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Active Referral Intervention: Case Study, Overview, and Replication Tips

July 2017
Author: IHIP


This intervention uses Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to more actively and immediately link clients to HIV care services.

The guide is aimed at health care providers, social support providers, and technical assistance trainers across all health settings. This intervention was initially implemented in a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-funded site, so those grantees who may be seeing similar populations, and who are facing similar challenges, may also benefit greatly.


  • Intervention steps at-a-glance to provide an overview of featured activities,
  • Resource checklists outlining necessary capacity for replication,
  • Staffing table with personnel overviews, and
  • Narrative sections to walk readers through processes for replication.

This document is part of the Improving Health Outcomes: Moving Patients Along the HIV Care Continuum and Beyond series that includes a fuller manual, additional case studies, pocket guides, and TA webinars. This innovative, evidence-informed intervention focuses on the Linkage to Care continuum of care step.

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