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Thursday, November 29 • 8:00am - 9:30am
F-12 - Using Your RSR Data to Assess and Improve Released HIV-Positive Prisoners’ Linkage to Ryan White HIV

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Studies have shown that HIV-positive released offenders often do not link to comprehensive medical services in a timely manner post-release from prison. Working collaboratively with participating Ryan White grantees, the Link Into Care Study (LINCS) demonstrates a model of assessing rates and drivers of HIV-positive releasees’ linkage into Ryan White grantee care using Ryan White Client Level Data (CLD) reporting. This model involves confidential linking of corrections release data to Ryan White CLD using the encrypted Unique Client Identifier to assess time to linkage, and clinical status at the first visit post release. Based on interviews with Ryan White grantees, correctional systems, and other state, public sector, and community-based organizations, we will review the structural factors that influence HIV-positive releasees' linkage to medical care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to identify key policy and programmatic factors that may determine success or failure in linkage to care.
  • Participants will be able to develop strategies to use reporting data such as the Ryan White client-level data to support assessment of linkage to care and retention in care.
  • Engage participants in sharing challenges in assessing and improving linkage to care for persons with HIV leaving corrections.


Michael Costa

Associate, Abt Associates
Mr. Costa has 15 years of experience designing, managing, and executing health-related research, evaluation and implementation projects for a wide spectrum of Federal, State, and local clients. His experience includes national surveillance, as well as multi-site research, evaluation... Read More →

Brian Montague DO

Attending Physician, Miriam Hospital Immunology Center
Dr. Brian Montague is a general internist and certified HIV care provider who has been a key member of the quality management team at the Part B,C and D program at the Miriam Hospital. He has taught quality improvement principles and mentored residents and fellows in quality improvement... Read More →

Lisa Leroy

Senior Associate, Abt Associates
Lisa LeRoy is the Qualitative Methods Center Co-director at Abt Associates and the Qualitative Task Leader for the Link Into Care Study (LINCS). Dr. LeRoy directs formative research efforts, scale development and cognitive testing, pilot testing of instruments, administration of all... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am EST
Virginia A

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