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ABOUT THIS EVENT The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with the Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center Program (AETC) on this webinar series related to sexual health.  The prevalence of HIV among people who have serious mental illnesses is four times as high as that of the general population. Factors that contribute to increased HIV risk include: psychiatric symptoms (e.g., disorganized thoughts and behaviors, delusions and poor executive functioning); higher rates of co-occurring substance use and other HIV risk behaviors; increased risk of social vulnerabilities, including poverty and housing instability; structural barriers (such as stigma and discrimination) to accessing medical care and prevention services in traditional medical settings. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) refers to medications for HIV-negative people to prevent them from getting HIV-infected. Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend informing all sexually active adults and adolescents about PrEP, but in a large 2020 survey of outpatient mental health care programs, only 33% of programs offered HIV testing and only 20% prescribed PrEP. Behavioral health treatment settings offer opportunities for identifying the need for PrEP and linking clients to services. Our third session will provide information about the effectiveness of PrEP for reducing risk of acquiring HIV and describe criteria for eligibility and best practices for initiating and monitoring persons receiving PrEP prescriptions. Learning Objectives: Provide an overview of PrEP Review PrEP efficacy and effectiveness Assess PrEP side effects, risks, HIV-1 drug resistance, and other concerns Part 3 of the Sexual Health Series (click to view all sessions in this series). Slides Word cloud responses FACILITATORS Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH Dr. Chwastiak is a psychiatrist, internist and health services researcher who is a Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Over the past 22 years, her research has focused on improving care and outcomes for people with complex needs in low resource settings, such as low-barrier primary care clinics and community mental health centers in the US, and primary and secondary medical settings in India and Nepal. Dr. Chwastiak is co-directs the UW Behavioral Research in HIV (BIRCH) Center, an NIMH-funded AIDS Research Center, and is the PI and co-director of the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NW MHTTC). Joanne D. Stekler, MD, MPH Dr. Stekler began her career working to expand routine HIV antibody testing and access to pooled HIV nucleic acid amplification testing to diagnose acute HIV infection. She has led several studies investigating novel methods to diagnose acute and early HIV infection; comparisons of point-of-care HIV tests; and home, self-testing for HIV infection. Her current work is evaluating the feasibility of implementing point-of-care nucleic acid tests for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring in community and clinical sites in Seattle. Her other interests include HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and use of technology for HIV prevention. Dr. Stekler started the first community-based PrEP clinic in Seattle in 2013 and the first telePrEP clinic in 2015. Through collaborations with the Washington State Department of Health and Mountain West AIDS Education and Training Center, she has been working to expand access to PrEP to reduce healthcare disparities among populations disproportionately impacted by HIV. Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: June 19, 2024
eNewsletter or Blog
  The Great Lakes Current is the e-newsletter of the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC.   The December 2023 issue shares recorded content on wound care and xylazine, social media basics for preventionists, an infographic on providing behavioral healthcare to people living with HIV, and SAMHSA's tips for supporting your mental health through the holidays. As always, you will also find links to all upcoming events and trainings hosted by the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC!   Make sure you're subscribed to our email contact list, so you never miss a month of The Great Lakes Current newsletter and thank you for reading!
Published: December 7, 2023
Print Media
Rates of behavioral health needs are higher for people living with HIV (PLWH) and those at risk of acquiring HIV than the general population. Current research indicates PLWH are twice as likely to have a behavioral health condition than the general population. For this reason, our partners at Vivent Health have created this new infographic highlighting some basic information about integrated care for PLWH that providers need to know.
Published: December 1, 2023
eNewsletter or Blog
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE In this special edition newsletter, we discuss key 988 and crisis service updates as well as relevant resources to watch over the next few months. Resources discussed include SAMHSA's 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Webpage, 988 Implementation Guidance Playbooks, and #CrisisTalk.
Published: April 21, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE This February we announce resources for Black History Month, "Wisdom to Know the Difference" with Rebekah Demirel, and two national conferences: Advancing Early Psychosis Care and the Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute.  Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: February 11, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE This January newsletter shares the Northwest MHTTC's wishes for your well-being in this new year and highlights upcoming events on HIV/AIDS and mental health, as well as a funding opportunity from SAMHSA regarding the roll-out of the 988 suicide prevention hotline.   Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: January 12, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
ABOUT THIS RESOURCE This supplemental January 2022 newsletter announces registration for February's "Grief, Exhaustion, and Finding Vitality in Behavioral Health Care" with Dr. Kira Mauseth. You may also learn about the Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute from the National MHTTC, and flip through our interactive Annual Report for the third year of our center's operations.  Terms of use and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) disclosure statement
Published: January 12, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
The Northwest MHTTC invites you to read our April newsletter. We invite you to engage in self-care and share some resources and supports from our partners and colleagues who have poignant messages of coping and staying resilient. We are pleased to share several new products including webinars on stigma reduction among people with HIV to improve health outcomes, culturally and linguistically responsive care for early psychosis and behavioral health crisis response systems.
Published: April 24, 2020
In this webinar, Dr. Rao presents socio-behavioral and mental health-related barriers to engagement in care for people with HIV. She also discusses research to develop stigma reduction interventions to help people with HIV achieve HIV viral suppression and improve their overall quality of life.  Presentation available for download here. References cited in this presentation available here. Speaker Deepa Rao, PhD, MA is Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and her professional interests are to implement effective interventions to improve mental health and reduce stigma for people with various conditions such as breast and cervical cancer, HIV, diabetes, and depression. She works in the United States on stigma reduction efforts, in South Africa on building mental health research capacity, and in India with pregnant women with depressive symptoms and experiences of domestic violence. She is the Associate Director of the Center for AIDS Research Behavioral Science Core, Associate Director of Global Mental Health, and the Associate Director of the M.P.H. program in Global Health at the University of Washington.       
Published: April 1, 2020
eNewsletter or Blog
Read the Northwest MHTTC's February newsletter: we honor Black History Month and share a compilation of related resources. Learn about our upcoming live webinars on trauma-informed care and integrated care for people with HIV and our newly available products, including recorded webinars on smoking cessation and youth peer support workforce retention. We are also pleased to announce the launch of a new online course: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) ePrimer. We also share some important events: the Northwest Rural Health Conference and the 46th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference: "Beyond Treatment: Tackling Social Determinants to Improve Rural Mental Health." 
Published: March 3, 2020
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