The California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (CA PTC) is part of a national network of training centers offering dynamic continuing education. The CA PTC provides trainings that are designed to meet the needs of a wide array of medical, health promotion and community professionals serving persons and communities impacted by STDs and HIV. Small group discussions, interactive exercises, case studies, hands-on clinical practice, and visual media are used to enrich the learning experiences.
Clinical Training Courses
STD clinical training courses provide up-to-date information to public and private clinicians who diagnose, treat, and manage patients with STDs in private and public settings in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the US-affiliated Pacific Island jurisdictions. Our faculty include physicians and nurse practitioners with clinical expertise in the field of STDs. Core courses include Fundamentals of STDs (3 days), STD Update (1 day), Male and Female Genital Exam Skills (4 hours) and Examination and Interpretation of Vaginal Wet Mount Specimens (3 hours), and clinical precepting at City Clinic, the San Francisco Public Health Department’s STD clinic. In addition, clinical trainings can be planned with local partners and delivered at an agency’s facility.
Behavioral Intervention Training Courses
Behavioral Intervention training courses teach the use of evidence-based STD/HIV prevention interventions. Training is also provided in areas of program support needed to implement and maintain such interventions. The target audience is prevention providers in public, private, and community sectors who are responsible for the implementation or supervision of STD/HIV prevention programs. These courses teach skills and strategies to influence changes in behaviors that place people at risk for STD or HIV infection. The CA PTC provides training on several evidence-based behavioral interventions from the CDC's Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) Project, as well as courses that seek to develop skills to support their successful implementation.
Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program
The Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program builds the capacity of health departments and community-based organizations to implement, monitor, and evaluate evidence-based interventions, public health strategies, and comprehensive HIV prevention programs. Services include one-on-one technical consultations and skills-based trainings. Please see the CBA Program site. More
Partner Service & Program Support Courses
Partner Services and Program Support Training courses are designed for federal, state, and local public health professionals, especially those working in STD/HIV prevention programs. Several courses focus on training to help develop the skills of disease intervention specialists and prevention counselors; other courses are designed to support STD and HIV prevention programs at state, local, and community levels. Courses range from I day to 2 weeks, and experiential learning under the guidance of qualified preceptors is integral to all the course offerings.
California Personal Responsibility Education Program (CA PREP)
The purpose of CA PREP is to 1) educate California’s most high-risk and vulnerable adolescents on both abstinence and contraception by replicating evidence-based program models that have been proven to change behavior or reduce pregnancy among youth; 2) address at least three adulthood preparation subjects; 3) create family planning clinical linkages; and 4) maintain a community coalition of stakeholders to engage community members in actions that change social norms.
The CA PTC will be providing training and technical assistance for implementation of evidenced-based intereventions or funded programs. For more information please visit the PREP page here.