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Intervention Guide— Guide to Healing: Enhancing Access to Care for HIV+ Women in the Rural South

October 2018

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)

The Guide to Healing: Enhancing Access to Care for HIV+ Women in the Rural South intervention guide highlights an evidence-informed innovative model of care. The intervention guide focuses on the retention step of the care continuum. This intervention guide examines a patient navigation intervention focused on linkage to and retention in care and provides information on key components of the intervention and the capacity required by organizations/clinics to conduct this work.

The HIV care continuum refers to the fluid nature of HIV care delivery and client experiences. This framework has received attention as research has demonstrated the importance of moving clients along the HIV care continuum with the goals of being fully linked, engaged, retained, and virally suppressed. Therefore, finding programs that help clients move along the stages of the continuum—like the one featured here—are particularly important.

This intervention guide highlights:

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

This intervention was initially implemented in a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-funded site, so those recipients who may be seeing similar populations, and who are facing similar challenges, may also benefit greatly.

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