The HIV, Housing & Employment Project supports the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative interventions that coordinate HIV care and treatment, housing, and employment services to improve HIV health outcomes for low-income, uninsured, and underserved people living with HIV. This Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative is supported through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) and the SPNS Program.
The overall goal of this coordinated services intervention is to decrease the impact of the social determinants of health (such as unmet housing or employment needs) that affect long-term HIV health outcomes for PLWH impacted by employment and housing instability. The Project includes 12 demonstration sites that will implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative strategies for integrating HIV care, housing, and employment services into a coordinated intervention. Boston University’s Center for Innovation in Social Work in Health serves as the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider. To learn more about this initiative, visit the HAB website.
Spotlight: Bike Exchange
This project spotlight profiles the City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department (KCHD)’s novel intervention to provide clients living with HIV free bikes to travel to doctor’s appointments, medical case management appointments, employment, and to do normal activities of daily living. This project was an outgrowth of the KC Life 360 intervention, part of the larger housing and employment intervention.
Issue Brief: Integrating Navigators into Care Systems
This issue brief discusses the integration of navigators into care systems. It includes the definition of "Navigator," roles and responsibilities of navigators within and outside of clinics/agencies. Also included are the steps along the HIV care continuum that navigators help support, team protocols and navigator integration into care teams, and navigator supervision.
Issue Brief: Tight Housing Markets
This issue brief covers the topic of housing vulnerable populations in tight housing markets, including effective strategies and associated resources.