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Building Medical Homes for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-Positive Homeless Populations

January 29, 2018
Author: Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice


Resources from the SPNS initiative, Building a Medical Home for Multiply-Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations, that organizations can use to support their efforts to create andstrengthen programs. Also to link link clients into care living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness, and may be diagnosed with behavioral health or substance use disorders. 

The roles of Navigators for vulnerable populations are to:

  • Help engage them in care
  • Create partnerships between HIV and housing providers
  • Create partnerships with Integrated Behavioral and HIV Services

These are central to the nine demonstration medical home models implemented in this initiative under the guidance of HRSA and the Med-HEART Medical Home Evaluation and Resource Team.

The Initiative

The HRSA SPNS Initiative Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations (2012-2017) supported nine demonstration sites. The goal of the Initiative is to develop interventions to improve HIV care engagement in, and retention among, homeless and unstably housed people living with HIV with co-occurring mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Evaluation and TA Center

Evaluation and resource development was coordinated by the Med-HEART Medical Home Evaluation and Resource Team at the Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice. 

Demonstration Sites

One-page overviews of the medical home SPNS demonstration sites.

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