Improving HIV Care and Outcomes in Rural and Underserved Populations: A Case-Based Approach to Meeting the Needs and Challenges
January 15, 2024
January 15, 2025
This activity is provided by Talem Health and RME Collaborative.
In collaboration with the Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc.
- Physicians — maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- Nurses — 1.5 Contact Hours (1.0 contact hour of pharmacotherapy credit)
- Pharmacists — 1.5 Contact Hours
All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.
This activity is designed specifically for primary care clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare team who serve patients in rural and underserved communities.
Rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to improving HIV care and outcomes, especially in disproportionately impacted rural and underserved areas. However, patients may face unique barriers that limit optimal management including limited resources, long travel distances to care, and lack of access to specialists familiar with HIV treatment and management. In this activity, expert faculty will cover best practices for initiating ART as soon as possible, even on the same day that patients seek care. Important considerations for switching or simplifying ART, navigating virologic failure, and managing special patient populations such as pregnant women will also be discussed using realistic patient case examples.
This activity is a recording from a webinar series that took place in October 2023. Please note that any data, information, and guidance presented in the activity are subject to change.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Employ strategies to improve rapid HIV treatment initiation in rural and underserved settings
- Incorporate the latest clinical evidence and guidance into treatment decisions and patient monitoring
- Integrate evidence-based interprofessional strategies that can be used to improve retention in HIV care and adherence among rural and underserved populations
Paul E. Sax, MD
Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Cody A. Chastain, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Principal Investigator, Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education Program Evaluation and Improvement
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Talem Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physician Continuing Medical Education
Talem Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.5 contact hours. Designated for 1.0 pharmacotherapy contact hour for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
Continuing Pharmacy Education
Talem Health designates this continuing education activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
(Universal Activity Number – JA4008332-0000-24-002-H02-P)
Type of Activity: Application
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 75% or better and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Talem Health adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others, are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to Talem Health policy. Talem Health is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the educational content of this CE activity:
Paul E. Sax, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: scientific advisory board member/consultant for Gilead Sciences, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline/ViiV Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Merck & Co., Inc.; research support from Gilead Sciences, Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline/ViiV Healthcare.
Cody A. Chastain, MD, FACP, FIDSA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Planners, Managers, and Reviewer
The Talem Health planners, managers, and reviewer have nothing to disclose.
Instructions for Participation and Credit
This activity is offered at no cost to participants. To receive CME credit, participants must:
- Read the CME/CE information, including learning objectives and disclosure statements.
- Complete the pre-test.
- View the online activity.
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form.
A post-test score of 75% or higher is required to obtain credit. Your certificate will be made available for immediate download.
Course Viewing Requirements
Internet Explorer 8.0+ for Windows 2003, Vista, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and above
Google Chrome 28.0+ for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
Mozilla Firefox 23.0+ for Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
Safari 6.0+ for Mac OSX 10.7 and above
Supported Phones & Tablets:
Android 4.0.3 and above
iPhone/iPad with iOS 6.1 or above
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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For questions about this activity, please contact RME Collaborative (a division of Talem Health) at 800-913-9370 or [email protected].