People living with HIV oftentimes have difficulty obtaining comprehensive care. This session depicts how collaborations among agencies can decrease the fragmentation of community services made accessible to HIV positive patients. These synergistic partnerships can help reduce the number of patients undiagnosed, decrease the number of patients who are diagnosed late, and ensure strong linkage to care. The integration of partnerships acts as a great avenue for keeping HIV positive patients retained in care by making a wide range of services easily available to patients at all stages of the continuum of care.
Effective data collection is of utmost importance in the advancement of all public health programs. This session details leading-edge practices in the realm of data collection. This session largely focuses on the importance of incorporating data collection metrics that aid in determining client satisfaction, specifically noting the importance of the use of focus groups and client satisfaction surveys when doing so. Also emphasized within this session, is the importance of creating multidisciplinary teams to develop, implement, and evaluate outcome measures focused on quality management. Overall, this session looks to propose innovative data collection methodologies for program enhancement.
Many Americans are not aware of PrEP or how effective antiretroviral medications are at improving the health of people living with HIV. This session details how strategically targeted and placed media can not only increase knowledge of HIV testing, PrEP, and treatment as prevention but also can connect people living with HIV to local HIV services. These efforts can ultimately decrease the stigma attached to receiving HIV treatment.