The Dissemination and Evaluation Center
Improving Health Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum
The Dissemination and Evaluation Center (DEC) was formed in 2015 as part of the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative. The DEC has adapted four previously implemented HRSA HIV care interventions for replication and is currently implementing a multisite evaluation plan using an Implementation Science framework in order to disseminate successful practices to the field. By taking an Implementation Science (IS) approach, the DEC will gain insight into the barriers and facilitators of successful implementation of each of the four interventions to guide future replication of the interventions. In addition to studying the implementation, the DEC studies HIV Care Continuum outcomes of linkage, retention, re-engagement and viral suppression among persons living with HIV.
The four interventions that are currently being implemented have been adapted from the following projects:
- Enhancing Linkages for Those Newly Released from Jails;
- Innovative Methods for Integrating Buprenorphine Opioid Abuse Treatment in HIV Primary Care;
- Targeted Outreach and Intervention Model Development for Underserved HIV-Positive Populations Not in Care; and
- The SMAIF Retention and Re-engagement Project
The DEC currently provides training and technical assistance to 12 sites implementing the adapted interventions. Learn more about the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions project and the adapted interventions at https://nextlevel.careacttarget.org/
The DEC team has partnered with substance use disorder experts to modify its existing buprenorphine treatment manual. “Integrating Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care” is now available here.
The goal of the initiative is to produce four evidence-informed Care And Treatment Interventions that are replicable; cost-effective; capable of producing optimal HIV Care Continuum outcomes; and easily adaptable to the changing healthcare environment.
- Joint AIDS United-CAHPP Press Release: National Research Project Brings Game-Changing Interventions to Scale
- BUSPH article: SPH Center Leads HIV Care Initiative
- BUSPH article: Researchers Receive $2.5M in Funding to Improve HIV Care