By Terrance Moore, Director, Health Equity and Policy, NASTAD and Project Director, CEBACC
Over the past few months the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has been moving forward diligently with our cooperative agreement with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a technical assistance (TA) center. The Center for Engaging Black MSM Across the Care Continuum (CEBACC) will identify, compile, and disseminate best practices and effective models for HIV clinical care and treatment across the HIV care continuum, in order to increase the capacity, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare providers to screen, diagnose, link, and retain Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in HIV clinical care.
We recently conducted our first webinar to provide updates on our progress, and even offer more information about the work we have been doing. During this webinar we explored key themes from our focus group discussions between health care providers and Black gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). From August to November, we have conducted 19 focus groups with Black gay men/MSM as well as their providers. We shared an overview of our findings such as emerging themes, successful strategies and challenges both groups faced.
We are making great strides in compiling best care models and promising practices occurring in places around the country. The information from the focus groups will help influence the models and how we disseminate information about the project. As part of our next phase of focus groups, we will take some information from our models and current findings to ensure everything aligns with what resources patients and providers are requesting.
After speaking with providers, we found out they are craving more resources to better engage this key population. As part of our TA center, we are developing training modules that include continuing medical education (CME)/continuing nursing education (CNE)/continuing education units (CEU) for physicians, nurses, and other providers.
With the CEBACC project, we are partnering with HRSA and a range of national and community partners to build a bridge between Black gay men/MSM patients and health care providers. Not only are these outcomes dear to our staff, federal and national partners involved with CEBACC, this project also aligns with the national goals of accelerating improvements in HIV prevention and care, and reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities.
In the question and answer period that followed, the presenters were able to field a number of questions posed by webinar participants and direct them to various resources for more information. Stay tuned for a forthcoming post addressing the most frequently asked questions during the webinar.