Project Overview

CAI joined by principal partner University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Medicine and other strategic partners, is the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau’s Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) awards (HRSA-20-078). HRSA funded 47 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B jurisdictions to play a major role in this historic opportunity to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 75% over the next five years

Purpose

CAI’s TAP - Innovation Network (TAP-IN) will support the 47 jurisdictions to strengthen their EHE work plans, promote cross-jurisdictional learning, and ensure jurisdictions have access to the resources they need.

Approach

CAI will lead the coordination of customized TA through a regional and jurisdiction-specific structure. To ensure the responsiveness of our TA activities and make certain that jurisdictions have the resources needed to take their response to the HIV epidemic to the next level, the TAP-IN partnership includes cross-sectoral experts and organizations who have fostered innovation across the HIV care continuum and other areas of public health. CAI’s partners include the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, the Southern AIDS Coalition, Housing Works, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Black AIDS Institute, the National Council of STD Directors, Mid-Atlantic AETC, University of Mississippi - Center for Telemedicine, Amida Care, Mission Analytics, WRMA and a pool of expert TA providers. TAP-IN, in close consultation with HRSA, will select 12 jurisdictions for high-intensity TA in the first year of the project.

Activities

Provide capacity building and technical assistance so that the jurisdictions have effective systems in place to identify people newly diagnosed with HIV and engage people with HIV who are not in care and/or not virally suppressed, with a specific focus on these activities:

  • Provide tools and manuals to aid in implementation of new strategies to bend the curve of new infections
  • Strengthen the capacity of all jurisdictions to collect, report, and use data to examine progress in implementation of EHE and impact on key outcomes
  • Provide opportunities for leadership development to ensure success of implementation 
  • Assist jurisdictions to respond to the effects of COVID-19 by adopting as public health strategies various modes of working remotely, such as telehealth
  • Collaborate with the EHE Systems Coordination Provider (NASTAD) to synergize efforts and resources across siloed systems and promote access to resources to respond quickly to HIV outbreaks