I-TECH at the University of Washington (UW)
I-TECH is housed in the UW Department of Global Health, which employs over 300 faculty, fellows, and research scientists in global health research and training in over 50 countries. The department, which is endowed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on identification and evaluation of health problems and health inequities in underserved populations, and on the development and implementation of innovative interventions that can dramatically reduce disease burden. The department has several key programs with resources, faculty, and global networks that I-TECH routinely leverages:
- Center for AIDS and STD (CFAS): Serves as a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for AIDS and STD and provides patient care, research, training and education, and international technical assistance for HIV and AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in developing countries.
- Center for AIDS Research (CFAR): Fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary research, supports HIV research of young investigators, and serves HIV investigators at several affiliated institutions.
- Health Alliance International (HAI): Implements HIV and AIDS treatment, care, and prevention programs in developing countries.
- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME): Conducts research and disseminates high-quality information on population health and its determinants as well as the performance of health systems.
Additionally, I-TECH regularly consults the following centers based at the University of Washington:
- Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR): Promotes excellence in teaching through targeted consulting, resources, and events for faculty and curriculum designers.
- Clinical Informatics Research Group (CIRG): Conducts research to improve the acquisition, integration, and display of clinical health information in resource-constrained environments.
- Center for Public Health Informatics (CPHI): Provides research on and training in health information strategies and technologies to improve public health.
- Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS): Develops a broad array of education programs and career development activities, including a mentoring of mentors program based on translational research.
- International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP): Trains international scientists in research methods for HIV and AIDS.
- School of Laboratory Medicine: Increases laboratory capacity in resource-limited settings through technical assistance and training courses and supports partnerships for developing and testing new diagnostic technologies in resource-limited settings.
- Schools of Medicine and Nursing: Develop curricula and materials for pre-professional students and practicing health care providers, and provide technical assistance to overseas institutions regarding infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), malaria, and tuberculosis (TB).
- School of Public Affairs, Electronic Hallway: Houses an online resource for quality teaching cases and other curriculum materials for faculty that teach public administration, public policy, global health, and related subjects.
I-TECH at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
I-TECH at UCSF is housed within the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine. I-TECH UCSF supports the overall direction and strategic planning of the central I-TECH office in Seattle. As a core partner in I-TECH, UCSF also supports I-TECH network offices and country programs by providing clinical expertise and guidance in such areas as HIV/TB coinfection, prevention, nursing, pharmacology, and clinical mentoring. The following are some of the centers and programs I-TECH UCSF collaborates with:
- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS): Conducts research to prevent the acquisition of HIV and to optimize health outcomes among HIV-infected individuals.
- Prevention with Positives (PWP) Project: Adapts, pilots, and implements evidence-based prevention with positives interventions in rural Mozambique.
- HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital, ASPIRE: Provides onsite clinical, educational, and mentoring programs in HIV and AIDS in Africa and conducts active epidemiological, translational, clinical, and operational research programs in Africa and South America.
- Center for Health Information (CHI): Supports up-to-date medical information on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and the treatment of opportunistic diseases through a powerful electronic dissemination network.
- Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center (CNTC): Develops and delivers highly versatile, culturally appropriate trainings; provides technical assistance to eliminate TB.
- Prevention and Public Health Group (PPHG): Promotes the use of evidence-based methods to build capacity in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology, clinical care, and scientific best practices.
- National Clinician’s Consultation Center (NCCC): Provides Warmline clinical support for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to I-TECH consultants and field staff on a 24-hour basis and provides an onsite orientation to the Warmline and other NCCC programs to I-TECH domestic and international visitors.
- Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry: Develop curricula and materials for pre-professional students and practicing health care providers and provide clinical consultation to overseas institutions on the care and treatment of infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, STIs, malaria, and TB.