In September 2011, through funding from Gilead Sciences’ HIV FOCUS program, the JACQUES Initiative (JI) at the Institute of Human Virology of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine launched the Preparing the Future (PTF) program to mobilize an academic campus, its clinical programs and surrounding community to address the goals of the National HIV and AIDS Strategy (NHAS).
Preparing the Future aims to lay the foundation for the routinization of HIV testing and linkage to care at the University of Maryland’s professional campus through an interprofessional approach and close the significant gaps in the continuum of care for HIV. Accomplishing its goals through an inter-professional approach, hands-on curriculum in all six schools on its campus, coupled with interventions in clinical settings that promote an integrated and normalized approach to the HIV epidemic, over 6,000 people will be tested for HIV through PTF’s academic and clinical efforts by the end of 2013. PTF is an investment in Maryland’s future, developing the infrastructure for an AIDS-free generation. This work concurrently creates infrastructure to address chronic disease and other public health crises for greater impact in urban centers across the country.
Goal: Integrate PTF into the curriculum and community engagement of all UMB students from each discipline on campus to include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, social work and dentistry. Integrate inter-professional learning opportunities in order to educate, empower and engage students on the multiple entry-points to achieve optimal diagnosis, care and treatment for people living with HIV.
Goal: Integrate the academic component of the PTF curriculum with clinical opportunities to promote and demonstrate the routinization of HIV testing in clinical settings at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Clinic.
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