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A novel educational strategy targeting health care workers in underserved communities in Central America to integrate HIV into primary medical care
Background: Current educational strategies to integrate HIV care into primary medical care in Central America have traditionally targeted managers or higher-level officials, rather than local health care workers (HCWs). We developed a complementary online and on-site interactive training program to reach local HCWs at the primary care level in underserved communities.
Methods: The training program targeted physicians, nurses, and community HCWs with limited access to traditional onsite training in Panama, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. The curriculum focused on principles of HIV care and health systems using a tutor-supported blended educational approach of an 8-week online component, a weeklong on-site problem-solving workshop, and individualized project-based interventions.
Flys T, González R, Sued O, Suarez Conejero J, Kestler E, Sosa N, McKenzie-White J, Monzón II, Torres CR, Page K. A novel educational strategy targeting health care workers in underserved communities in Central America to integrate HIV into primary medical care. PLoS One. 7(10): e46426, 2012. PMID: 23115628