Using Technology to Provide Clinician Education and Improve HIV Care: The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center


The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, headquartered at Pitt Public Health, was highlighted in the HRSA, Ryan White Biennial Report published in late September 2021. The article highlights the work of IDM's Linda Frank and her staff, Susan Winters and Ingrid Godfrey in the utilization of the Learner Education and Practice Portal (LEAPP) to reach health professionals in Region 3 of the USPHS for education, technical assistance and consultation on HIV, COVID-19 and related disorders such as Hepatitis, STI, substance use disorders and psychiatric illness. The LEAPP was developed by the MAAETC and licensed through the Pitt Innovation Institute.

Frank explained that MAAETC focuses on “making sure that [health care providers] have the skills and the knowledge to offer HIV testing, initiate rapid start of antiretroviral therapy [ART], and … identify people who are candidates for pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP].”

MAAETC also runs an Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. workgroup in collaboration with regional partners. According to Ingrid Godfrey, Distance Learning Specialist at MAAETC, “We really work closely with our regional partners to develop new trainings, new communities of practice, and really share ideas. It’s been great to increase that collaboration, even during the pandemic, through virtual meetings.” 

“I think that the important thing about LEAPP is that it is built specifically for the AETC,” said Susan Winters, Data Manager for MAAETC, “so we are able to capture the data exactly how we need to and report it exactly how we need to.”

Read the full article (PDF - see pages 46-52)


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