The AIDS United Access to Care (A2C) portfolio supported innovative, evidence-based, collaborative programs that connected over 5,000 low-income and marginalized people living with HIV to supportive services and health care. Rigorous national evaluation by Johns Hopkins University found that A2C grantees exceeded national viral suppression rates by over 25% and saved up to $8.83 in future medical costs for every dollar spent.
A2C grantees’ innovative approaches, including telemedicine, trauma-informed care, and housing-first models, inspired the creation of numerous tools and resources for the field. More resources are currently underway to be released throughout 2017!
Funded by the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Retention in Care (RiC) supported seven organizations to address key barriers to HIV care. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a public-private partnership of AIDS United, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and 14 private funders, supported 12 organizations to expand access to and support consistent engagement in care.
Resources: Peers, Housing, Securing the Link
“Our analysis found that Access to Care sites consistently exceeded national benchmarks for linkage to and retention in care, prescription of HIV medications, and viral suppression. Linkage and retention in care programs like Access to Care that are evidence-based and serve the most vulnerable populations are needed if we aim to meet the goals put forward by the National HIV AIDS Strategy.”
— Catherine Maulsby, M.P.H., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dissemination of Evidence- Informed Interventions
To develop innovative models of HIV care needed to end the epidemic, in 2016 AIDS United and Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (CAHPP) launched the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions (DEII) initiative, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Twelve performance sites replicate past initiatives of HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) to improve linkage, retention, re-engagement, and viral suppression among low-income and marginalized people living with HIV. Approximately 1,000 people will receive services through this initiative. Program interventions include:
- Transitional Care Coordination from Jail Intake to Community Primary Care
- Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in HIV Primary Care
- Peer Linkage and Re-Engagement of HIV-Positive Women of Color
- Enhanced Patient Navigation for HIV-Positive Women of Color
CAHPP is conducting a multisite, rigorous evaluation to gain insight into the barriers and facilitators of successful implementation of each of the four interventions to guide future replication of the interventions across the field. These innovative, best practices will be packaged into replicable, cost-effective care and treatment interventions for Ryan White grantees that are easily adaptable to the changing health care environment.
“When I was diagnosed with HIV, I had nobody to help me and keep me in care. This program is the most beautiful thing, especially for women of color, because so many of us don’t put ourselves first. I enjoy every minute of the work I do, and know that it makes a difference.“
- Allison Byrd, Peer Navigator, AIDS Care Group, Chester, PA
Communications Department – The Power of Words
The AIDS United Communications Department works across the agency to cultivate stories and messages that propel AIDS United and its work forward. The department works to ensure consistent presence, messaging, and branding of AIDS United’s work. The department also works every day to make sure that HIV gets the attention it deserves in the media and that the general public is aware of advances in the field. In 2016, AIDS United was featured in articles in The New York Times, Mashable, Ebony, The Advocate, People Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Putting the Social in Social Advocacy
We engage partner organizations; national, regional, and local media; and thousands of advocates across social media to amplify the voices of people living with and affected by HIV.