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HIV/AIDS

  • General Information
    • 1-800-541-AIDS
    • 1-800-233-7432 Spanish
  • AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
    • 1-800-542-2437
  • HIV Confidentiality Hotline
    • 1-800-962-5065

CEI Program & Services for clinicians

  • (315) 477-8479 or visit www.ceitraining.org
    • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEP Line)
      • 1-866-637-2342
  • HIV/Hepatitis C
    • 1-866-637-2342
  • STDs
    • 1-866-637-2342

Education Programs

Clinical Education Initiative (HIV/Hepatitis C Center, Resource Center, STD Center of Excellence)

The Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) addresses the educational needs of clinical providers caring for patients with HIV, STD’s and Hepatitis C. CEI employs both in-person and the latest distance learning and digital health technologies to:  

  • provide progressive HIV, HCV, STD, and PEP/PrEP education to clinicians;
  • disseminate AIDS Institute clinical practice guidelines;
  • expand the base of providers able to diagnose and care for HIV, HCV and STD patients; and 
  • foster partnerships between community-based providers and HIV, HCV and STD specialists.

CEI collaborates with the NY/NJ AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), Physicians Research Network (PRN), American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV), and other educational organizations in order to maximize local resources and reach providers throughout New York State with an emphasis on keeping pace with advances in science, policy, program development and emerging strategies to improve health outcomes.

Services and resources provided by CEI include:

  • CEI website  www.ceitraining.org – provides access to continuing and non-continuing education courses, overviews of popular topics, training, support, and other resources;
  • Statewide CEI Line (866-637-2342) - for access to case-based PEP/PrEP, STD, HIV and HCV educational consultation;
  • Mobile website;
  • Apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod devices;
  • Interactive case simulation tools;
  • QR code feature.

CEI has three Centers of Excellence

HIV/Hepatitis C Center – Mount Sinai at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital

The HIV/HCV Center develops continuing education accredited curricula and clinical education interventions relating to HIV, HIV/HCV co-infection and HCV mono-infection.  Each curriculum and intervention is created with input obtained from HIV and HCV care providers through ongoing clinical education needs assessments.

This Center delivers a mix of in-person and distance learning clinical education programs (including tele-consulting, webinar, webcasting, digital health and other emerging distance education technologies) to ensure access to clinical expertise and training in all areas of the state, with a focus on areas designated as Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs), rural areas and other areas where HIV or HCV providers are in short supply. 

The HIV/HCV Center also houses the statewide CEI Line (866-637-2342) which provides access to case-based PEP/PrEP, STD, HIV and HCV educational consultation. 

STD Center of Excellence – University of Rochester

The STD Center develops curricula and clinical education interventions relating to STDs. Each curriculum and intervention is created with input obtained from STD care providers through ongoing clinical education needs assessments.

In order to ensure access to clinical expertise and training in all areas of the state, the STD Center delivers both in-person clinical education opportunities (which include intensive clinical preceptorships, an annual statewide STD conference and regional conferences) as well as distance learning opportunities (which include tele-consulting, webinars, webcasting, digital health and other emerging distance education technologies). Through this combined approach the STD Center is able to reach areas that are designated as Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs), rural areas and other areas where STD treatment providers are in short supply. 

Working in conjunction with the HIV/HCV Center, the STD Center also provides case-based educational consultation on STD clinical care with the CEI Line (866-637-2342). 

Resource Center for Excellence – University of Rochester

The Resource Center enables CEI to employ the latest distance learning and tele-consulting technologies by staying abreast of the latest developments in distance learning modalities, adapting to ever changing platforms, and leading CEI into new technologies.

The Resource Center maintains the www.ceitraining.org website and all CEI digital technology tools, provides an on-line registration system, manages requests for training, maintains a provider database and also maintains an electronic reporting system to track clinical education activities. 

Contact:

Cheryl Smith, MD
Clinical Education Initiative Medical Director
Office of the Medical Director
(212) 417-4513
cheryl.smith@health.ny.gov

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HIV/STI/Viral Hepatitis Training Services

Non-physician health and human services providers require ongoing training to provide effective HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and viral hepatitis prevention, screening, care and support services. HIV Education and Training Programs, within the AIDS Institute's Office of the Medical Director, implements three distinct training initiatives to meet these needs. Overall, these initiatives offer approximately 300 training events annually in more than 30 different training courses.  These programs reach approximately 8,000 health and human services providers each year.  Emphasis is placed on keeping pace with advances in science, policy, program development and emerging strategies to improve health outcomes.  A growing number of trainings are available via webinar and other on-line formats. Select courses are approved for OASAS credentialing towards the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification.

The latest HIV/STI/viral hepatitis training information is always available at: www.hivtrainingny.org

Specific training initiatives include:

  • Regional Training Centers
  • Centers of Expertise

Regional Training Centers

Regional Training Centers in each area of the state offer a variety of trainings on HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis that cover core prevention, testing and health care topics that include: HIV testing; integrated HIV/HCV rapid screening; HIV/HCV co-infection; case management; critical social issues related to HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis; harm reduction; cultural competency and informational updates.  Based on regional demand and on-going needs assessments, training centers offer courses from a menu of more than 20 different trainings.  Each training center regularly offers job-specific training for staff that serve as outreach workers, disease prevention specialists, case managers, social workers and other health and human service providers.  Regional training centers are uniquely poised to provide training about new state regulations that affect HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis services.  

Centers of Expertise

In an effort to ensure the availability of advanced, state-of-the-art training in certain specialized topic areas, the AIDS Institute has established the following training Centers of Expertise:

  • HIV/AIDS Case Management;
  • Aging and HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis;
  • Managing Patients with Co-Occurring Disorders of Substance Use and Mental Health;  
  • Sexual Health and Gender Identity; and
  • Legal Training and Technical Assistance

Each Center of Expertise is responsible for offering trainings across the state.  Centers of Expertise possess demonstrated knowledge and experience in a specific topic area.  They are charged with translating the latest findings in research and practice into skills-building trainings to further the capacity of health and human services providers to deliver prevention, screening, care and support services to persons living with or at risk for HIV, STIs, and/or viral hepatitis. 

Centers of Expertise in HIV/AIDS Case Management

The Centers of Expertise in HIV/AIDS Case Management provide training to staff who come from a variety of different case management settings, including community based programs and Health Homes.  These trainings are intended to assist providers with securing and coordinating services which address the psychosocial and health care needs of HIV-infected clients, with an emphasis on removing barriers that prevent receipt of regular HIV primary care and adherence to treatment.  A large array of training topics are offered, including but not limited to: Advanced HIV Case Management Service Planning; Interdisciplinary Case Conferencing; Supervision and Leadership; Boundaries and Counter-transference; Managing Chronic Illness; and Navigating Services through Non-Traditional Streams.

Center of Expertise in Aging and HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis

Medications have dramatically lengthened and improved the quality of life for people living with HIV.  However, these individuals continue to face the challenge of lifelong antiretroviral therapy and other health issues associated with aging.  In addition, lack of knowledge or the stigma still associated with HIV, STIs and viral hepatitis keeps many older adults from learning their status or seeking treatment.  The Center of Expertise in Aging and HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis ensures that non-clinical providers have increased capacity to deliver health promotion and maintenance interventions for sexually active but uninformed or misinformed seniors and for older adults living with HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis.

Center of Expertise in Managing Patients with Co-Occurring Disorders of Substance Use, Mental Health and Trauma

The Center of Expertise in Managing Patients with Co-Occurring Disorders works with the AIDS Institute to develop trainings that address the complex issues facing individuals with co-occurring substance use, mental health and trauma disorders.  The National Development and Research Institutes is responsible for developing informative, skills building trainings to assist health and human service providers working in HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis services in their efforts to deliver prevention, testing, referral to care, partner services, case management and related support services to individuals with these co-occurring disorders.

Center of Expertise in Sexual Health and Gender Identity

The Center of Expertise in Sexual Health and Gender Identity is responsible for designing and delivering trainings on sexual health throughout the human life cycle focused on the prevention of HIV, STIs, viral hepatitis and unplanned pregnancy.  The Hetrick-Martin Institute works with the AIDS Institute to ensure that trainings address key social issues that affect sexual health, sexuality, and gender identity including cultural and gender-based norms, sexual trauma and violence, discrimination and stigmatization, racism, poverty and youth development.

Center of Expertise in Legal Training & Technical Assistance

Providers serving persons with HIV need to stay current with changes in regulations and interpretations relevant to HIV/AIDS laws and access to legal services. This Center of Expertise assists providers in navigating complex legal and practical issues raised by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Legal Action Center is responsible for providing training and technical assistance on HIV confidentiality, agency confidentiality policies, discrimination and other legal issues.

Contact:

Richard Cotroneo, MA
Director, HIV Education and Training Programs
Office of the Medical Director
(518) 474-3045
richard.cotroneo@health.ny.gov

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People Living with HIV/AIDS Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

The People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) Leadership Training Institute (LTI) provides training, skills-building, motivation, and education to Adult and Young Adult PLWHA in the areas of HIV health care and health care advocacy to support the development of involved and effective HIV-positive community leaders.  The goal of this project is to deliver the LTI’s multi-level patient self management health education and empowerment program that utilizes training and peer mentorship to improve access to, utilization of and retention in health care for PLWHA and to improve their health outcomes.

LTI Adult and Young Adult Patient Self Management Trainings

The LTI training entitled, “Self-management:  Becoming Your Own Health Care Advocate,” is for Adult and Young Adult PLWHA who want to address concerns they have with their health care.  Topics include the importance of staying in care; understanding lab values; opportunistic infection management and prevention; HIV medications, treatment adherence and drug resistance; nutrition, substance use and mental health; improving communication with health care providers; New York State standards of HIV care; HIV/AIDS and other health conditions and behaviors; transitioning from adolescent to adult HIV care; prevention with positives; dating and disclosure; working with a mentor; and consumer involvement in HIV quality management programs and quality improvement activities.

The training provides knowledge, skills and motivation necessary for participants to improve their understanding and management of their own HIV health care.  Each LTI self-management participant who completes the training is matched with a peer mentor and expected to participate in program follow-up activities with mentors for six-months following completion of the initial 3-day training.  LTI mentors coach participants on utilizing their knowledge and skills to access health care services, build strong relationships with health care providers, advocate for their own care needs and maintain adherence to treatment regimens.  At the conclusion of the six-month mentoring period, graduates are encouraged to join client or patient advisory bodies or quality improvement teams/committees where they receive health care and/or supportive services.

Overall satisfaction with the training has been extremely positive, with more than 90 percent of individuals stating they were glad they participated in the training and they would recommend the training to a friend or colleague.

Contact:

Mary Beth Vannucci
LTI Contract Manager
Office of Planning and Community Affairs
Executive Office
(518) 473-2903
(877) 874-0776 (toll-free)
marybeth.vannucci@health.ny.gov

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STD/HIV Prevention Training Center

The New York State STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (NYS PTC) is one of three Training Centers funded nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Disease Intervention Services Training Center (DISTC) Collaborative (2014-2019). Jointly funded by the Divisions of STD Prevention and HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC, the DISTC delivers both nationally standardized intensive Partner Services training (e.g., Passport to Partner Services, Field Safety training), as well as disease intervention specialist workforce assessment, development, and evaluation. New DISTC initiatives include public health detailing, cross training for public health response/outbreaks, and expanded roles for disease intervention specialists in linkage to care. NYS PTC is housed within the Bureau of STD Prevention and Epidemiology, with funding administered through Health Research, Inc.

Contact:

Sue Anne Payette
Disease Intervention Services Training Center (DISTC) Manager
NYS STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
Bureau of STD Prevention and Epidemiology
(518) 474-1692
sueanne.payette@health.ny.gov

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National Viral Hepatitis Technical Assistance Center

The National Viral Hepatitis Technical Assistance (TA) Center is a comprehensive, multi-tiered initiative that provides CDC-funded Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators (AVHPCs) working in 49 states and seven large city jurisdictions with training, technical assistance and resources to accomplish viral hepatitis prevention services.  The Viral Hepatitis TA Center coordinates a variety of activities including orientation and training of newly hired AVHPCs; monthly technical assistance calls on recent developments, strategies and new opportunities in the field of viral hepatitis; support in strategic planning, development of program protocols, and implementation of guidelines; identification of existing research, training and educational resources in the field of viral hepatitis; and development of new curricula around viral hepatitis for non-clinical providers in a variety of work settings.


Contact:

Richard Cotroneo, MA
Director, HIV Education and Training Programs
Office of the Medical Director
(518) 474-3045
richard.cotroneo@health.ny.gov

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NY/NJ AETC Oral Health Regional Resource Center

The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute recognizes the importance of oral health care delivery as an integral component of quality HIV primary care.  In addition, the AIDS Institute is under contract with the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), www.nynjaetc.org as the Oral Health Regional Resource Center (RRC).  To address the varied needs and services associated with dental care, the AIDS Institute offers the following:

Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Oral Health Care for People with HIV Infection.  These guidelines are intended to provide dentists and other primary care team members with important clinical information to address the oral health needs of HIV patients in a multidisciplinary manner.  www.hivguidelines.org

Educational Presentations

The New York/New Jersey AETC RRC offers specialized trainings in HIV oral health care to meet specific agency and individual needs of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and primary care clinicians while providing professional development credits.  Training is available in a variety of formats ranging from didactic presentations to case presentations, clinical consultations and customized preceptorships.  Available educational modules include but are not limited to the following:

  • diagnosis and management of oral lesions;
  • post-exposure prophylaxis and accident prevention;
  • legal and ethical dental issues; and
  • dental treatment modifications for HIV infected patients.

HIV Oral Health Resource Directory

This resource, organized by region and borough, is intended as a referral tool for providers and individuals seeking oral health services. 

Technical Assistance 

Technical assistance is available to oral health providers and administrators to assist in the development of new or expanded dental services, including HIV testing in the dental chair, responsive to the needs of HIV-infected persons.

Clinical Performance Quality Indicators 

The Oral Health Guidelines Committee has developed quality of care performance indicators for HIV health care facilities that provide dental services.

Contact:

Howard Lavigne
Linkage, Retention & Adherence and AETC
Office of the Medical Director
(315) 477-8479
howard.lavigne@health.ny.gov

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