Dr. Frank Borgers, clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, will co-lead implementation of a four-year project to develop inter-professional HIV/AIDS training for health providers.
This project is funded under the umbrella of an $11.4 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant received by MATEC that launches multiple innovations in HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
Professor Borgers will co-lead the inter-professional HIV/AIDS training project with Dr. Ricardo A. Rivero, executive director for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC), and Dr. Mary T. Keehn, special assistant to the vice provost for programs and planning for inter-professional education and associate dean for clinical affairs.
The grant will support a regional HIV Inter-professional Education (IPE) collaborative that, in addition to UIC, will include five other university-based IPE programs, MATEC centers, and community partner practice sites (centered on Indiana University; University of Minnesota; University of Cincinnati; University of Nebraska; and, University of Wisconsin). Under UIC’s leadership, the UPE collaborative will develop, implement and evaluate inter-professional team-based certification programs for health professions students to help prepare a workforce which is ready and able to optimize care and outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
“CEIPE is excited to partner with MATEC is this project. Collaborative practice has the potential to bring a broad array of expertise into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDs and further to address quality of life in the economic and social domains,” said Dr. Keehn. “ The combined expertise in health, HIV/AIDs and IPE that exists across the six states partners will contribute to the creation of a curriculum that will provide a national model not only for collaborative practice for this population but for other patients and populations.”
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