HIV/AIDS Primary Care Capacity in Nursing (PCC)

Investigator: Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sponsor: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Location(s): United States


Forecasts of the HIV/AIDS workforce predict that there will be a shortage of clinicians available to provide HIV primary care in coming decades. This provider deficit can be filled with nurse practitioners (NPs), who, as a profession, have already been leaders in caring for people living with HIV/AIDS. To increase the NP workforce, a five-year HIV/AIDS Primary Care Capacity (HIV PCC) project has been funded at the UCSF School of Nursing in partnership with the PAETC.

The purpose of the HIV PCC project is to plan, develop, and implement an HIV primary care curriculum that is integrated into existing NP curricula for adult gerontology and family NPs. These graduates will be prepared to provide comprehensive HIV primary care to vulnerable populations upon entry into practice.