Practice Transformation (PT)
The South Central AIDS Education and Training Center (SCAETC) is participating in a Practice Transformation (PT) project. This is a HRSA-funded project that seeks to increase the size and strength of the HIV clinical workforce and to improve patient outcomes by integrating HIV into primary care. Selected community health centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers receiving funds under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act [FQHCs]) as well as Ryan White Part A- and/or B-funded clinics will be invited to participate in this program with the goal of advancing their capacity to provide quality, comprehensive HIV care and treatment along the HIV care continuum. These centers will benefit from training and technical assistance provided by the SCAETC Regional and Local partners as they build their clinical and organizational capacity to provide HIV care within a model of health care delivery that maximizes their capacity to provide quality and patient-centered care in their communities.
Traditionally, community health centers have been involved in providing HIV care from the beginning of the epidemic. The PT project seeks to increase the number of health centers able to meet the growing number of people living with HIV and to ensure quality of HIV care in the primary care setting.
The SCAETC PT Project focuses on organization structure and service delivery for sub-grantees (Part A and Part B clinics and FQHCs) in the five states in the SCAETC region. The practice transformation goals for the regions are consistent with the HIV care continuum which focuses on HIV testing, linkage, retention in care, and quality, evidence-based treatment that is able to attain undetectable viral loads among their patients living with HIV.
The PT project will provide longitudinal clinical and organizational training and technical assistance to these selected centers using various modalities including coaching, on-site presentations, professional targeted consultation services, and web-based virtual learning opportunities. Practice Transformation involves rethinking patient care from a patient’s perspective and building systems of care that meet a patient where he or she is. In order to achieve these goals within the context of the HIV care continuum, it is necessary to foster the creation of venues for care delivery that are culturally competent, well-suited to serve a diverse patient population, and are patient-centered. The SCAETC’s role is to make the transformation for these collaborating community health centers as efficient and effective as possible in order to implement a model of care that provides better HIV care for individuals, better health for populations, reduces health care costs, and improves patient satisfaction.
For more information, please feel free to contact:
Grayson Burgess, MPA
Project Manager – PT/IPE, SCAETC