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The AETC-NMC has also developed many tools that can be found on this site:

The AETC-NMC offers access to the following tools that have been developed in the field for health professionals to use for addressing and overcoming health disparities in HIV/AIDS treatment.

This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but provides quick access to materials for busy professionals.


:This bilingual campaign is the agency’s first national effort to encourage HIV testing among Latino/Hispanic gay and bisexual men, who are among those hardest hit by HIV in the United States.

The Health Care Law and You

A presentation tool developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to educate community members about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This resource has been translated by the Office of Public Engagement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services into the following languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Bengali, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Samoan and Tongan.

Guidance Materials for Consumers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new tools to educate consumers and health care providers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  

Many consumers are unfamiliar with their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  With that in mind, OCR has posted a series of factsheets, also available in eight languages, to inform consumers about their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

ShareSpot: Supporting HIV Education for Health Care Professionals -- The AETC Blog

Working within their communities, AETC educators implement innovative approaches to increase the pool of health care providers who are effectively educated to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV infection. ShareSpot is a place to share their stories, ideas, and resources. 

Culture, Language, and Health Literacy

Effective health communication is as important to health care as clinical skill. To improve individual health and build healthy communities, health care providers need to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities. The US Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has developed this online resource focused on (1) race/ethnicity, (2) general resources, (3) gender, and (4) special populations.

Questions Are the Answer in Spanish

Conoce las Preguntas, (Know the Questions), AHRQ's new, multimedia Spanish-language campaign, encourages Hispanics to get more involved in their health care and to talk with their doctors about their medical concerns. 

The campaign offers tips to help Hispanics prepare for medical appointments by thinking ahead of time about questions to ask their doctors. The website offers question lists, as well as 15- and 30-second public service announcements.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary Widget

The HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary provides linguistic support to individuals and organizations working with Spanish-speaking populations in the United States. The terms included here are commonly used in public health and HIV/AIDS prevention in the U.S. You can:

  • Find Spanish equivalents for English words and English equivalents for Spanish words;
  • Rate the translations provided;
  • Use the tag cloud to find commonly searched terms; and
  • Comment on how we can improve the glossary.

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Widget

The AETC-NMC is proud to be a member of the NPA! The NPA was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.

The goals of the NPA and its National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity are:

  • Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
  • Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.
  • Health System and Life Experience - Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency - Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce.
  • Data, Research, and Evaluation - Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes.

New Cultural and Linguistic Competence Resource

A new page has been added to the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence. This page features innovative programs and quality tools for improving cultural and linguistic competence as well as reducing health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. 

The current issue of the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange also features cultural competence. Click here to learn about featured innovations and Quality Tools. 

Office of National AIDS Policy

The Administration has maintained a commitment to developing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through a process that is inclusive of a broad range of perspectives and stakeholders, and the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has engaged public involvement via multiple channels.

Think Cultural Health

Visit the "Think Cultural Health" website of The Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care for information on additional cultural competence resources.

How Up to Date Are You?

Do you know the incidence and prevalence of HIV in the county in which you practice?

View a detailed tutorial on accessing and using the National Minority Quality Forum HIV/AIDS Atlas mapping tool.

Register and access the tool.

NCQA logoaNational Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Multicultural Health Care Distinction. Offers distinction to organizations that engage in efforts to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reduce health care disparities.

The Multicultural Health Care Distinction evaluates organizations, such as health plans, wellness, disease management and managed behavioral health organizations through use of an evidence-based set of requirements. These standards create a road map for improving and refining initiatives. Participating organizations will be equipped to fulfill state and federal mandates and, in conjunction with performance benchmarks, will be in a position to garner the NCQA seal of Distinction

The Well Project Launches Mobile Application
Source: The Well Project

The Well Project

This is a helpful resource for providers to share with their patients - a mobile app that includes features ranging from HIV treatment information to social issues and more. Optimized for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Follow the links below to access the mobile apps.



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