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Access to Care

Helping People Live - and Thrive - with HIV

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This page is a collection of lessons learned, best practices, and tools, gleaned from the AIDS United Access to Care initiative. While the initiative has ended, we hope that the information on this page will help inform AIDS service organizations as they work to provide the best care possible to people living with HIV.

The Access to Care initiative was a public-private partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and 14 private funders. Access to Care supported twelve innovative, evidence-based, collaborative programs that connected connect thousands of low-income and marginalized individuals living with HIV to supportive services and health care.

Program Evaluation Findings

AIDS United partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to conduct a rigorous, multi-pronged evaluation measuring health outcomes, community impact, and cost benefit of each model. Led by Dr. David Holtgrave and Dr. Catherine Maulsby, the evaluation found that the AIDS United Access to Care initiative:

  • Expanded access to high-quality, life-extending care to over 5,000 people living with HIV,
  • Exceeded national viral suppression rates by 27%, and
  • Saved up to $8.83 in future HIV-related medical care for every dollar spent.
Learn more about the program and evaluation findings in this presentation below.

Program Models:

The models used by Access to Care grantees were as varied as the clients they served. However, they all had key elements in common—evidence-based approaches, innovation, and a commitment to removing barriers to help clients stay in lifesaving care. Click on the links below to find out more about program models that you can use in your own service delivery.

Program Resources:

This section contains “how-to guides,” webinars, and other resources that we hope will be useful to organizations providing HIV care services.

Best Practices: Integrating Peers into HIV Models of Care

Securing the Link: A Guide to Support Individuals Transitioning Back Into the Community from Jail

Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural Health Care Telemedicine Program



Meaningful Involvement of Peers in Evaluation

Peer Services: Evolving & Sustaining the Model in a Time of Change


The Power of Peers: Implementing Best Practices in your Community

This page is based upon work under Grant No. 10SIHDC001 and supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS or the Social Innovation Fund program.The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

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