Under the Consumer Provider Partnership for Care, CAI is offering tailored onsite technical assistance to Ryan White Grantees to enhance and/or implement the Consumer Provider Partnership for Care in two areas- Transitioning HIV+Youth from Adolescent to Adult Services Program and Recruitment and Retention of HIV+ Women into Services.
Under the Ryan White Consumer-Provider Partnership for Care Program, CAI provides specialized training and technical assistance to help health care providers develop strong partnerships with HIV-positive women. The initiative aims to address the challenges many agencies face in reaching vulnerable HIV-positive women most in need of services. Through education and capacity building, the initiative enables clinics to leverage the perspectives, insights and contacts of their clients to identify other women in need of services. Specifically, the project mobilizes consumers function as role models to other HIV-positive women, and as liaisons between clinical care staff and women in need of services. Peer support will better support women in self-care. In addition to promoting improved recruitment and retention of HIV-positive clients, the project contributes to the provision of comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent family-centered HIV care that includes the active involvement of consumers in their own care.
The Transitioning HIV+ Youth from Adolescent to Adult Services Program is part of the national Consumer-Provider Partnership Project being conducted by CAI Transitioning HIV+ Youth will help agencies implement effective and innovative strategies for building up HIV+ young adult consumers to serve as mentors who can help other HIV+ youth successfully transition to adult health care. These consumer-provider partnerships will help manage this transition, and contribute to the provision of comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent HIV care.
CAI trainings and follow-up support uses evidence-based techniques and public health strategies, including social network strategy, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and adherence support strategies. In addition to reaching clinic staff directly with trainings and technical support, the project allows for broad dissemination of effective techniques through Ryan White Part D agencies.