Dakotas AIDS Education and Training Center (DAETC) 

The Dakotas AIDS Education and Training Center (DAETC) serves both North and South Dakota with the mission to educate healthcare professionals within the states on the detection, care, and management of people living with HIV (PLWH). The Dakotas are rural states encompassing large geographic distances with Native American populations. DAETC focuses on the mentoring and capacity building of providers and others serving PLWH in rural and remote areas, facilitating the routine screening, testing, and linkage to care of at risk populations.

Since 1988, the Dakota AETC has successfully collaborated with major stakeholders in the two states including the respective health departments; the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas; Falls Community Health in Sioux Falls - a Ryan White Clinic; and the Great Plains Indian Health service which includes federal, tribal, and urban health clinics.


 Education programs on all aspects of HIV, including PrEP, Hepatitis C and other STDs

  • Monthly webinar on HIV related topics that are chosen based upon the needs and requests of North and South Dakota providers
  • Technical assistance including rapid testing training for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis
  • Annual Great Plains Indian Health Service conference
  • Mentoring


Heartland Health Resource Center and Ryan White Part B Care Program

City of Sioux Falls – Ryan White Part C information

Regional AETC Website is available here. Click here to watch a video created by the AETC program, aiming to battle the stigma on HIV.


Jill Kesler, Program Manager

(605)275-2423 ext. 13

Tracy Salameh, APRN, FNP-BC, MSN

HIV Clinical Specialist



Epidemiology and testing site information:

For South Dakota- https://doh.sd.gov/statistics/surveillance/

For North Dakota- http://www.ndhealth.gov/HIV/


Public Health: Protocols for collecting sensitive data from Native Americans - November, 2016

Objective: Increase cultural awareness and understanding when working with Native American patients.

Presented by: Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS
Behavioral Health & Recovery Administrator
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

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Getting the Dakotas Covered: Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2017 - October, 2016

 Presented by: Kim Jones, State Navigator Program Director, Community Action Partnership

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 HIV and Psychiatry: The 2016 Update  - September, 2016

1. Describe the basics of current HIV management
2. Discuss the interaction between HIV/AIDS and psychiatric illness 
Identify the role psychiatric providers have in the treatment and prevention of HIV

Presented by: Charles Shafer, MD HIV Specialist, AAHIVM

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Hepatitis C Update: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment - August, 2016

1. Review current epidemiology of hep C infection in the US along with screening and diagnosis recommendations .
2. Discuss measures for all individuals with hep C which prevent progression of liver disease and hep C transmission
3. Provide an update on treatment options and benefits for individuals with hep C as of 2016

Presented by: Brian R. Wood, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Medical Director, MW AETC ECHO Telehealth Program

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HIV, Aging and Opportunistic Infections - July, 2016

1. Identify the unique needs of individuals living with HIV and aging.
2. Discuss common opportunistic infections seen in people living with HIV and the recommended prophylaxis regimens to prevent them.
3. Identify the common presenting signs and symptoms of opportunistic infections.

Presented by: Tracy Salameh MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

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 PrEP and PEP in HIV June, 2016


 1) Discuss PrEP in HIV prevention
 2) Discuss PEP

Presented By: Tracy Salameh RN, BSN, ACRN

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Hepatitis C Update 2016 May, 2016


 1) To bring awareness regarding the prevalence of Hepatitis C.
 2) To identify those at highest risk of acquiring Hepatitis C. 
 3) To identify new Hepatitis C treatment options.

Presented By: Tracy Salameh RN, BSN, ACRN

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Risk Assessment and Motivational Interviewing April, 2016


 1) To identify strategies to approach discussing behaviors that put people at risk for HIV and other STI's
 2) To learn the questions that can help identify what a patient's risk factors for HIV acquisition and STI's are
 3) To familiarize ways to approach and implement risk reduction with patients

Presented By: Tracy Salameh RN, BSN, ACRN

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 HIV Risk Assessment & Risk Reduction  March, 2016


 1) Review the intersection of trauma with HIV
 2) Understand the association of Mental Health & Substance Use with HIV
 3) Review the use of a HIV risk assessment/HIV risk reduction plan with your patients

Presented By: Fransing Daisy, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Frontier AIDS Education and Training Center

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Expedited Partner Therapy: What it is...., Why it works...., and Why you should consider using it. February, 2016


      1) Discuss the history leading to Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) concept development.
      2) Discuss development of treatments and treatment delivery.
      3) Discuss safety issues of standard EPT antibiotics.
      4) Compare state data of states actually utilizing EPT vs not using EPT.
      5) Discuss ethics and economics of EPT.

     Presented By: Greg Welch, STD/HIV Program Manager for Great Plains Area Indian Health Service

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National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Where can you fit into this? January, 2016


      1) Define the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
      2) Illustrate activities associated with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
      3) Discuss the HIV Care Continuum and what strategies can be done at the local level.
      4) Describe how the Frontier AETC can help achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

     Presented By: Anna Kinder, M.S. OTR/L

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HIV in Pregnancy 


 1)  Discuss the current status of the statewide, nationwide and worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemics.
 2) Describe the impact of HIV on the management of the pregnant patient. 
 3) Discuss Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV.

Presented By: Dr. Charles Shafer 

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New Frontiers in HIV Prevention 


 1) To engage community leaders in North and South Dakota in HIV prevention efforts
 2) To advance the knowledge and implementation of evidence-based prevention efforts
 3) To promote effective action through renewed awareness of HIV in the Dakotas

Presented By: Tracy Salameh, RN, BSN, ACRN, HIV Clinical Specialist for Dakota AIDS Education and Training Center 

Mental Health Screening in Primary HIV Care 


 1) Identify the strengths and weaknesses of screening approaches
 2) Select practical screening tools 
 3) Consider approaches to further care and treatment

Presented By: Francine Cournos, M.D. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Principal Investigator, Northeast Caribbean AETC

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Sex and STDs in South Dakota 

 1) Describe STD morbidity in SD
 2) Describe current STD screening recommendations 
 3) Describe current STD treatment recommendations  
 4) Describe EPT and when it can be used
 5) Understand the work that the DOH Disease Intervention Specialists do and how to contact them

Presented By: Amanda Gill, SD Department of Health - Sexually Transmitted Disease Control

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HIV in Primary Care: Can it be done?

1) To develop three strategies on how to incorporate HIV care into the primary care setting.
2) To identify three benefits to treating HIV in the primary care setting.
3) To hear some lessons learned, pearls on how to implement change successfully.                   

Presented by Tami Hogie-Lorenzen, MSN, FNP-BC with South Dakota Urban Indian Health Inc.

HIV Update 2015 

1) Review historical perspectives on the HIV Epidemic - what is old and what is new in the care of People Living with HIV.
2) Discuss the new HIV Testing protocols - benefits and improvements of the new simplified testing regimens.
3) Regional Dakota AETC announcements - upcoming tele-webinar speakers and schedule, HIV/STD/HEPC Pierre Conference July 23 and 24, and upcoming Rapid Testing Training events in the Dakota region.

Presented by Veronica T. Soler MD, FACP; Principal Investigator and Medical Director of the Dakota AIDS Education and Training Center; Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine Board Certified Physician; Associate Professor of Medicine, USD.

HIV HCV Co infection - A New Era of Treatment  

1) Identify the new changes in CDC preferred treatment regimens for HIV.
2) Understand the rationale of using the new ARV agents in HIV treatment compared to older ARV regimens.
3) Review current standard of care for HCV treatment including recently approved DAA’s in co-infected.
4) Identify significant drug interactions involved with new HIV and HCV

Moving HIV Prevention and Management in Primary Care

1) Identify ways to incorporate routine HIV testing into primary care
2) Identify community resources to support and link HIV positive patients to care 
3) Discuss new management recommendations for HIV positive patients

Presented By: Tracy Salameh, RN, BSN, ACRN

Real World HIV Prevention in the Dakotas

1. Review the 2010 State HIV Strategic Planning Report on HIV prevention and care in the Dakota Region and how well we are meeting our goals.
2. Identify current state HIV resources and clinics that provide HIV routine testing, partner and risk reduction counseling, and easy access to HIV services.
3. Discuss the HIV Prevention Plan published by the SDDOH for 2012- 2016 and the plans proposed measures to improve access to HIV care across the Dakotas and eliminate disparities in care.
4. Discuss the steps that are still needed to reach National Strategic Goals regarding routine testing and screening of our at risk populations, as well as linkage to care and reduction or morbidity and mortality. 

Presented by: Veronica T. Soler MD

Non-adherence or Low Health Literacy: Can You Tell the Difference?
1. Recognize the signs of low health literacy in a person with HIV
2.Use screening tools to assess the level of low health literacy
3.Implement interventions that will help the person with low health literacy manage their disease
Presented by: Darcel Reyes, ANP-BC

The New Horizon in HIV Prevention
1. Identify innovative ways to prevent the transmission of HIV
2. Discuss case studies using new guidelines in the prevention of HIV transmission
HIV: Status of The Epidemic - Are we failing to achieve national benchmarks?
1. Review our progress as a nation in achieving the objectives as set forth in the 2010 National HIV Prevention Strategic Planning Initiative.
2. Discuss individual states in our region and how we performed on the report cards from the 2014 CDC State Progress Report.
3. Introduce a discussion on the HIV Continuum of Care and what steps SD needs to take to ensure we meet national benchmarks for testing and treatment by 2015.
  • Most physicians, nurses, social workers and other care providers only receive a few weeks of addictions/chemical dependency training while in school and completing internships and residencies. It is true that substance use frequently has an adverse effect on patients’ health and mental well-being, and there is a negative correlation between substance use and medical adherence. This presentation will provide basic differential education on the various classifications of street drugs and alcohol, and the links between these different substances and the transmission of HIV/HCV/STIs.

HIV Co-Infection Management Webinar

March 2014 slide deck - Syphilis Update

March 2014 Teleconference Flyer - Syphilis Update

New Antiretrovirals Presentation Feb 2014

New Antiretrovirals Recording Feb 2014

DAETC Teleconference 1/17/2014

1311 HIV and Special Populations Flyer

1308 411 on STDs and EPT Presentation

1308 411 on STDs and EPT Flyer

1307 Post Exposure Prophylaxis Flyer

HIV and Psychiatry: The 2016 Update