NASTAD was funded to lead a collaborative partnership with Northwestern University’s Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Northwestern) and Howard Brown Health Center (Howard Brown) to identify, catalog, disseminate, and support the replication of evidence--informed approaches and interventions to engage people with HIV who are not receiving HIV care or who are at risk of not continuing to receive HIV care. The initiative represents an important opportunity to identify and disseminate interventions that will help re-engage and retain people with HIV in care, a key factor in efforts to end the HIV epidemic, informed by the knowledge and expertise of the leading subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners in HIV care delivery at the individual, clinic, community, and system levels in the United States.
NASTAD/Northwestern/Howard Brown will focus on interventions that:
- Use acuity scale tools to determine if people with HIV are likely to engage/re‐engage in healthcare and level of services needed
- Employ clinical care team approaches that support linkage, re‐engagement and retention in care and HIV treatment services
- Involve data utilization interventions (e.g., data to care) which identify and actively intervene with people with HIV who are out of care
- Use innovative service delivery models/set of services that are responsive to the needs of people with HIV who need to be engaged/re-engaged or retained in HIV healthcare
The project will identify evidence-informed interventions, determine their effectiveness, and support their translation into real world implementation by Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) and HIV care providers.