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Thursday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:30am
G-32 - Using the Collaborative Model to Forge a Statewide Consensus on Linkage and Retention Interventions

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The SPNS Systems Linkages and Access to Care Initiative supports seven States in the development and evaluation of new interventions and systems to improve linkage to and retention in high-quality HIV care. In its initial 2 years, States are employing the learning collaborative model to identify promising interventions that will be implemented on a wider scale in the Initiative’s latter 2 years. In this workshop, we feature the experiences and lessons learned from three grantees: New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We will explore how the learning collaborative model is being successfully used to forge systems-level improvements and statewide consensus around linkage and retention interventions that respond to the unique needs of HIV-positive patients in those states.

Learning Objectives:

  • The value of the learning collaborative model in developing systems-level interventions around linkage to and retention in high-quality HIV care will be discussed.
  • Points of consensus that have emerged through learning collaborative activities in three States will be discussed.
  • Key steps that other States can follow to ensure successful use of the learning collaborative model to forge a Statewide consensus around linkage and retention interventions will be identified.


Wayne Steward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Wayne Steward is an Assistant Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He received a PhD in psychology from Yale University in 2002 and an MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley in... Read More →


Kathryn Gilmore

Program Development Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health
Kate M. Gilmore currently serves as the Program Development Coordinator for the HIV Care Services Unit at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Prior to joining VDH, she worked in international HIV/AIDS where she focused on health systems strengthening efforts in southern and eastern... Read More →

Benjamin Muthambi

HIV Epidemiologist, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Dr. Benjamin Muthambi has been an HIV Epidemiologist with responsibilities which include directing surveillance, epidemiology support for prevention and care program planning, system-level intervention development, service monitoring and evaluation of health outcomes, and applied... Read More →

Steven Sawicki

Program Manager, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health
Steven Sawicki is the SPNS lead for New York State, working out of the Office of the Medical Director of the AIDS Institute. He received a Masters in Human Service Administration from Antioch University New England in 1990. His previous experiences have been in community health care... Read More →

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

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