MATEC’s American Indian (AI) Training Programs will be focused on addressing the HIV Continuum of Care primarily at two points: 1) diagnosing HIV infection through testing and 2) linking HIV-infected people to care. MATEC will continue its work with the AI communities in the region through existing relationships and infrastructure in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Long-standing relationships with tribal councils built by the LPs in these states are key to implementing effective interventions and training in the AI community, particularly around a topic so affected by stigma as HIV/AIDS. MATEC-KS will continue to collaborate with health clinics that serve AI communities (e.g., Prairie Band Potawatomi Health and Dental Clinic; Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Health Center, and White Cloud Health Station) by delivering targeted trainings and technical assistance that address the HIV-related needs of these clinics. This LP will also host the annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day educational event in Mayetta, KS, bringing together local and tribal health care providers around HIV and HCV issues. MATEC-MI will continue work with the Saginaw-Chippewa tribal clinic in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, which is in the process of seeking certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. MATEC-MI has been incorporating HIV-related training into this process to ensure quality HIV care and access for HIV-positive community members. Mount Pleasant is home to the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College and MATEC-MI will include the College when working to identify training needs of the tribal health care professionals. In addition to programs about routine testing and linkage to care, MATEC-MN (in collaboration with the White Earth Harm Reduction Coalition) will deliver an annual tribal conference in Mahnomen, MN that draws a national audience and takes advantage of the community momentum around HCV prevention and treatment. The conference successfully creates and sustains important collaborations among the public health communities that affect rates and outcomes of HIV. Mahnomen is also home to White Earth Tribal and Community College. MATEC-WI will build on the strong existing relationship with an Urban Tribal Clinic in Milwaukee, the Gerald Ignace Center, to work toward implementing routine HIV testing.
MAI Projects will be monitored closely to insure that they are reaching clinicians, allied-health providers, and organizations that are serving minority populations. This monitoring will be conducted by the Regional MAI Coordinator who will be based at MATEC-IN. Regional coordination of MAI efforts will include monthly calls with LPs to discuss progress and problems in each project.