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Thursday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:30am
G-15 - Linkage to HIV Primary Care: Guidance in Coordinating the Pieces (CE)

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Linking patients from screening to HIV Primary Care involves coordination of various disciplines and/or agencies. This presentation will focus on the creating a structure related to HIV testing, linkage, retention and partners services within a large public infectious disease clinic. Inter-departmental challenges such as separate funding streams, organizational resistance, data monitoring and inadequate funding will be discussed. Strategies, methods, models, examples A multidisciplinary team which understands the inter-related interventions is key for the implementation of testing, linkage and partner services. Having clear roles, expectations and a vision of how prevention and care are linked is necessary. An assessment of current testing, linkage activities and outreach is conducted. A system to include policies and procedures, data elements and organizational outcomes are developed. This process facilitates coordination of services; all of which aim at improving health outcomes

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the coordination steps to testing-linking-engaging-notifying services
  • To illustrate the coordination of field activities such as outreach and partner services.
  • To describe the implementation of peer patient navigator interventions into prevention and care services


Marisol Gonzalez,R.N.

Principal Investigator, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Marisol Gonzalez is from the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Chicago, Illinois, where she is the Principal Investigator for the SPNS Women of Color Initiative and is the Director of Prevention & Education. She has been in the HIV/AIDS field 17 years in the capacity of clinical care... Read More →


Allison Precht

Program Manager, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Allison M. Precht is the Program Manager for the SPNS Women of Color Initiative at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Chicago, IL. She has worked in the infectious disease field for 12 years in the capacity of research, prevention, and education and program development. She has... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EST
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