CAI is piloting a regional training and technical assistance initiative for Ryan White-funded clinical services, including federally qualified health centers, county health departments, community hospitals and other medical centers. The capacity-building program will enable providers to integrate HIV patient navigation into HIV primary care, with particular focus on benefiting African Americans and Latinos living with HIV. The patient navigation services are intended to improve access to, and retention in, care, and to reduce rates of new infections. It is hoped that findings from the project will aid Ryan White clinics across the country in replicating this model.
With trainings available in both English, CAI is piloting the initiative in Newark, New Jersey; Camden, New Jersey; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the project, CAI will facilitate partnerships between harm reduction services and these three Ryan White areas with significant unmet need for HIV primary care, with the aim of identifying effective models to enroll and retain HIV-positive active substance users in care. CAI trains patient navigators in enhanced outreach, engagement, navigation and continue support, and CAI also works to build the capacity and competence of clinic staff to work with active substance users. CAI technical assistance will help clinics create conducive service environments for active substance users.