A Report on the Healthcare Capacity Building Needs of Maryland’s Primary Care and Infectious Disease Workforce

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Alive! Maryland Needs Assessment Report

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Alive! Maryland Needs Assessment At A Glance

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​​In 2021, the Maryland Department of Health engaged HealthHIV to begin Alive! Maryland, the first-ever comprehensive capacity building initiative for the state of Maryland’s primary care and HIV, viral hepatitis, STI, and harm reduction workforce. Alive! stands for Assess, Learn, Integrate, Visualize, Engage—representing each phase of the program—and serves as a motivational call to action to build capacity to improve health in Maryland. 

Alive! Maryland administered a mixed-methods needs assessment to gain insight into training and technical assistance needs of Maryland’s primary care and infectious disease workforce. Alive! Maryland outlined the following pillars, which were used to address the needs assessment through a syndemic, comprehensive, and coordinated approach: 

  • Health Equity
  • Harm Reduction
  • Self Determination
  • Sexual Health Promotion
  • Social Determinants of Health 

The assessment examined these pillars to inform the design, development, and delivery of the curricula to strengthen the technical capacity of Maryland’s infectious disease and primary care workforce.

The results indicated that COVID-19 greatly impacted prevention and care activities at all levels and highlighted the need for a more responsive approach to address the intersectionality of the HIV, STI, hepatitis, and opioid epidemics through a health equity lens. Additional areas observed in both the quantitative and qualitative data collection and described in detail in this report are: 

  • Integrate HIV, STIs, HCV, and harm reduction prevention and health services into COVID-19 services;
  • Provide mental health services at the workforce and client/patient level;
  • Invest in staff retention;
  • Incorporate sustainable and accessible telehealth models; and
  • Address support services.