Health Literacy

Educating patients can make them better care partners and improve their engagement in their own health improvement.

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Best Practices

  • AIDS Action Foundation

    Workbooks describing ways to help connect people living with HIV/AIDS to medical care. Estos cuadernos describen la manera de asistir a conectar personas que viven con VIH/SIDA con el sistema médico.  

  • IHIP
    HHOME is a mobile care and systems intervention that helps connect vulnerable and homeless individuals in San Francisco to rapid HIV treatment.
  • IHIP
    KC Life 360 is an employment-focused intervention that utilizes the intersection between employment services, HIV care and treatment, and housing to improve health outcomes of people with HIV.
  • University of Texas Health, San Antonio, SPNS HCV Cure among People of Color with HIV
    Slides with summaries of the SPNS initiative, Curing Hepatitis C among People of Color Living with HIV including: evaluation questions; dissemination activities; and site reports.
  • IHIP

    Implementation guide for HIV providers on addressing the unique needs of women of color living with HIV.

  • Evidence-Informed Interventions (E2i)
    Healthy Divas is an evidence-informed intervention that empowers transgender women with HIV to accomplish personalized gender affirmation and HIV health goals through peer-facilitated counseling sessions.
  • Best Practices Compilation
    The University of Mississippi Medical Center implemented a Postpartum Retention and Engagement Quality Improvement Initiative in 2017 to improve linkage to care, retention in care, and viral suppression among postpartum women with HIV. This intervention uses a combination of care coordination, printed materials, case management services, and improved collaboration and coordination between the Adult Special Care Clinic, which provides comprehensive HIV medical care, and a Perinatal HIV Program. The comprehensive intervention significantly improved retention in HIV care and increased viral suppression at both six and 12 months postpartum.
  • Best Practices Compilation
    Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., a network of community health centers serving Southern Mississippi, uses data-driven quality improvement techniques to identify youth who are not virally suppressed or have missed appointments. Medical case managers use a client checklist to identify and address barriers to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and medical care adherence. They also use a health literacy visual illustration tool to help youth understand the effects of ART on viral suppression. The intervention strategy was successful in improving viral suppression rates for youth.
  • Best Practices Compilation
    SBIRT is designed to screen clients for drug and alcohol use, educate clients on the risks of use, and connect them to substance use treatment services if necessary. SBIRT is an evidence-informed intervention that has been adapted by HIV experts in collaboration with community members to improve health outcomes among people with HIV. Two sites implemented SBIRT as part of E2i, an initiative funded by the RWHAP Part F SPNS program from 2017–2021. Among the clients enrolled in SBIRT, the percentage with a prescription of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and who reached viral suppression both increased significantly.
  • Evidence-Informed Interventions (E2i)
    T.W.E.E.T. is an evidence-informed intervention that engages transgender women into HIV care through peer-led health education groups, leadership opportunities, supportive services, and community building.
  • Best Practices Compilation
    Wellness Web 2.0 is a text message-based intervention that offers health education tools, appointment reminders, and navigation services to increase linkage to and retention in care for youth and young adults with HIV. Clients across 27 counties in South Texas enrolled in the Wellness Web 2.0 program had improvements in linkage to HIV medical care and viral suppression.

Resources

Training Modules

Webinars

Conference Presentations

Atrium Health
Presenters:
Anna Jacobs, Mindy Sampson, Leigh Medaris, Jacob Schulte, Joseph Erato, Christopher Polk
2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
NMAC
Presenters:
Charles Shazor Jr., Cora Trelles Cartagena, Lauren Miller
2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Presenters:
Taylor Gleffe, Daniel Howell
2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
AIDS Activities Coordinating Office at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Presenters:
Evan Thornburg
2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
University of California, San Diego Mother Child Adolescent HIV Program
Presenters:
Patricia Lopez, Paola Nieto-Aguayo
2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

Technical Assistance

  • 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. Project period: 2022-2025.
  • SPNS project evaluating interventions that seek to improve the well-being of RWHAP clients 50 and older. Project period: 2022-2025.
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of bundled evidence–informed interventions for Black women with HIV. 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.

  • Initiative documenting best practice strategies and interventions that have been shown to improve HIV outcomes in a "real world" setting and can be replicated by other programs. Project period: 2021-2024.

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