Featured Presenters and Interventions
Social Networks Testing Initiative
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Presenter: Jacob Dougherty, BA
Jacob Dougherty currently works as an HIV Prevention Program Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program, where he provides training and technical assistance to local health departments and grant-funded agencies throughout the state. Prior to this, he spent four years working as a Data and Compliance Manager for HIV Prevention Programming at Diverse and Resilient, Inc., a public health nonprofit agency focused on addressing LGBT health disparities in Wisconsin. He has served on local, statewide, and national workgroups to develop best practices, protocols, and tools to improve HIV testing outcomes.
Dougherty discussed the Social Networks Testing Initiative that leveraged existing social networks to find high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM) and reach persons unaware of their HIV status, provide them HIV counseling and testing, and link newly diagnosed clients to a Linkage to Care Specialist who provided intensive services and patient navigation to ensure active linkage and engagement into care post-diagnosis.
Assess, Test, Link: Achieving Success (ATLAS) Program
Care Alliance Health Center (Ohio)
Presenter: Anne Avery, MD
Dr. Ann Avery is an associate professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and a practicing infectious disease physician at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She focuses on improving the lives of patients with or at risk for HIV utilizing a holistic approach of biomedical, social, and structural interventions. She has implemented novel multi-level ways to engage marginalized populations into the HIV Care Continuum, including the integration of HIV testing in a variety of settings, including jails. She is the principal investigator for two ongoing SPNS initiatives and one HRSA-funded dissemination of evidence-based interventions project.
Dr. Avery discussed the Assess, Test, Link: Achieving Success (ATLAS) Program that implemented a jail-based HIV testing and linkage case management program, identified HIV-positive jail-based clients, and linked HIV-positive clients to medical care and services upon release to the community.