Finally, ACRIA operates a unique national TA service to establish treatment education capacity within several regions of the United States. This initiative not only teaches non-medical care providers how to become effective and responsible HIV health educators, but it also offers guidance on how an HIV education initiative can best be integrated within other existing agency services.
ACRIA is making a long-term commitment to national TA because so many large and small communities currently do not have any treatment education services for their local PLWA populations. As a result, far too many individuals are missing out on vital healthcare opportunities that can keep their immune systems intact. No other entity, non-profit or otherwise, has been able to establish a program like ours that offers sustained support to help communities with unmet needs to remedy their lack of treatment education resources.
ACRIA's TA program has received international attention for its unique curriculum to foster learning of treatment subject matter and education skills. These services include multi-day tutorials, single day follow-up workshops and an opportunity for some participants to come to New York to accompany our staff at their education sessions within many different neighborhoods. ACRIA's 300-plus page training manual for this program is also recognized as the premier teaching resource for this purpose. It includes didactic and individual role playing devices within 19 distinct modules.
Responding to participant requests for more time to learn the complex treatment subject matter, ACRIA extended the initial TA sessions from three to four full days in 2002. This is allowing the program to devote significant attention to more esoteric treatment issues like interaction between antiviral medications and street drugs, new drugs in the development pipeline, resistance and mutations, etc. The longer sessions are also allowing participants to spend more time on learning how to adapt education approaches to meet the needs of different audiences.
Not only did ACRIA provide significant follow-up support in 2002 to communities that had previously received initial intensive multi-day TA workshops, but we also offered this program in two entirely new communities - Baltimore and Detroit. 57 staff members from 31 agencies in these two cities attended the TA sessions. ACRIA also began the planning process to provide this service in Madison, Wisconsin in 2003. – less – More from ZoomInfo »