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Wednesday, November 28 • 10:00am - 11:30am
D-21 - EnhanceLink Initiative to Link HIV-Positive Jail Releases to Community Care —A Legacy of Lessons Learned

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EnhanceLink was a national, 5-year, 10-site SPNS demonstration SPNS project that developed innovative models for identifying HIV-positive persons passing through jails and linking them to community care. Partnering jails made 822 new HIV diagnoses; linkage services were delivered to 8,056 individuals. Among 1,082 releasees with client-level data, 25.7 percent had suppressed virus 6 months post-release. We will review how working with jails helps communities meet goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Next, the audience will take a poll and use knowledge gained from personal experience with their communities to predict what factors were associated with linkage in EnhanceLink. While poll results are being tallied, we will showcase one project that used court advocacy to help relink previously diagnosed clients to care. Next, we will review project-wide data regarding what services significantly promoted linkage. We will close by comparing the audience predictions and the actual EnhanceLink results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the role of jail linkage programs in promoting seamless care for HIV infected persons in the community.
  • Develop an understanding of intervention models that AIDS Service Organizations, Health Departments and Community HIV Clinics can use to engage and retain HIV infected persons cycling through the criminal justice system in community care.
  • Identify best practices in promoting linkage for incarcerated HIV-positive individuals leaving jails and rank what were most important factors.


Alison Jordan

Executive Director, NYC DOHMH
Alison O. Jordan, CPPB, LCSW, is the Executive Director for Transitional Health Care Coordination in the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement. In this role, she oversees the program’s activities in coordinating medical discharge planning and providing services and linkages... Read More →

Anne Spaulding

Emory University

Wednesday November 28, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EST
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