People with HIV and Community

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is a federal program dedicated to providing the best care to people with HIV. Funds go to states and communities to deliver services.

The main purpose of this website is to present resources to help RWHAP agencies deliver HIV care. There are also resources for people with HIV. The RWHAP has a legislative requirement of consumer involvement, which helps keep the program on the right track. Consumer-focused resources include involvement of consumers/people with HIV in planning councils, advisory boards, and peer programs (where people with HIV support others to help keep them in care).

But the most important role for you is to take care of your health. This means keeping appointments, taking medications, and asking for help and support from friends, family, and professionals like physicians, nurses, case managers and counselors.

Getting in Care, Staying in Care

  • Clients should work with their trusted HIV/AIDS care team to learn about health insurance coverage options. Access health insurance enrollment resources for consumers.
  • Need help with HIV services, like finding a clinic or getting a problem fixed? Contact your case manager, your doctor, your nurse.

Having problems finding help? Go to the RWHAP Part B website for your state. Often, they list hotlines, lists of agencies, and grievance/complaint forms. You can also contact our Help Desk.

Resources and TA/Training People with HIV

Explore the following Library topics and websites for resources developed to date. Also, access the Technical Assistance Directory for current projects that deliver support to RWHAP agencies.

See the Top Picks below as well as our People with HIV & Community Involvement resources for information on varied topics, like:

  • Community Advisory Boards - how to set up and improve a community advisory board.
  • Peer Programs - train patients and community members to support other patients.
  • Quality Management - HRSA's standards and tools and resources to measure and improve performance.

Innovations in HIV Care: Replication Resources - HRSA-funded innovations are currently catalogued in HIV Care Innovations: Replication Resources and Best Practices Compilation, (Consolidation of these collections is forthcoming.)

See our Planning resources and the vital role of consumers in Ryan White decision-making. Start with the Planning Body Operations resources, particularly the Planning Council Primer and Training Guide for RWHAP Part A Planning Councils/Planning Bodies: A Member’s First Planning Cycle.

Key Resources

Webinars and Training

  • Center for Engaging Black MSM across the Care Continuum

    Web training site to educate providers on the delivery of HIV health care services for black men who have sex with men to enhance engagement/retention in care.

Tools and Job Aids

Websites

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    U.S. HIV-related treatment guidelines, drug database, and glossary.

  • Center for Engaging Black MSM across the Care Continuum

    Online resource to enhance care interactions experienced by Black MSM. 

Technical Assistance and Training

  • Capacity building for the RWHAP community to navigate the changing health care landscape and help people with HIV to access and use their health coverage to improve health outcomes.
  • The CHAC advises the Secretary, HHS, Director of CDC, and Administrator of HRSA, regarding objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD prevention and treatment efforts.
  • TA/training for RWHAP agencies to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS care they provide. Project period: 2020-2024.

  • ELEVATE will prepare people with HIV to meaningfully engage and take on leadership roles in planning bodies, advocacy actions, and the HIV workforce. Project period: 2020-2024.

  • ESCALATE will focus on reducing HIV stigma through training participants in EHE jurisdictions. Project period: 2020-2024.

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