A collaborative model for HIV/AIDS education and training for Native American healthcare providers
B Blake1, V Franklin2, W McGuckin3, R Greenfield3, A I Ribo1, L Machado3, R Jones1, S A Moreno4
1Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education & Training Center, Dallas, United States; 2Ahalaya Native Care Center, Oklahoma City, United States; 3University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, United States; 4Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, United States
Issues: Native Americans in the U.S. are disproportionately represented in virtually every risk associated with AIDS, including sexually transmitted infections, intravenous drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and domestic and sexual violence. Despite this, Native Americans have been largely ignored in efforts to educate communities about AIDS. Two decades of the pandemic have confirmed that collaborations and interdisciplinary educational efforts can improve access to care, however, the precise manner for orchestrating these collaborations remains elusive and poorly documented, particularly in reference to indigenous communities.
Description: this paper focuses on the collaborative process that ensued between a Native American community agency, and a federally sponsored AIDS training program, through an initiative funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The planning issues, training needs, curricula, and pedagogy used to implement a culturally appropriate “Train the Trainer” program are described. The model includes: 1) training 14 “Champions” from Native American communities; 2) didactic and preceptor clinical training; 3) presentation of cross-cultural aspects of the disease, imparted by an anthropologist, Native American agency staff, and traditional healers; 4) follow up “Teach Back” sessions for the Champions to train community members; and 5) an interdisciplinary team, representing 5 disciplines.
Lessons Learned: Native American community agencies are invaluable partners in the development of AIDS training for Native American healthcare providers. Interdisciplinary approaches that integrate cross-cultural issues are an effective approach for promoting HIV prevention and disease treatment among Native Americans.
Recommendations: new collaborations between Native American community agencies and “mainstream” healthcare agencies should be explored to assess the full range of training needs, and to devise culturally responsive programs.
The XIV International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. WePeG7037
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