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The Kansas AIDS Education and Training Center (KAETC), along with AETCs in New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, the Dakotas, and Wyoming, make up the Mountain Plains (regional) AIDS Education and Training Center (MPAETC).  Established in April 1988, the AETCs are funded by a grant from the Human Resource and Service Administration (HRSA), and are charged with educating health care professionals (HCP) about HIV infection, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial issues.  Physicians and Physician Assistants, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Dentists and Dental Hygienists, and Pharmacists are the AETCs’ target audience for these educational programs – HRSA’s “Big 6.”  A combination of program methodologies, including didactic presentations, skill building workshops, intensive clinical training, clinical consultation (both in groups or individually), and technical assistance.  Among the primary topics for programs are infection control in health care settings, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), the new 4th generation testing algorithms, risk assessment, current treatment protocols, health promotion and disease prevention strategies, and working with diverse cultures and ethnic populations. 

Dr. Donna Sweet is the Director and Principal Investigator for the Kansas AETC.  Among her numerous other positions, Dr. Sweet is also a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita, a Master in the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a past Chair of the American College of Physicians Foundation Board as well as Chair Emeritus of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents. She is also an AMA delegate for the ACP and is the Chair of the Council on Medical Service of the AMA, and sees over 1200 patients with HIV/AIDS in her Wichita Midtown clinic and outreach clinics in Garden City, Salina, and Pittsburg.  When not seeing patients, Dr. Sweet speaks to groups on issues of HIV and AIDS around Kansas, the nation, and the world.

Dr. Sweet is certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine of which she is the immediate past board Chair. She is a past Co-Chair of the CDC HRSA AIDS Advisory Council (CHAC) and is the current national Vice Chair of the Health HIV Board where she is leading a national effort with Health HIV to address the US HIV medical workforce shortage.

Susan Tusher, LMSW, is the Senior Coordinator for the Kansas AETC.  After many years of working directly with people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, Susan is now working to provide educational opportunities for the health care professionals that care for them. Susan is the Board of Directors Secretary and a founding member of PASWHA (Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS); Membership, Strategic Planning, and Quality committees – KACHA (Kansas Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS); University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Alumni Society Executive Board Secretary; HIV program direction/development, case management, grant writing, etc – 25 years; Master’s in Administrative Social Work from the University of Kansas.  Susan manages the day-to-day operations of the KAETC, develops and implements programs and special projects, cultivates collaborative relationships, works with Dr. Sweet and the KAETC educators to plan and provide education and training statewide, and markets the KAETC as a resource to health care providers and groups around the state.  Susan represents KAETC at regional and national AETC meetings, and provides Level II, III, IV, and V education and training statewide and nationally on all aspects of HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on testing and rural provider education, develops and coordinates all aspects of educational events for KAETC educators, develops educational slides and presentations, prepares materials for participants and requests, and provides technical assistance, etc.