Capacity Building Assistance for HIV Prevention Providers
2022 Spring Calendar and Registration
To register staff for these training courses, click here and complete this short survey. All courses listed are virtual unless otherwise stated. Please pay attention to the course location. If a location is listed, virtual attendance is not an option.
Counseling, Testing, and Referral Training for HIV Testers in Tennessee
The I Know – HIV Prevention Counseling and Testing training is required certification for HIV testers who receive HIV tests from TDH and Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) in health departments in the state of Tennessee. This training is conducted in partnership with community-based organizations to ensure that the most updated, culturally-appropriate content is provided. In this training, participants will learn how to:
· Conduct HIV prevention counseling with clients taking an HIV test
· Deliver positive, negative, and invalid test results to clients
· Work with testing clients of different ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations
· Run up to three different types of rapid HIV test devices
· Link newly-diagnosed clients to HIV care using the Rapid Testing Guidelines
· Report HIV testing information to local and state health departments
In 2021, I Know training is provided in collaboration with three community-based organizations:
· OUTMemphis (Southwest Region)
· Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi (Middle Region)
· Choice Health Network (East Region)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all I Know training courses are being offered are virtual.
To learn more about when in-person and virtual I Know courses are scheduled, check the calendar above and click here to sign up for the HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis United Way Weekly Bulletin.
To register for an upcoming I Know training, click here.
Training for PrEP Navigators
To support access to PrEP across the state of Tennessee, TDH provides training and funding for PrEP navigators. This training provides a baseline of knowledge about PrEP, including how it works and how to identify good candidates for PrEP. Some information about PEP and U=U is also provided. Additionally, the training provides practice using case management and educational skills, including the basics of motivational interviewing, how to take an affirming and sex-positive sexual history, and how to demonstrate proper condom use. Finally, this course trains navigators to connect PrEP clients to local medical and financial resources to facilitate PrEP access.
For an updated list of PrEP navigators in Tennessee funded through TDH, click here.
The 3-day PrEP navigation certification course is offered quarterly. Priority is given to PrEP navigators who are funded by or connected to TDH-funded HIV Prevention projects. For more information about the PrEP navigation certification course, please contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator.
PrEP Access Training for Health Department Staff
To increase PrEP access in every county in Tennessee, TDH offers training for health department staff such as nurses and/or DIS involved in HIV/STI treatment and prevention.
This training includes current information about PrEP and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV) medication regimens, briefs on the latest research studies on PrEP effectiveness, and skill-building activities designed to build staff capacity to work with diverse populations who are vulnerable to HIV.
The 1-day PrEP in the Health Department certification course is offered quarterly. For more information about the PrEP in the Health Department course, please contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator.
Please Note: This training is not appropriate for APNs or other health care providers seeking training on how to prescribe PrEP. The appropriate training for prescribing PrEP can be arranged by contacting Katherine Buchman, Director of Community Engagement and Special Projects.
PrEP Basics Training
To raise awareness about PrEP, TDH offers basic training about PrEP for community-based organization staff who provide sexual health and HIV testing, care, and prevention services to patients, clients, and community members in Tennessee. This course is a good fit for case managers, and staff who work alongside PrEP navigators, in HIV testing programs, on condom distribution projects, or in clinics where PrEP is prescribed or other HIV services are provided.
This half-day course includes current information about PrEP and PEP (the post-exposure option) medication regimens, an overview of PrEP navigation services and a directory of organizations in Tennessee that offer it, resources to help clients pay for and access PrEP, and skill-building activities designed to build staff capacity to work with diverse populations who are vulnerable to HIV..
For more information about the PrEP Basics course, please contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator.
Harm Reduction Training for HIV/HCV Prevention Providers
Harm reduction is a set of practical public health strategies designed to reduce the negative health consequences of drug use. The TDH Harm Reduction training focuses on reducing the HIV and Hepatitis C risks involved in drug use and creating effective paths from substance misuse to healthier living.
The Harm Reduction training course is offered quarterly. Priority is given to Syringe Services staff who are funded by or attached to TDH HIV Prevention and Viral Hepatitis projects. The course is recommended for all health care, mental health, substance misuse, and social services professionals engaged in HIV prevention, viral hepatitis prevention, and sexual health work.
For more information about the Harm Reduction training course, please contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator.
EIS Refresher Course
Early Intervention Services (EIS) is a collection of activities that support people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV in getting access to HIV treatment and supportive services. The TDH EIS Refresher Course is designed for Ryan White Part B EIS staff. It covers the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) definition of EIS, current state data on the care outcomes for people living with HIV, the Centers of Excellence HIV providers, Ryan White Part B core services providers, and resources across the state for people new to living with HIV, and skill-building activities designed to build staff capacity to work with diverse adult populations.
The EIS Refresher Course is offered as needed for funded Ryan White Part B providers in Tennessee. Priority is given to Ryan White Part B staff who are funded by or attached to EIS and linkage-to-care projects.
For more information about the EIS Refresher Course, please contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator.
Capacity Building Partner Programs
TDH works in partnership to leverage national and regional resources that increase the quality and quantity of professional development opportunities available to the members of the HIV Prevention workforce in Tennessee.
The partnerships listed below require that users create a log in, but otherwise are low (and in most cases) no cost options for staff development training.
Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC)
SE AETC serves the HIV/AIDS educational needs of health care and social service providers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It offers comprehensive, collaborative educational opportunities designed to increase the size and strength of the HIV workforce. It is one of eight training centers founded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training and facilitate dissemination of rapidly changing information about HIV/AIDS for service providers.
CDC Train Learning Network
The Train Learning Network is powered by the Public Health Foundation, and works with the Centers for Disease Control and a national group of affiliate health agencies to make training courses, conference presentations, skill-building webinars, and certification training available online at little (and in most cases) no cost.
Click the link to learn more about CDC Train.
For HIV Prevention partners running evidence-based interventions, contact Elokin CaPece, HIV Capacity Building Coordinator to learn how you can access the HIV CBA Training Plan through CDC Train.