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Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: A Toolkit for Developing HIV Peer Programs

Authors: Multiple authors from American Red Cross, BU SPH, Center for Health Training, Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, JRI, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, WORLD

Date: 2009

Project: PEER Center

Keywords: Financing, HIV/AIDS, Research and Evaluation Methods, Scope of Practice, Tools and Guides, Training and Supervision, US- based

Purpose of this toolkit: to support organizations and communities who work with peers to effectively engage and retain PLWHA in care and treatment.

Primary audiences: directors/managers, supervisors of social services, clinic managers and medical directors, nurses and case managers, state and county health officials in charge of HIV program dollars, planning councils, consumer advisory committees and anyone interested in building, enhancing or incorporating peers into a program

Additional uses: Organizations can review and select relevant sections based on their program’s needs and use the tools and resources available

Health Care Reform and the Massachusetts CommonHealth Program: An Important Foundation to Build on for Children with Disabilities

Authors: Comeau, M., & other authors

Date: 2009

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Medicaid Buy-In Programs, Medicaid/CHIP

This Catalyst Center policy brief describes the impact of the CommonHealth program and its relevance to the Massachusetts health care reform experience.

Estimating the Cost per Child Under the Family Opportunity Act’s Medicaid Buy-in Option: An Update

Authors: Comeau, M., & other authors

Date: 2009

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Medicaid Buy-In Programs

Previous Catalyst Center calculations of costs per child for children with disabilities eligible for Medicaid coverage under the Family Opportunity Act were derived from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. In this revised estimate, we use information from the Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS) State Summary Datamart. 

Digital Story: The Peer Program Makes a Big Difference

Authors: Ablavsky, E., Neville, S., Rajabiun, S.

Date: 2009

Project: PEER Center

Keywords: HIV/AIDS

This digital story describes how one peer educator supports one client’s efforts to manage his HIV self-care. It does not represent all peers and clients, nor does it portray all the ways peers help clients cope with the daily stresses of living with HIV.

Case Study: Buying into a Medicaid Buy-in Program: The Texas Experience

Authors: Catalyst Center Team

Date: 2009

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Medicaid Buy-In Programs

Family advocacy efforts coupled with legislative support resulted in the creation and implementation of a Medicaid Buy-in program for families raising children with disabilities in Texas.