The goal is to enhance culturally competent HIV primary care delivery for Latino populations in order to improve sustained viral suppression outcomes and reduce new infections.

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The New York University Silver School of Social Work’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) and NYC Health + Hospitals Correctional Health Services have developed a webinar series on culturally appropriate HIV primary care engagement and service delivery with Latino populations. The series is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.

Details and a link to the content, which is free of charge, are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS yet are routinely overlooked in regards to national prioritization of HIV prevention and treatment needs,” said CLAFH Director Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, lead author and presenter of the webinar.

The webinar series serves as a guide for health and social service providers to improve engagement and retention in care among Latinos living with HIV and with a history of criminal justice involvement. The core goal of the webinar series is to enhance culturally competent HIV primary care delivery in order to improve sustained viral suppression outcomes and reduce new infections.”

The webinars cover three modules: 1) increasing health care utilization among Latino/a HIV patients, 2) overview of HIV/AIDS among Latinos, and 3) HIV/AIDS and incarceration among Latino/as. While the curriculum addresses issues specific to Puerto Ricans and those who are or have been incarcerated, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos said much of it is relevant to the broader Latino community.

In addition to providing important facts, the webinars introduce four conceptual frameworks aimed at improving the cultural appropriateness of care for Latinos with HIV. Further, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos, who is also Pilot and Mentoring Core Director at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded P30 Center), and an infectious disease nurse practitioner affiliated with the Adolescent AIDS Program at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, noted that the webinars draw not only from his research and scholarship, but also from his direct practice work with Latino young people living with or at risk of HIV.

The free webinars are designed for diverse providers of care, including primary care, mental health and substance use treatment and social services. Continuing education units are available for physicians, nurses, and Certified Health Educators, as well as many other health and social service professionals who view the two-part webinar series, complete an evaluation, and pass a posttest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Health + Hospitals Correctional Health Services, and CLAFH are jointly providing the continuing education units for this activity. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Training and Continuing Education Online or contact the NYU press officer listed with this release.

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