Best Practices Compilation

The RWHAP Best Practices Compilation gathers and disseminates interventions that improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. Explore the Compilation to find inspiration and new ideas for improving the care of people with HIV. Submit your innovation today for possible inclusion in the Compilation.


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Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., a network of community health centers serving Southern Mississippi, uses data-driven quality improvement techniques to identify youth who are not virally suppressed or have missed appointments. Medical case managers use a client checklist to identify and address barriers to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and medical care adherence. They also use a health literacy visual illustration tool to help youth understand the effects of ART on viral suppression. The intervention strategy was successful in improving viral suppression rates for youth.
The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, with partners Catholic Charities and reStart, developed KC Life 360 to expand housing and employment opportunities for people with HIV. KC Life 360 contributed to positive housing, earned income, and viral suppression outcomes for clients.
The Maricopa Jail Project was implemented by five jails to decrease the wait time between incarceration and/or diagnosis to the start of treatment, and to better support clients to reach viral suppression. Maricopa hired a nurse practitioner to manage access and case manage across the jail system. The initiative was successful in increasing the number of clients who were virally suppressed.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis updated its data management process to better document housing and employment service outcomes. Enhancements to the Electronic Health Record contributed to positive housing, employment, and viral suppression outcomes for clients.
Ryan Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and Alliance for Positive Change, a community-based organization, created a medical-community partnership to link clients to care and decrease missed appointments. The Linkage to Care program, utilizing peer navigators, was successful in reengaging clients who had fallen out of care.
Lehigh Valley Health Network Comprehensive Health Services implemented a trauma-informed approach to care delivery, including training staff on how trauma can affect people’s health and how microaggressions in healthcare environments can potentially trigger trauma responses. This approach positively impacted care delivery and the program’s retention in care rate.
San Joaquin County Public Health Services Department partnered with the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS to help clients get to medical appointments via ridesharing. Representing the first partnership between a jurisdiction and a ridesharing company, this program addresses transportation barriers, promotes engagement in medical care, and leads to cost savings.
MacGregor Infectious Diseases, a hospital-based clinic affiliated with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, implemented a multidisciplinary approach to strengthen outreach to clients and improve care retention. As compared to clients in standard care, clients served with the multidisciplinary approach had higher rates of retention in care, particularly among clients who were not virally suppressed.
The Broward County Ryan White Part A Program identified a need to integrate primary care with behavioral health services, including linking clients to mental health and substance use services. Broward County trained providers on trauma-informed care, and modified contracts and standards of care to require that medical providers conduct mental health screening. The intervention seeks to increase the percent of clients who are linked to mental health treatment, retained in care, and virally suppressed.

Caracole, an AIDS Service Organization, uses three interconnected approaches to improve retention in HIV care: housing first, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing. Clients in permanent supportive housing had high rates of viral suppression, exceeding Caracole's goal of 75%.