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09/09-09/18/2024 Foundations of Testing and Navigation

Mar Padilla
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This course consists of pre-work, five live Zoom sessions, and post-work and can take up to 20 hours to complete all modules. The goal of this course is to prepare new prevention specialists to perform HIV tests, deliver results and initiate status-neutral navigation.


By the end of this training, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Describe the status-neutral continuum (including PrEP, PEP, U=U)
  • Explain combination prevention using the Healthy Options Job Aid
  • Describe stigma and its impact on health inequities
  • Define and mitigate unconscious bias
  • Apply the process outlined in the Conversation Guide


  • Participants' supervisors must agree their staff will attend all 5 live virtual sessions, in a private space without distractions or other work.
  • Learners are expected to attend every session and complete all course work to receive their certificate of completion. 
  • Learners are expected to have a computer with a microphone, camera, and speakers/headphones to join the Zoom session. 
  • DSHS has requested the contact information of learners who are unable to complete the course for potential follow-up to learn about barriers to course completion. 


Supervisors should allow learners work time and a work area to attend the live sessions and complete assignments. The full course will take up to 20 hours of learners’ time.

    Virtual Format

    This course will be held over several weeks, including time for the pre-work and the two weeks of live Zoom sessions.


    Learners must complete prerequisites in order to move forward in the course. 

    Live Zoom Session

    • Week One: Mon/Tues, 1-3pm CT
    • Week Two: Mon/Tues/Wed, 1-3pm CT


    Each live session will require pre-work and post-work, including an Evaluation. These must be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion.

    Virtual 2024 Session Dates: All sessions run from 1:00-3:00PM, Central Time

    Each individual course will open 30 days prior to the 1st live Zoom session to allow for prerequisite and pre-work completion.

    • Mar 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 (Pre-work opens Feb 5 and Post-work closes Mar 20)
    • June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 (Pre-work opens May 13 and Post-work closes June 25)
    • Sep 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 (Pre-work opens Aug 12 and Post-work closes Sep 25)
    • Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 (Pre-work opens Nov 4 and Post-work closes Dec 18)

    Here is the course outline:


    Sep 5

    Complete 9 short e-learning courses. If previously completed, you will not need to redo them - nevertheless, click through this module to open pre-work. 

    1. Status-Neutral Approach and Combination Prevention

    Sep 8

    Pre-Work, Live Zoom Session, and Daily Feedback for Module 1 Please note, you will be able to access the Pre-Work activities one month before the FIRST live Zoom session.

    2. Stigma and Mitigating Unconscious Bias

    Sep 9

    Pre-Work, Live Zoom Session, and Daily Feedback for Module 2

    3. Pre-Test / HIV Test

    Sep 15

    Pre-Work, Live Zoom Session, and Daily Feedback for Module 3

    4. Deliver Results / Post-Test

    Sep 16

    Pre-Work, Live Zoom Session, and Daily Feedback for Module 4

    5. Role Play

    Sep 17

    Pre-Work, Live Zoom Session, and Daily Feedback for Module 5


    The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

    Certificate of Completion
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