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Ryan White 2016 Conference Presentation: Understanding and Addressing Stigma to Promote Engagement in HIV Care

Authors: Rajabiun, S., Maskay, M., AIDS Arms Inc., McKeithan, L., CommWell Health

Date: 2016

Project: Med-HEART

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Medical Home

As part of the initiative Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV Homeless Populations, staff conducted a substudy on stigma. The goals of the study are to 1) understand and describe how stigma is manifested in individual’s experience 2) develop approaches and coping skills for clients who experience stigma and 3) create a medical home to reduce stigma and enhance access and quality of care. The team presented preliminary results at the Ryan White 2016 conference.

Ryan White 2016 Conference Presentation: Moving Research Findings into Practice to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

Authors: Fox, J.

Date: 2016

Project: The Dissemination and Evaluation Center

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

Staff from CAHPP and partner AIDS United shared results to date of the Dissemination and Evaluation Center (DEC) in a presentation at the Ryan White 2016 Conference.

Webinar Series on Care Coordination for Children with Complex Health Care Needs


Date: 2016

Project: LPFCH Care Coordination Project

Keywords: CYSHCN

Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) and the Catalyst Center, this webinar series focuses on coordinating care for children with “social complexity,” i.e., those with chronic or complex medical conditions complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor parental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. This webinar is a continuation of the work that began with the LPFCH’s national symposium, “Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs” (see the archived webcast and Symposium Proceedings).

Webinar: Addressing Health Coverage Inequities among CSHCN in Your State

Authors: Wilson, K., Dworetzky, B., Morisse, B., Johnson, J., Wrightsman-Birch, S., Jegede, B., Barnett, L.

Date: 2016

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Equity, Health Inequities, Maternal and Child Health

An hour-long webinar held on June 20, 2016 to “get acquainted” with the tutorial, Health Care Coverage and Financing for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial to Address Inequities. MCH staff from Alaska and Michigan share strategies they use to work towards health equity for CSHCN in their states.
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Expanding Access & Improving Retention in HIV Care: The SPECTRuM Project Implementation Manual

Authors: Multiple authors from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences; Boston University School of Public Health; Justice Resource Institute; Health Innovations; Boston Medical Center; Brockton Neighborhood Health Center; Greater New Bedford Community Health Center; Holyoke Health Center; Morton Hospital; UMass Memorial Medical Center

Date: 2016

Project: The SPECTRuM Project

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

Although current medical treatments have improved health outcomes for people living with HIV infection, for some, engagement and retention in health care and adherence to antiretroviral treatment is a challenge. In 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, undertook the ‘Strategic Peer-Enhanced Care and Retention Model’ or SPECTRuM project. The project utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach including peers, nurses, and other clinical providers to enhance prompt linkage to care, intensively support retention in care, and improve adherence to prescribed treatments. This manual describes the service approaches and lessons learned from the initiative, and includes many of the assessment tools and direct care resources used throughout the project. Examples of successful interventions are provided in a variety of settings, from large, urban hospitals, to neighborhood-based community health centers. The interventions described are suitable for medical organizations, within and outside of Massachusetts. These approaches can be applied to work with diverse patient populations, including newly diagnosed individuals, hard-to-reach clients with multiple comorbidities, immigrant and refugee populations, individuals recently released from correctional facilities, persons with lower health literacy, and those with limited experience navigating the health care system.