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Recap on CAPUS in Public Health Reports

Monday, March 25, 2019

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In today's news, we draw your attention to an HIV.gov blog from February on a special journal supplement on a recent multi-year federal effort to expand HIV testing and linkages to care for racial/ethnic minority populations. The initiative, well-known in HIV public health circles, is the Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project: Reducing HIV/AIDS-Related Morbidity and Mortality Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups. 

The Public Health Reports supplement of 11 articles are worth a scan as they review the work of the CAPUS cross-federal agency collaborative initiative that included CDC, HRSA, and SAMHSA, and OMH. Notably, the work of CAPUS is intermingled with an alphabet soup of acronyms from other similar efforts, like Partnerships for Care (see the toolkit for Health Centers) and ECHPP. 

See the HIV blog on CAPUS

Articles highlighting best practices on improving engagement in the HIV Care Continuum include the following:

  • Offering HIV testing in nontraditional settings like pharmacies and routine HIV testing as part of a primary care visit
  • Better use of data, from surveillance information to community feedback, to inform testing activities
  • Technical assistance and training by the AETCs and other entities to build the testing capacity of agencies
  • Improved care engagement efforts that, for example, coordinated with RWHAP service providers 
  • Addressing social determinants of health and training to build the ability of agencies to monitor and evaluate their work
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