• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

Core Training

Core Training
Required Training and Resources for Providers and Internal Staff

- To be completed within the first year of employment

HIV Navigation in Texas (HNT) – This blended learning series (a combination of online and in person training) helps providers learn about successful linkage and maintenance of clients in HIV/STD prevention, care, and treatment services, including PrEP , all of which are important elements of the plan to end the HIV epidemic.

**Until the HNT Learning Session is available again, the foundational Required Skills Training and the HNT E-Learning Modules meet Core Training requirements for HNT. New employees must attend the Learning Session as soon as possible when it becomes available again (either virtually or classroom).

Cultural Competency Training – includes training that focuses on skills and knowledge that value diversity, recognize and respond to cultural differences, increase awareness of cultural norms and helps increase culturally competent care for diverse clientele especially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and other sexual minorities. If new employees have never received cultural competency training in college or other professional settings, they are required to complete cultural competency training within the first year of employment. A one day course is available to a limited number of participants. An on-line course is also available. Other cultural competence training will also meet this requirement.

Social Determinants of Health – An understanding of social determinants is essential to the implementation of effective HIV treatment or prevention interventions. There are two options to complete the Social Determinants of Health training requirement. New employees can choose the option that works best for them. The first is a one hour training from the California Prevention and Training Center. It includes an overview of social determinants, their relevance to health disparities, and their particular importance in understanding HIV in the US today. The second option is a toolkit providing an overview of Social Determinants of Health and approaches for reducing HIV-related disparities and their collective impact on vulnerable populations. Strategies in this toolkit can be used to increase awareness and direct prevention initiatives. We recommend that all employees complete both options at their convenience.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) – training increases awareness and understanding of the impact of violence, abuse, neglect, and adversity on the health of patients/clients. If new employees have never received trauma informed care training or education in college or other professional settings, they are required to complete trauma informed care training within the first year of employment. There is a one-day course available as well as two online courses that can meet the requirement when both are completed.

Health Equity Training – If new employees have never received health equity training or education in college or other professional training settings, they are required to study the resources available on the Achieving Together website within the first year of employment

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Last updated March 31, 2020