From 2012-2014, the Black AIDS Institute, Latino Commission on AIDS, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Janssen Therapeutics, CDC, and John Hopkins University came together to measure knowledge of HIV science and treatment within the HIV non-medical workforce, evaluate workers’ familiarity with and attitudes toward recent biomedical interventions, and identify factors that may affect HIV knowledge and attitudes. With over 4,000 respondents, the findings of that survey indicated that there was a broad diversity of knowledge, and that overall, there was a need for training and standardization of baseline knowledge.
In response to survey findings about the low level of knowledge of non-clinical HIV workforce staff (read:When We Know Better We Do Better”), the HIV Workforce Certification Program is focused on increasing and sustaining HIV literacy around scientific advances and biomedical and behavioral tools for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This certification will provide a standardized base of knowledge for those working in the field of HIV. The HIV Workforce Certification Program is currently under development, under the advisement of a national steering committee, and conducting focus groups, town halls, and key informant interviews.
For more information, contact LestianM@blackaids.org