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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-09 - Model Interventions for Statewide Improvement of Linkage to and Retention in Care (CE)

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The SPNS Systems Linkages and Access to Care Initiative supports the development of systems-level changes to improve linkage to and retention in high quality HIV care. This seven-state Initiative has begun with an initial two-year phase to test potential interventions on a smaller scale through the learning collaborative model, and will be followed by a subsequent two-year phase to evaluate the wider-scale implementation of the most promising interventions. In this workshop, we will explore the range of interventions that are being tested through the learning collaboratives in three of the states (Louisiana, North Carolina, and Wisconsin). Presentations will describe the successes and challenges encountered when implementing the interventions, and identify the critical steps for ensuring successful rollout of similar interventions in other states.

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe promising systems-level interventions for improving linkage to and retention in high quality HIV care.
  • To characterize the challenges and successes in implementing systems-level interventions in three states.
  • To identify the steps that other states and localities can take to ensure successful implementation of interventions to enhance linkage to and retention in HIV care.


Wayne Steward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Wayne Steward is an Assistant Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He received a PhD in psychology from Yale University in 2002 and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in... Read More →


DeAnn Gruber,Ph.D.

Interim Director of HIV/AIDS Program, Louisiana Office of Public Health HIV/AIDS Program
DeAnn Gruber, PhD, LCSW is the Administrative Director of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, STD/HIV Program. Dr. Gruber's experience includes more than 20 years in the HIV/AIDS field and her areas of expertise include program management/administration, planning and evaluation... Read More →

Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan,M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan is the Medical Director for the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a MD degree from Duke University in 1985 and completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at UNC-CH in 1993. She has worked in Ryan White... Read More →

Casey Schumann

Epidemiologist and Quality Assurance Coordinator, Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program and Part B Program
Casey Schumann is an Epidemiologist for the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program and is the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Wisconsin Part B program. She received a BS in Microbiology and Genetics and an MS in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 and 2006... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
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