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H-NIP Google Group

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This Google Group has been created for HBCU Health Professions graduates who have completed at least one module of the National HIV Curriculum (NHC). Howard University has a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to promote the NHC at HBCU Health Profession programs so as to increase the number of HBCU Health Profession who pursue a career in HIV clinical care. This initiative is important because as you are doubtless aware HIV disproportionately affects African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities in the United States.

Howard intends to use this Google Group to check in with you quarterly and find out if you are practicing HIV clinical care or intending to do so;any obstacles that you face in trying to practice HIV clinical care; and any information or capacity building needs you have relative to HIV clinical care.  We will also share with you links to NHC updates and data about HIV in communities of color that we hope you will find interesting and an added motivation to start or remain in a career in HIV clinical care.

Please also feel free to reach out to Howard and other group members to share your thoughts and ask questions about the current state of HIV clinical care as it relates to communities of color as well as emerging trends.

In closing let me congratulate you for having completed your studies and wish you the very best for a productive career! You can email the Google Group here: to become part of the group (if the link doesn't open when you click on it, copy "" into your email program's TO line).

Goulda A. Downer, PhD, FAND, RD, LN, CNS
Project Director, H-NIP
Howard University College of Medicine

Laurine Thomas, PhD
Independent Health Services Research & Evaluation Consultant

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1OHA32108, Howard University: Integrating the National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform into Health Care Provider Professional Education (H-NIP) in the amount of $2.4M and with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.