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4.c.ii Increase early access to, and retention in, HIV care (Focus Area 1; Goal #2)

Project ObjectiveThis project will increase early access to, and retention in, HIV care.

Project DescriptionThis project is targeted at increasing the percentage of HIV-infected persons with a known diagnosis who are in care by 9% to 72% by December 31, 2017. This project is also targeted at increasing the percentage of HIV-infected persons with known diagnoses who are virally suppressed to 45% by December 31, 2017.


PMO: Duane Granston
Community Co-Lead: Debbie Witham, VIP Services
BLHC Co-Lead: Richard Cindrich, MD
BLHC Co-Lead: Lenny Vincente

Jul 17, 2017

Project Update For April 2017

The workgroup has expanded to include 2 additional partners with peers now actively performing interventions to help increase access to and retention in HIV care.  The workgroup has also partnered with St. Barnabas and The Alliance for Positive Change (formerly known as ASCNYC) to offer a fully immersive Training Program for Peers in the Bronx to go through the training course with a cohort of other peer workers in the Bronx.  The training program will provide all of the training needs for peers to become Certified Peer Workers.  

Feb 28, 2017

Project Update For February 2017

In January 2017, the HIV Coalition Leads co-signed on a letter to the State addressing 3 issues that are of concern.

1.       Equal transparency in funding for Domain 4 projects as exists in Domains 2 and 3.

2.       HIV confidentiality to support collaborative care between multiple service providers.

3.       Clarification of the use of non-cash incentives for DSRIP efforts.

The BHA 4cii Workgroup continues development of its social media campaign.  Over the last several weeks they have selected a name, purchased a domain, and set up a website which is ready to go live once the group finishes populating it with services information.

BHA is taking the lead on collaborating on a peer training initiative this effort with fellow PPSs in the Bronx, namely BPHC and OneCity Health.  The Alliance for Positive Change (formerly ASCNYC) recently shared a draft budget of what the package would look like and it is being reviewed. 

The workgroup continues to engage partners in measuring the effectiveness of peer support services.  The decision was made to focus primarily on appointment adherence as a data point.  The goal is to show through data that peer interventions affect medical appointment adherence and reduce the no show rate.  This will have wider implications and provider a strong business case for on-going funding of peer interventions as a core service.  

Sep 30, 2016

Project Update for September 2016

The project workgroup is collecting data from the Peer Pilot Program to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Peer Navigators.  They have already seen an increase in the number of medical appointments kept due to peer intervention.  3 partners participated over the last 2 quarters and the group is anticipating the expansion of the program to include 2 additional partners next quarter.  There has been increased communication and collaboration between partner organizations as a result of the Open House format of the project workgroup meetings where every week a different partner will host the meeting on site at their facility.  The Peer supervisors also meet monthly to discuss problems, issues, and strategy.