IDM's Linda Rose Frank is the principal investigator of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center (MAAETC), which has been funded $400,000 for the next year by HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau from the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the consequences of the pandemic on persons with HIV.
The $400,000 is part of the $90 million awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services on April 15, 2020, for COVID-19 response through the fiscal year 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is particularly important to health care providers serving persons with HIV as they are immunocompromised and may put them at increase risk for COVID-19. Strategies are needed to increase HIV and COVID-19 testing, prevention, and treatment.
The MAAETC has increased its capacity to offer weekly distance-based training and offer technical assistance to quickly and efficiently reach health care providers throughout Region 3 of the US Public Health Services along with its regional partners at universities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware with new prevention and treatment strategies as they are developed on the COVID-19 pandemic and the intersection with the HIV epidemic. For information, please see maaetc.org or call 412-624-1895 for a list of training programs and to schedule technical assistance.