Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center

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The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at Charles R. Drew University (CDU PAETC) provides health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients infected with HIV in underserved and vulnerable populations.
Several CDU PAETC faculty possess particular expertise in substance abuse and mental health disorders that co-occur with HIV. As a result, many trainings focus on the interplay between these three dynamic forces.
Most trainings offer continuing education hours for providers. The number of hours awarded depends on the specific training. In early 2014, PAETC will be offering on-line CEUs free of charge for selected trainings.

CDU PAETC is funded by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI).

  • To improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing the number of health care providers who are able to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage persons with HIV infection and to decrease HIV transmission by promoting risk reduction
  • To provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients in underserved and vulnerable populations
  • To increase the numbers of trained health care professionals caring for patients living with HIV
  • To give health care professionals the skills to educate and counsel their patients to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • To respond to the needs of emerging populations and the changing face of the epidemic, especially among of communities of color


  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Other health care professionals, especially Ryan White CARE Act-funded providers working with hard-to-reach and underserved populations
  • Other health professionals providing direct service to people with HIV/AIDS

CDU PAETC trainings build knowledge and skills through relevant HIV presentations especially designed for providers. Examples:

  • The Affordable Care Act & HIV in LA County: What Do We Know Now? Where Are We Going?
  • Teeth Chatter: HIV & Oral Health
  • Innocence Lost: Childhood Sexual Trauma & HIV
  • Urban TB, HIV & Social Determinants of Health
  • HIV and Crack Cocaine: What Clinicians Need to Know
  • What Happens on the Inside: HIV and Incarceration
  • Meth and HIV
  • HIV and Pregnancy
  • Service Delivery to Transgendered Clients
  • HIV and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Never Mix, Never Worry: Interactions Between HIV Medications and Other Substances
  • Engagement in HIV Care: How to Keep Patients Coming Back
  • From La Botanica to the HIV Clinic: Caring for Hispanic Patients Who Benefit from Both

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Training Modalities

  • Individual and group consultations
  • Hands on clinical training
  • Didactic presentations
  • Skill building presentations
  • Technical assistance

CDUPAETC offers assistance to providers and/or administrators on any number of relevant healthcare topics (e.g., clinic capacity building, service system delivery issues, engagement in care, etc.) For example, a primary care clinic would like to begin offering HIV services. CDU PAETC will collaborate with local experts who will offer advice on reorganizing clinic structure to accommodate new services.

CDU PAETC assists providers with increasing clinical competence through on-site and/or telephone consultation - available both for medical and mental health/substance abuse issues. For example, advice for a provider seeing a patient who has a challenging substance abuse issue.

Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center
Charles Drew University
1748 E. 118th Street, Building M
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Phone (323) 357-3402: Fax (323) 563-9333: Website:


Curley Bonds, MD
Director /Principle Investigator

Wilbert Jordan, MD
Medical Director

Phil Meyer, LCSW
Associate Director

Maya Gil-Cantu, MPH
Program Coordinator

* Contact Maya Gil-Cantu to be added to the CDU PAETC training announcement email list.