The focus of the federal EHE initiative is reducing new HIV infections.
The federal Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative is focused on significantly reducing new HIV transmissions so that the epidemic begins to shrink. The goal is to reduce the number of new infections by 75 percent within five years, and then by at least 90 percent within 10 years. The MWAETC is essential to assuring that the region’s health care workforce has the clinical competency, cultural awareness, and commitment to enact the 4 Pillars of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative:
The MWAETC plays an essential and unique role in ending the HIV epidemic in our 10-state region, which includes Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and states in the mountain plains region of the US.
King County is the sole EHE jurisdiction in the MWAETC region. The MWAETC is working hand in hand with the Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC) to coordinate efforts and maximize impact. The MWAETC participates in County EHE Healthcare Advisory Group and has consulted with PHSKC in developing our plans. The MWAETC is collaborating with long-time partner African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) on addressing health inequities that contribute to the impact of the HIV epidemic.
Pillars 1 and 3 Diagnose/Prevent
The MWAETC will provide training and technical assistance and engage non-traditional sites such as:
in providing HIV prevention (PrEP) and diagnostic services (HIV/Hep C/Hep B screening) within their programs.
Pillar 2 Treat
Under this pillar the MWAETC will provide training, technical assistance, and clinical consultation to help providers with:
Our goal is to increase the numbers of health care professionals in King County who provide inclusive, high quality care and treatment throughout all phases of the HIV care continuum and achieve positive health outcomes for all people with HIV in King County.
Pillar 4 Respond
MWAETC staff and faculty stand ready to partner with public health officials and medical and community-based providers to develop flexible responses to newly identified clusters of infection.
While only one county in the MWAETC region qualifies for receiving new resources during the first five years of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, it is vital that HIV prevention, screening, diagnosis, and effective treatment are provided EVERYWHERE if we are to be successful ending the epidemic in our region.
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