Training and Technical Assistance

MATEC believes that a combination of different training methods and levels, tailored to the topic, setting, and provider type, will increase the knowledge, skills, and lead to clinical practice improvements among health care professionals which ultimately improve outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum and will conduct all of its activities accordingly.

a. Adult Learning Principles. MATEC will ensure all curricula and programing will be as interactive, intensive and focused on skill-building as possible. MATEC’s Medical Director, Dr. Renslow Sherer, completed a certificate program from the UIC Department of Medical Education for Clinical Education Program Directors and uses this expertise in working with MATEC faculty and LP leadership to improve their training skills. In further alignment with Adult Learning Principles, no more than 20% of MATEC’s trainings will be solely didactic. MATEC will also continue using Audience Response Systems to allow participants to respond anonymously to case-based questions embedded in live in-person trainings and to immediately view the results in chart format.

b. Cultural Competency. MATEC ensures that persons of diverse cultural background and experience and professional discipline are included in the development and/or review of its programs and curricula. MATEC’s staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, including people living with HIV. MATEC has developed its own Cultural Competence training program which can be delivered either as a two-day program or as a shortened program (from three hours to one day) and can be tailored to specific audiences. MATEC provides training and TA to providers and clinical organizations to ensure that patients receive effective, understandable, and respectful care compatible with their cultural health beliefs and preferred language, consistent with the National CLAS Standards. Cultural competence training is offered to MATEC faculty annually in collaboration with AETC-cosponsored faculty development conference.

c. Longitudinal Training. Trainees in the Midwest will have multiple opportunities to participate in longitudinal training through MATEC programs as described above in Section 3.1 and below in Sections 3.3, 3.4 and 3.6, which describe the HIV Practice Transformation Project, HIV Interprofessional Education Project, Clinician Scholars Program, and MAI Training Series.

d. Training and TA Modality. The table below shows an example of MATEC training for each modality, both in-person and distance-based. Although only one example is listed per modality, all LPs in the region will deliver trainings using a variety of modalities.

Training and TA Modality In-Person Example Distance-based Example
Didactic Chicago HIV Breakfast Club CSP webinar series
Interactive Adherence Counseling/Patient Simulation Expanded HIV Testing webinars
Communities of Practice Treaters’ Meeting Treaters’ Meeting
Self-study N/A Online Learning Modules
Clinical Preceptorships Mini-Residency N/A
Clinical Consultation As requested, in-person As requested, by phone

e. Technologies. MATEC has established a strong technological infrastructure that facilitates distance-based learning and enhances in-person trainings and technical assistance. Technology will be used across all projects, including Training and TA, MAI, HPTP, and HIPEP. In addition to the technologies described above such as Adobe Connect, Adobe Presenter, and Audience Response Systems, MATEC is equipped with the following components necessary for a distance-based learning infrastructure:
- Broadband Bandwidth – As part of UIC, MATEC will utilize the UIC-Net to connect our computers and servers as well as to connect to the internet. There is high speed internet connection via a 155 Mbps connection at the Ameritech Chicago NAP.
- Secure Network – The MATEC network infrastructure is set up and maintained by UIC’s Academic Computing and Communications Center, who monitors the health and security of the campus network as well as advise on best practices to keep the network secure. In addition, this Center maintains an Active Directory environment to securely handle user account management and security. Antivirus and firewall applications are included as part of the standard suite of software to all MATEC computers.
- Relevant hardware and equipment – At MATEC offices throughout the region, there are conference rooms outfitted with webcams, large screen monitors, and teleconference bridges in order to facilitate large group teleconference calls and distance-based trainings. Trainers are also provided with webcams for individual teleconferencing.
- Videoconferencing Software – MATEC maintains several licenses for Adobe Connect, allowing broadcast of video conferences that can be accessed from a large number of devices. This service also has the ability to scale to a large number of participants. Adobe Connect is integrated with our teleconferencing service so that participants are able to connect via the internet or phone line depending on their technological capacity, and programs can be effectively audio- and video-recorded for participants who cannot participate in live time.