Who Are We?
The National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) is a CDC-funded group of training centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual health. The NNPTC provides health professionals with a spectrum of state-of-the-art educational opportunities including experiential learning with an emphasis on STD treatment and prevention.
The NNPTC seeks to improve STD clinical care training at multiple levels: the individual health care clinician; providers who care for persons with, or at risk for STDs; as well as clinical organization and health care systems.
The NNPTC project comprises a national network of regional (Component A) and national (Component B) centers of excellence. NNPTC grantees are Apex (Albuquerque, NM); the University of Alabama (Birmingham, AL); Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD); the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Boston, MA); the University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA); Denver Health and Hospitals (Denver, CO); Public Health Solutions (New York, NY); the University of Washington (Seattle, WA); and Washington University (St. Louis, MO). Awards for the five year project were finalized on September 1, 2014 with total project funding of $16.5 million.
Expected long-term outcomes of a strong NNPTC include increased integration of STD services into primary care, decreased transmission of STDs in the community, and decreased morbidity and mortality from STDs and related health outcomes.
The National Coordination Center
The National Coordination Center strives to build internal and external capacity of the NNPTC. The National Coordination Center assures uniformity of access and processes for clinicians seeking training among regional PTCs, facilitates collaborations and resource sharing among NNPTC members, oversees the development and maintenance of the NNPTC website and collaborates with internal and external partners to respond to emerging issues in HIV prevention and STD prevention and clinical care.
The Regional STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers
STD clinical training courses provide up-to-date information to public and private clinicians who diagnose, treat, and manage patients with STDs and HIV. Many courses devote 50% of class time to clinical and laboratory experience under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. PTCs also offer clinical training courses in the following formats: grand rounds, teleconferencing, self study, on-site courses, and web-based courses.
Training content and priorities are based on current CDC STD Treatment Guidelines, which encompass screening, treatment, and prevention of STDs, and are informed by STD epidemiological trends and scientific advancements.
The National Prevention Training Centers
The National Prevention Training Centers support and enhance the NNPTC by coordinating national activities, preventing duplication of resources, providing expertise and oversight of common network functions. There are seven national PTC funded to assist with national coordination, evaluation, curriculum, quality improvement, and technological innovation. The national PTCs strive to create efficiencies and consistency in these key areas, while also promoting innovation on behalf of the NNPTC.