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Tuesday, November 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
B-26 - Trilogy: Three Initiatives Working Together For Access to the HIV Continuum

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The Continuum of Engagement in Care is now a standard focus for testing and care programs. With multiple funding streams, it is easy to get bogged down in similar initiatives by different programs. The RUSH-Link (Routine Universal Screening for HIV and LINKage to Care) program is a successful marriage of three major initiatives in HIV/AIDS funding. The programs work together for common performance goals to increase successful outcomes and maximize resources. The session will outline the three initiatives that make up RUSH-Link: (1) CDC-funded Expanded Testing Initiative: opt-out testing +; (2) HRSA- funded Linkage to Care: ARTAS model for short-term intensive medical case management +; (3) AETC: training for providers. These sibling programs CAN work together and result in long-term success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how multiply funded initiatives work under one collaborative (RUSH-Link) to identify and engage HIV+ into care
  • Identify core components of opt-out testing, linkage to care, and provider education that can be replicated in any region.
  • Participants will receive materials such as clinic flow charts, provider training agendas, and sample policies to help implement elements of the program in their organization.


Alicia Downes

Peer Program Manager, Kansas City Free Health Clinic
Alicia Downes has been a Social Worker for 18 years, exclusively in HIV since 1999. She is the Peer Education Training Site Program Manager for the Missouri AIDS Alliance People to People Project, manages an HIV Peer Program at Kansas City Free Health Clinic and has completed numerous... Read More →

Sally Neville, R.N.

Director of HIV Primary Care, Kansas City Free Health Clinic

Amber Rossman

Manager of HIV Case Management Programs, Kansas City Free Health Clinic
Amber Rossman, LMSW has worked within Ryan White Medical Case Management programs since 1996. She is currently the program manager for multiple programs including Ryan White Part D funded The Family Project (which includes Youth and Family HIV care and support), Linkage to Care (an... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Thomas Paine

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