The Dakotas AIDS Education and Training Center (DAETC) serves both North and South Dakota with the mission to educate healthcare and other professionals in practice within the states on the detection, care, and management of people living with HIV (PLWH). The Dakotas are rural states encompassing large geographic distances with Native American populations. DAETC focuses on the mentoring and capacity building of providers and others serving PLWH in rural and remote areas, facilitating the routine screening, testing, and linkage to care of populations at risk for the acquisition or transmission of HIV.
Since 1988, the Dakotas AETC has successfully collaborated with major stakeholders in the two states including the respective health departments; the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas; Falls Community Health in Sioux Falls - a Ryan White Part C clinic; and the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service which includes federal, tribal, and urban health clinics.
- Education programs on all aspects of HIV, including PrEP, hepatitis C and other STDs
- Monthly webinar on HIV-related topics that are chosen based upon the needs and requests of North and South Dakota providers
- Technical assistance including rapid testing training for HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis
- Annual Great Plains Area Indian Health Service conference assistance