SPH Center Leads HIV Care Initiative

Posted on: June 21, 2016 Topics: CAHPP, HIV/AIDS

Photography for BU School of Public Health.The School of Public Health Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (CAHPP) is working with AIDS United to disseminate and evaluate four interventions to increase linkage to and retention in HIV care.

CAHPP (formerly the Health & Disability Working Group) received $2.5 million last year to serve as the dissemination and evaluation center for a five-year, national, first-of-its-kind project to disseminate and test evidence-informed HIV interventions for populations facing disparities.

Using an implementation-science approach, CAHPP will provide evaluation-related technical assistance to 12 sites across the country and spearhead dissemination findings, while AIDS United will provide implementation expertise and technical assistance. Grantees will implement one of the following four interventions:

  • Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in HIV Primary Care
  • Transitional Care Coordination from Jail Intake to Community HIV Primary Care
  • Enhanced Patient Navigation for HIV-Positive Women of Color
  • Peer Linkage and Re-engagement for HIV-Positive Women of Color.

The interventions are based on past initiatives funded under the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau, and Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS). The initiative led by CAHPP and AIDS United represents the first attempt to bring innovative SPNS-supported interventions to scale across the field.

“This is an opportunity to advance the innovative research conducted through HRSA SPNS and create evidence-based models for future replication,” said Jane Fox, the CAHPP principal investigator for the initiative.

CAHPP builds on policies and practices that improve the well-being of those who are often overlooked in the health care discussion—children and adults with special health care needs, people living with HIV and other chronic diseases, or those facing issues of substance use, mental health, and homelessness.

Michelle Samuels

Learn more about the initiative here.

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