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Tuesday, November 27 • 10:15am - 11:45am
A-15 - It Takes One to Help One: The Role of Peer Navigation in Early Intervention Services

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A navigator is a peer, uniquely qualified to provide a voice of experience and to serve as a model of healthy behavior and as a liaison between the client, his or her care providers, and the other support services. Through a shared background with the client, common culture and language, peers can most effectively relate to clients in ways that health care providers may not. Because of this shared background, the navigator can provide the client access to HIV and AIDS services that is critical to the medical, mental, and spiritual health and the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS. The navigator can also provide the client with emotional and social support in order to prevent the challenges and realities of care from overwhelming them and allows them to be linked and retained in care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to integrate Peer Navigators as conduits for linking PLWHA to primary care, prevention, and support services.
  • Participants will learn how to utilize Peer Navigators to resolve core problems rather than merely treat crises situations.
  • Participants will learn how to enlist Peer Navigators to empower consumers to tackle their own issues, thereby helping them develop personal skills and a sense of efficacy.


Stephen Bailous

Executive Vice President, National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
In August of 2006, Bailous joined the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). Across the nation, Bailous provides training and leadership development services for consumers and is responsible for planning and organizing Community Mobilization projects including an annual... Read More →

Rodney McCoy

Program Manager, National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
Rodney McCoy has spent more than 25 years professionally in HIV Prevention. Mr. McCoy is currently is a Program Manager with the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). As Program Manager, he oversees the work of the Bayard Rustin Project (a community mobilization project... Read More →

Frank Oldham

President and CEO, National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
Mr. Oldham has nearly two decades of service and a personal commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. He currently leads a dynamic movement of people living with HIV/AIDS as President and CEO of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US). Mr. Oldham’s stature and relationships... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:15am - 11:45am EST
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