This session recognizes the need for the quality mental health services for people with HIV (PWH). Integrating behavioral health services into primary and specialty care can lead to better health outcomes for PWH. Practical integration and implementation of such activities requires intentional quality improvement (QI) activities.
Adequately addressing priority populations with tailored interventions and health promotion messages is key to ending the HIV epidemic. This session will explore innovative practices in building HIV self-management skills, transforming healthcare settings to encourage adherence to HIV medications, evidence-based daily medication reminders for young men of color in Chicago, and programs that support victims of domestic minor human trafficking.
Professionals working on HIV-related health interventions and initiatives are dedicated individuals with long-term connections to their work. This level of connection breeds an innovative, committed workforce with many of its members relating with beneficiaries due to common lived experiences. This session will explore how to harness the close connections health professionals have with their work in this field, demonstrating the need for peer-led programs, ethical considerations for practitioners providing services close to home, and initiatives aimed at increasing resiliency among the HIV workforce.