The Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center (OR AETC) began as a program of the Research and Education Group (REG) in 2002. Founded in 1982 as the Oregon AIDS Task Force, the Research and Education Group was the largest community-based HIV research program in the Pacific Northwest. Its consortium of 30 participating physician investigators and mid-level practitioners in Oregon and Southwest Washington provide primary care to over 2900 HIV patients at 13 clinical sites in the Portland area. REG dissolved in 2014, moving all research programs, along with the OR AETC, to the Portland VA Research Foundation (PVARF), which is the non-profit arm of the Portland VA Medical Center (Portland VAMC). Dr. Melissa D. Murphy is the Principal Investigator and serves as HIV Lead Clinician for the Portland VA Medical Center and the broader VA region that serves Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Oregon AETC is closely affiliated with the Multnomah County Department of Health's HIV Health Services Center (HHSC) in Portland, an MWAETC subcontractor and the largest Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Part C clinic in Oregon. The Oregon AETC is committed to the End HIV Oregon’s mission to end new HIV infections across the state by 2030 through testing, prevention, and treatment while ensuring equitable access to care for those disproportionately impacted by the epidemic.
- Individual and group clinical consultation to primary care and HIV providers in Oregon and Southwest Washington
- One-on-one prescriber support, which allows providers to meet with AETC faculty who are trained to distill the latest clinical evidence and guidelines.
- Onsite training for providers, practices, systems and local health departments on topics such as:
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Routine testing & linkage to care
- Primary care management of HIV
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
- The syndemic of HIV, Hepatitis C, and substance use disorder
- DHHS treatment updates
- Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)
- Syphilis and congenital syphilis
- Trauma-informed care and the impacts of discrimination on healthcare access
- Sexual history taking
- Technical Assistance for Primary Care Medical Homes/Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Communities of Practice
- PrEP Navigation Community of Practice
- HIV Nursing Community of Practice
- HIV Breakfast Club
- PrEP/nPEP Workgroup
- STI & PrEP Forum
- TelePrEP Community of Practice
- Rapid ART Initiation Community of Practice
- HIV Continuum of Care Conference
A biennial, free to attend training event for individuals in a professional role to support those living with HIV along the care continuum. This includes clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, care coordinators, and community health workers. This year’s event was held virtually and centered on equity and improving health outcomes in rural Oregon. Next event: Fall 2023.
- 2SLGBTQ+ Meaningful Care Conference
A day-long training event for healthcare and social service professionals, the Meaningful Care Conference aims to promote 2SLGBTQ+ inclusivity in health care and social services, share current 2SLGBTQ+ best practices, and to develop and diversify networks of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive health care and social service providers. Next event: Spring 2024.
- PrEP Connect
A biannual event convening Oregon stakeholders to discuss updates to PrEP access and identifying evolving problems for innovations and collaboration. Clinicians, pharmacists, social workers, program administrators, public health, patient navigators, and individuals working with people who use substances are encouraged to attend. Next event: Fall 2022.
- HIV Continuum of Care Conference