Technical Assistance Provider–innovation network (TAP-in)

Summary: This project provides tailored technical assistance and resources to help key governmental agencies and service providers in 47 jurisdictions in the U.S. reduce new HIV infections.

Opportunity: The federal government aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 75 percent in 2025 and by 90 percent in 2030 by directing new funds to areas of the country with the highest HIV rates, as part of its initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. To make this ambitious vision a reality, state and local organizations and leaders working to identify, prevent, and treat new cases of HIV need training, support, resources, and information about innovative new approaches and best practices.

Initiative: The Technical Assistance Provider–innovation network (TAP-in) provides an array of support to health care providers, government leaders, community-based organizations, and others in 47 jurisdictions in the U.S. that are funded by the federal government’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. We help jurisdictions strengthen their Ending the HIV Epidemic plans, and we help them increase their capacity to implement the plans. Our work through the TAP-in project is tailored to meet each jurisdiction’s specific needs. We bring in experts, partner organizations, technology, and resources, and we provide capacity building so that jurisdictions and their partner agencies have effective systems in place to identify people newly diagnosed with HIV and engage those who are not in care or not virally suppressed. We deploy jurisdiction-specific coaches to provide intensive, focused technical assistance; we host webinars and learning collaboratives to improve knowledge of innovative HIV strategies; we convene learning collaboratives to accelerate implementation of strategies; and we promote the use of real-time data to inform the development of new resources and strategies. The TAP-in project also promotes leadership development to ensure successful implementation.

Impact: TAP-in fulfills dozens of requests for assistance on topics including rapid antiretroviral therapy, housing, community engagement, linkage to care, data sharing, and more. A survey of recipients of our technical assistance showed that 85 percent plan to use what they learned in their work. More than 1,700 people from all 47 jurisdictions have attended our webinars, and over 90 percent say the webinars increased their knowledge of the topic. One participant shared, “Just hearing about collaborations that have worked and how they went about it gives me hope that we can actually do it.”

Project funder and key partners: Funder: The Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau, Ending the HIV Epidemic branch

Partners: The University of California at Los Angeles Department of Family Medicine is our principal partner. Other key partners include the Southern AIDS Coalition, Housing Works, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Black AIDS Institute, the National Coalition of STD Directors, Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center—Telehealth Center of Excellence, Amida Care, Mission Analytics, WRMA, and a pool of expert technical assistance specialists.

Project contact:
Sharon R. Novey, M.S.P.H., Project Director: tap-in.contact@caiglobal.org.

TAP-in Resources

Webinar recordings

TAP-in (Technical Assistance Provider-innovation Network) collaborates with the EHE Systems Coordination Provider (NASTAD) to hold monthly webinars on topics related to our work. They are generally archived and available online within one to two weeks.

Register to attend upcoming webinars and view archived recordings at the Target HIV website.

Rapid ART playbook

This publication outlines what HIV care providers need to do to strengthen or develop a rapid ART program that will provide antiretroviral therapy to patients quickly—ideally on the same day they receive their HIV diagnosis. It provides concrete information about steps to take, protocols to modify and use, and other actions necessary to put an effective program in place. Download Rapid Art: An Essential Strategy for Ending the HIV Epidemic (1.81 MB PDF).

TAP-in fact sheet

A one-page description of the background, purpose, and approach of the TAP-in project. Download the fact sheet (400 KB PDF).