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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-32 - Minority AIDS Initiative Retention and Re-Engagement in HIV Care Project

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One goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to re-engage and retain people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) into care. Racial and ethnic minorities with mental health, substance abuse, or housing needs are at particularly high risk of non-engagement in HIV care. The SPNS Minority AIDS Initiative is a 2-year study examining the use of peers to re-engage and retain such high-risk PLWHA into medical and social services. Three demonstration clinical sites in Brooklyn, NY, Miami, FL, and San Juan, PR, are implementing programs in which peers are employed as part of the health care team. Peers are trained to find and outreach to out of care PLWHA, ensure newly diagnosed individuals are engaged in care, conduct educational sessions, provide emotional support, help prepare for and accompany patients to appointments, and debrief after visits. Sites will present their peer program activities, challenges, and successes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the peer intervention and evaluation design to re-engage and retain people of color living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Describe the role of a peer within a health care team.
  • Describe methods to identify patients who have fallen out of care.


Janet Goldberg

Executive Director, PATH Center, Brooklyn Hospital

Carmen Rivera

Study Coordinator, PR CoNCRA
Carmen Rivera is currently the study coordinator for Proyecto Acercate at PR CoNCRA, an HIV clinic in San Juan Puerto Rico. Proyecto Acercate is a study of the effectiveness of peer interventions in linking newly diagnosed patients, re-engaging out of care people living with HIV and... Read More →

Mariana Sarango

Project Manager, Health and Disability Working Group, Boston University School of Public Health

Patty Valdez

Intervention and Evaluation Coordinator, Care Resource

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

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