States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island
Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: HIV & Infectious Diseases
Healthcare professionals need continuing education in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of sexually transmitted diseases and prevention of human immunodeficieny virus (HIV). The Ratelle Prevention Training Center (PTC) is part of the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers, operated out of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and is the primary source of post-graduate STD continuing education in six New England states. Clinical courses feature approximately 12 hours of pre-course self-study followed by 3 days of on-site training that includes case discussion, clinical skills practicum, and hands-on laboratory instruction (wet mount).
JSI works with Ratelle PTC, and is ultimately responsible for evaluating the training courses to 1) improve the quality of training, 2) meet the emerging needs of the healthcare providers, and 3) determine the short and long-term impact of the trainings on the knowledge, skills, and practice behaviors of participants. The evaluation team is responsible for instrument development, data collection and analyses, and generation of reports.