The Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau and the National Quality Center (NQC) have teamed up on a new national initiative that aims to reduce disparities among people living with HIV. Four vulnerable populations are the focus of this exchange—MSM of color, Black and Latina women, transgender people, and youth (ages 13-24).
The end+disparities Learning Exchange is a 9-month initiative that promotes the application of quality improvement interventions with the ultimate goal of increasing viral suppression rates for disproportionately affected HIV subpopulations. NQC is collaborating on a series of content-rich webinars and real-world tools to assist you in your local improvement efforts.
Read the invitational letter from HRSA/HAB here.
The end+disparities Learning Exchange includes all Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-funded recipients across the nation. Recipients and their subrecipients are invited by the National Quality Center and the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau to participate in the exchange to create a national community of learners from diverse program types, settings, and geographic locations.
The end+disparities Learning Exchange is a 9-month initiative that promotes the application of quality improvement interventions with the ultimate goal of increasing viral suppression rates for disproportionately affected HIV subpopulations. Gay and bisexual men of color, Black and Latina women, youth (ages 13-24), and transgender people are among the groups that are most disparately impacted by the HIV epidemic.
The White House Office of National AIDS Policy recently updated the National HIV/AIDS Strategy with goals to be achieved by 2020. One of the major elements of the Strategy is to “reduce HIV-related disparities in communities at high risk for HIV infection.” Although great strides have been made in the fight against the HIV epidemic in the past decade, continuing to improve national HIV viral suppression rates is unsustainable without focused efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities among vulnerable subpopulations that have not seen equal improvements compared to other groups.
opportunities for participation
Can I participate in this new Exchange?
Any Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-funded recipient or subrecipient can participate in this learning exchange, regardless of program type, setting, or geographic location.
How will participation in the Exchange benefit me?
In addition to improving the lives of your patients, participation in the end+disparities Exchange will put your organization in line with the recently updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which has strongly emphasized disparity reduction as a focus of improvement for HIV care nationally.
What are the opportunities for participation in the Exchange?
The opportunities for participation in the Exchange are:
• Participation in monthly webinars on content expertise and promotion of peer sharing and learning
• Usage of the Disparities Calculator to choose one subpopulation of focus out of four total that have been identified as having particularly disparate HIV-related health outcomes
• Access to real-world tools and resources to drive your disparity improvement efforts
• Usage of a platform to share your improvement interventions that address HIV-related disparities
share your experience
Share your experience with the Learning Exchange. Don’t forget to attach a picture of your team at work.
Learn more about evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions that show promise in reducing disparities in HIV care. NQC engaged national content experts and local HIV providers to learn about strategies that you can use in your jurisdiction to reduce HIV disparities.
In order to provide an overview and rationale for the end+disparities Learning Exchange, NQC conducted a comprehensive literature review that seeks to describe the disproportionate burden of the epidemic shouldered by four key subpopulations that are being focused on in this initiative. This literature review documents the staggering HIV-related disparities faced by MSM of color, Black and Latina women, transgender people, and youth, as well as the individual and population-based benefits accrued from elimination of disparities.
monthly curriculum content
In our monthly webinar series, we provide content expertise and local improvement strategies on key topics relevant to participants to reduce HIV disparities. The following table outlines the monthly content focus and allows you to plan your participation in them. Share with your colleagues and join us on these informative peer learning opportunities.
Since its inception in 2004, the National Quality Center (NQC) has provided leadership and support in quality improvement for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-funded recipients nationwide. Funded through a cooperative agreement by the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, NQC was founded to meet the needs of RWHAP recipients across all Parts for technical assistance in quality improvement across the United States.
The aim of this initiative is to build the capacity of RWHAP organizations to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS care and services across the United States and its territories. NQC provides support and assistance that enable recipients to respond to and implement quality management legislative mandates.
NQC provides a myriad of quality improvement services built around the core needs of HIV providers, including:
Rapid dissemination of information and resources related to quality improvement through websites, conference exhibits, listserv activities, and direct mail
Training and educational fora on a wide array of quality-related topics through conference calls, webcasts, educational workshops, an online training program and training-of-trainers programs
Intensive, individualized, on-site and off-site consultation involving online and/or phone consultations by quality improvement experts
Services that aim to create a network of peers at the local, regional, and national levels such as HIVQUAL Regional Groups, cross-Part collaboratives, and national campaigns
over the last years,
NQC has become the premier quality improvement technical assistance resource in HIV care and has delivered national leadership in the development and administration of effective state-of-the-art HIV-related quality improvement services.