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Didactic Components

The PTF interprofessional didactic curriculum is organized in workshop-style courses, all built upon the foundations of the HIV epidemic for the emerging professional, which are explored in the pre-requisite course, PTF HIV 101. All didactic components include facilitators with expertise along the HIV continuum of care and who bring knowledge and experience from multiple disciplines and practice environments. As a result of the PTF didactic components, students will gain a better understanding of the HIV epidemic in the United States, their discipline-specific role in addressing the epidemic and their role as part of an interprofessional team in closing the gaps in the continuum of care.

COURSE NAME: Preparing the Future (PTF) HIV 101 Workshop*

COURSE TYPE: Capacity Building
COURSE FACULTY: Alexandra "Allie" Reitz, BS, JACQUES Initiative, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, various guest speakers
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduce the PTF program and the role of students and faculty in the PTF program. Provide an overview on the basics of HIV including the epidemiology of HIV in the US, Maryland and Baltimore and how the epidemic impacts various populations. Describe the relevance of HIV to the emerging professional, through their individual discipline and as part of an interprofessional team. Introduce the JACQUES Initiative and its comprehensive continuum of care for HIV. Provide interactive opportunities to assimilate the content presented. *Pre-requisite for all PTF courses 

COURSE NAME: 'Preparing the Future' Testing Training

COURSE TYPE: Capacity Building
COURSE FACULTY: Alexandra "Allie" Reitz, BS, JACQUES Initiative, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this training, we will cover relevant HIV & HCV testing regulations and other legal issues in Maryland with their relevance to us as healthcare professionals. We will explore implementation strategies and scripts to offer testing and delivery of results for application in community and clinical settings. With a focus on communication skills, we will practice taking risk assessments and furthermore how to promote healthy living through prevention counseling techniques, risk reduction and "safe-place" messaging to our clients. With a focus on providing linkage to care services within the Baltimore Metropolitan area, this training also consists of demonstration and use of rapid antibody tests, Clearview for HIV and HCV OraQuick Advance in which all students will be certified.  

COURSE NAME: Interdisciplinary Case Conference

COURSE TYPE: Enrichment Workshop
COURSE FACULTY: JACQUES Initiative Staff and various UM Faculty
COURSE DESCRIPTION: in this multidisciplinary learning opportunity designed for emerging professionals, students and faculty present real-life cases from the ‘Preparing the Future’ program. Case presentations are followed by case discussions related to patient care delivery. Gain an understanding of a holistic continuum of care from HIV diagnosis, linkage to care, treatment and beyond. Multidisciplinary members of the JACQUES Initiative Staff and UM Faculty provide their expertise and enhance interprofessional perspectives. Topics related to the comprehensive management of patient care will include: HIV Testing & Outreach, Primary Medical Care, Case Management & Mental Health, Pharmacy & Treatment Adherence, Legal Services, Oral Health, Stigma, Psycho-social Barriers, Supportive Services and more.

COURSE NAME: LGBT Cultural Competency Workshop

COURSE TYPE: Enrichment Workshop
COURSE FACULTY: Kate Bishop, MSSA, STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will provide relevant information to future healthcare professionals to deliver more culturally competent care. Working inter-professionally, the course will cover a range of topics including terminology and concepts, health concerns and barriers to healthcare. Finally, participants will go through an exercise on how to take a complete and accurate sexual history with this population. The workshop will be interactive and recommended readings will be provided in advance. Topics include: Orientation to Sexual Orientation, Trans* Topics, Intersections to Identity, Psychosocial and Health Issues, Queer Sexuality.

COURSE NAME: Social Justice Workshop

COURSE TYPE: Enrichment Workshop
COURSE FACULTY: Marik Moen, MPH, MS, RN, Assistant Professor of Family & Community Health, Jeffrey Johnson, Associate Director of Global Nursing Education, Office of Global Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will examine how a social justice perspective helps us to understand the root causes of race, class, and gender disparities in HIV/AIDS in Baltimore. We will address why the World Health Organization reports that social injustice is killing millions of people every year throughout the world.  We'll also review the scientific evidence that indicates that HIV/AIDS and other forms of suffering, illness and premature death are caused to a considerable extent by the social determinants of health, in other words by the conditions into which people are born, educated, and work as well as the nature of the physical spaces in which they live out their lives. The social justice perspective leads us to question the often held assumption that HIV/AIDS is simply a matter of personal choice and individual responsibility. The purpose of this workshop is to deepen our understanding of why specific groups of people in Baltimore come to be infected with the HIV virus and others do not.  Our discussions will delve into issues such as racism and segregation; unemployment and poverty; and the impact of the 'war on drugs' on incarceration rates in the African American community.  By the end of the workshop we will see how this cascade of social injustice and structural violence has created a geographic zone of extreme risk for HIV/AIDs incidence and prevalence concentrated in the communities that surround UMB.

COURSE NAME: HIV Criminalization

COURSE TYPE: Enrichment Workshop
COURSE FACULTY: Sara Gold, JD, Clinical Law Instructor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
TIME DURATION: 2 hours, 15 min.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore the criminalization of HIV. We will educate participants on the many state laws that exist to make the transmission of HIV a crime, and explore the impact of these criminal laws on individuals and our communities. Case examples will be used to facilitate discussion about how “HIV-specific” statutes impact our goal of ending the HIV epidemic. At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of HIV criminalization and the nature of HIV-specific laws in the United States.
  • Describe the impact of HIV criminalization laws on individuals and communities.
  • Discern the impact of HIV criminalization on ending the HIV epidemic.



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