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Baltimore STD Clinic
The STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (PTC) represents a thirty-seven year partnership with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU), the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The PTC continues to translate state-of-the-art, science-based research findings into innovative, high-quality training responsive to the needs of health care providers and prevention specialists from the cities of Baltimore, the District of Columbia and Philadelphia and the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Under the co-direction of Khalil G. Ghanem, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator and Anne M. Rompalo, MD, ScM, Medical Director, the team of Barbara Wilgus, CRNP, Program Administrator, Jeanne Hoover, Training Coordinator and Susan Tuddenham, Clinical Faculty continues to facilitate training and collect and submit data necessary for ongoing evaluation.
Our primary partnership with the BCHD is enhanced by collaborations with the Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond City and Norfolk, Arlington Departments of Health, and ongoing partnerships with the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, the Danya Institute (Addictions Training Transfer Center – ATTC), Access Maters and other federally-funded training programs.
- Provides high quality didactic, skills building and clinic-based experiential trainings utilizing adult learning principles within a core curriculum for STI clinical and laboratory services and HIV prevention in care;
- Applies distance learning technologies to increase access to HIV/STI education;
- Develops learning outcomes assessment for continuous quality improvement;
- Designs training programs to address performance goals outlined by the NCHHSTP, the regional Comprehensive STD Prevention Systems (CSPS) grants, the PCSI integration and the National HIV/AIDS Federal Implementation Plan;
- Assesses educational and training needs regarding medical management in reproductive health, HIV/STI prevention, risk assessment and motivating behavioral change;
- Builds capacity within all health departments in the Region to act as training sites and sources for faculty; and
- Expands and enhances partnerships with other regional training programs, other PTCs, learning institutions, distance learning programs and private agencies offering health education and training.
As a member of the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC), the PTC continues to work collaboratively with fellow PTCs and the CDC to develop innovative curriculum and meaningful measures to determine both short-term and medium-term training outcomes. These measures include:
- Immediate evaluations of the participants that demonstrate short-term knowledge improvement and self-perceived improvement in clinical skills;
- Participant evaluation of course content, skills-building components and faculty expertise;
- Input from clinical directors and program managers regarding the knowledge and skills demonstrated by the class participants; and
- Collaboration with both the CDC and the NNPTC to develop methods to be used to determine changes in practice (medium-term outcomes).
Our target audience continues to be health care professionals and prevention specialists working in settings accessed by population groups at disproportionate risk for acquiring HIV/STI. This may include providers in public health arenas and/or those practicing in primary care settings, hospital outpatient clinics and emergency departments, urgent care, correctional settings, juvenile justice programs, school-based, adolescent and family planning clinics, federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and other community health centers (CHC).
We will continue to sponsor programs that support sexual health and strengthen health department programs, HIV/STI clinics and prevention efforts by adapting our training programs to meet the overall prevention plans of the local health departments. In addition to our public health partners, we will continue to outreach to private providers offering reproductive health care to men and women, an activity that is imperative in the rapidly changing health care market.