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Howard UniversityThe AIDS EDUCATION TRAINING CENTER - NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL CENTER (AETC-NMC) at Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease, is the premier National Resource for training, education, and technical assistance to clinicians, providers and organizations in multicultural HIV/AIDS care. The AETC-NMC serves as a catalyst for delivering and strengthening HIV/AIDS health equity in communities nationwide.

Due to cessassion of funding, the AETC-NMC is no longer operational. This website is no longer maintained or updated. However, it serves as an enduring resource. Materials were current as of 2014.


The mission of the AETC National Multicultural Center is to serve as the leader for the latest information and best practices in multicultural HIV/AIDS care. To accomplish this mission, AETC National Multicultural Center will conduct program activities in three principle areas:

  1. Serve as the national resource for training clinicians and providers in multicultural HIV/AIDS care;
  2. Develop and refine curricula and tools that will improve the effectiveness of  providing care to HIV patients from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and
  3. Provide cultural awareness/competency training and technical assistance to clinicians and other health care professionals, Ryan White funded provider organizations, and other types of health centers and facilities which treat HIV patients.

Our efforts are expected to reduce HIV/AIDS disparity by strengthening quality Cultural Competency (knowledge and practice) capacity of HIV providers and systems nationwide. Furthermore, this work is expected to build sustainable individual, local, regional and national capacity in HIV care

About the AETC National Network

The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White CARE Act currently supports a network of 11 regional centers (and more than 130 local performance sites) that conduct targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs for healthcare providers treating persons with HIV/AIDS. The program also supports 4 national centers which support the regional AETC's in a variety of areas.
The AETCs serve all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six US affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

The mission of the AETCs is to improve the quality of life of patients living with HIV/AIDS through the provision of high quality professional education and training. The AETC Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau. View AETC Map | View PowerPoint presentation about the AETCs

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About Howard University

For over a decade, Howard University College of Medicine has been a leader in the development of educational tools and the delivery of training and Technical Assistance in the area of HIV and cultural competency. Having educated and trained over 41,600 clinicians in our role as the lead agency of the former National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC), we have provided targeted educational events to enhance the clinical delivery,  cultural competency and infrastructure management skills to HIV providers and organizations alike.

Collaborative Partners

The Center delivers training and TA services in collaboration with the following expert partners. (Click on the partner logos below for more information)










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