A Brief 2019 Recap of Ryan White Training and TA
Flipping a calendar to a new year is of course very much about looking back. It's all about the highlights and the inevitable failure to mention and remember certain important events. Thus, TargetHIV offers this brief review of 2019 activities undertaken to improve HIV care via technical assistance and training activities for HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP):
- The proportion of RWHAP clients achieving viral suppression reached 87.1% in 2018 in a continuation of the steady seven-year rise from 69.5% in 2010. HRSA supports extensive technical assistance and training activities on Data and Reporting for the RSR, ADR, CAREWare, and Electronic Handbooks.
HRSA 2019 Year in Review infographic (also below)
- Over two dozen technical assistance and training projects are in operation to support domestic and global HIV/AIDS programs, offering assistance on RWHAP data management, health coverage enrollment, planning, sustainability of community agencies, and a collection of projects to identify HIV care innovations.
- The year 2020 will have lots more on innovations/best practices projects, which have been under development for at least a year. We've started the process of highlighting and reorganizing HIV Care Innovations: Replication Resources and will be reordering the overall TargetHIV site in the coming year.
- HRSA and other agencies are working to implement the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative, as summarized in HRSA Pathway on Ending the HIV Epidemic at USCA 2019.
- Many insights on Ending the HIV Epidemic are of course from the front-lines. In early 2019, we posted slides, videos, and daily summaries from the December 2018 Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment featuring many innovations. Look for more at the August 2020 Ryan White Conference.
- Several new state/local compendiums were compiled over the past year, including the Hepatitis C Prescriber Toolkit (state-specific resources to help providers navigate health coverage requirements on prescription of Hepatitis C treatment) and the Directory of Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plans (prevention and care plans developed at the local and state levels).
Those are just a handful of highlights. Much more happened in 2019 (and in years earlier, for that matter), like expansion of Rapid ART (getting people on antiretrovirals as soon as possible after and HIV diagnosis), the increased uptake of PrEP, and continued attention to disparities in HIV health outcomes among persons with unstable housing and technical resources to link and support individuals into HIV care and housing.