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Access to Care

The Access to Care (A2C) initiative is a public-private partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and 14 private funders. A2C supports innovative, evidence-based, collaborative programs to connect thousands of low-income and marginalized individuals living with HIV to supportive services and health care. AIDS United’s support includes cash grants, technical assistance, evaluation, and networking opportunities that help to maximize the impact of each A2C program.

Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama's unique and innovative telemedicine links people living with HIV in some of the most remote parts of the State with HIV-specializing providers in Montgomery.

Emphasis on hard-to-reach populations is integral in AIDS United’s A2C work, which seeks to: identify the systemic and/or individualized barriers to care people living with HIVmay experience; support the development of systems and interventions to alleviate those barriers and implement innovative approaches to ensuring access to and consistent engagement in care. A2C is designed to reach populations with the greatest barriers to care through refined outreach strategies and with appropriate resources that otherwise would not be available. All funded projects within the A2C portfolio have developed a team of collaborating organizations that are working together to reduce barriers to care, provide innovative solutions to long-standing access problems, and to change the way that systems operate in their community. AIDS United is committed to supporting projects that not only focus on individual level solutions to access to and retention in care, but also systemic change that will last long after AIDS United support is gone.

Another significant component of this program is the multi-pronged evaluation approach led by a team at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, led by Dr. David Holtgrave and Dr. Catherine Maulsby. Data collected through the evaluation about the more than 4000 people served through the initiative to date will provide important information for the HIV field on what works to improve engagement in HIV care.

For more information about AIDS United's Access to Care initiative, email:

A2C Grantees Project Profiles, Innovations & Success Stories :

Click on program links below to view a brief summary of the grantee's project, including collaborating partners, innovative components, and success stories:

Care Coach for Incarcerated Individuals
Philadelphia, PA
AIDS Action Committee
Learning, Engaging  &
Advocating with Peers (LEAP)

Boston, MA
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Chicago, IL
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Care and Access Network
Los Angeles, CA
Amida Care
New York, NY
Christie's Place
CHANGE for Women Phase 1
San Diego, CA
 Damien Center
Linkage to Care
 Indianapolis, IN
 Louisiana Public Health Initiative (LPHI)
Louisiana Re-Entry Initiative
Baton Rouge, LA
Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama
Alabama eHealth  
Montgomery, AL
 St. Louis Effort for AIDS
 BEACON Project
St. Louis, MO
Washington AIDS Partnership
Positive Pathways  
Washington, DC
University of Alabama/Birmingham
Birmingham Access to Care
Birmingham, AL



AIDS United’s A2C Initiative directly supports the “Increasing Access to Care” goals of the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), released in July, 2010 by the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy (ONAP). During the development of the NHAS, ONAP emphasized that successful implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) would require the commitment and collaboration of the corporate, philanthropic and government sectors.

On page 17 of its December 2013 report about the progress of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), ONAP spotlights AIDS United’s Access to Care (A2C) work as a public-private partnership that truly is helping to advance the goals of the National Strategy.

This initiative is supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Social Innovation Fund combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States.

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