Congratulations to our partner Harris Health System of Houston, TX, whose poster Trauma Informed Care for HIV+ homeless patients tied for first place at the VITAL 2016 conference in Boston last month. Harris Health staff analyzed data collected as part of the Medical Home Evaluation and Resource Team (Med-HEART) project to explore the question: Can Trauma-Informed-Care-based case management improve health outcomes for HIV-positive patients who are homeless with mental health or substance use issues? The study showed that using a Trauma-Informed-Care approach to case management improved engagement in care rates by 87% and viral load suppression rates by 44% among 157 patients, results that suggest trauma-informed-care-based case management as a promising approach to improving management of HIV disease among homeless patients.
VITAL2016 is an annual conference held by America’s Essential Hospitals where health care leaders from across the country convene to discuss crucial issues that impact their patients and communities. A similar poster outlining this research earned Harris Health a first-place prize at the American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV) in Dallas, TX in April.
View Harris Health’s poster Trauma Informed Care for HIV+ homeless patients