CAI piloted 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 enabled 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 were 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 piloted the initiative in Newark, New Jersey; Camden, New Jersey; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of the project, CAI facilitated 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 trained patient navigators in enhanced outreach, engagement, navigation and continue support, and CAI also worked to build the capacity and competence of clinic staff to work with active substance users. CAI technical assistance helped clinics create conducive service environments for active substance users.