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Tuesday, November 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
B-08 - Yes, SIRR – Creatively Collaborating to Serve the Incarcerated and Recently Released

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More HIV-positive offenders are released into Harris County than any other area in Texas, and more than 1,000 local jail inmates are HIV-positive. While incarcerated, PLWHA receive HIV care, but there is a lack of continuity of care post-release. The Serving the Incarcerated and Recently Released (SIRR) Partnership was formed in 2009 to fortify the Houston system of HIV care at reentry. Its work includes the region’s first conference on engagement strategies, the allocation of EIS funds for reentry linkage to care, and training for parole and probation. SIRR is now evaluating its impact on the continuum of care overall. This workshop will describe the process and outcomes of a community-based IRR coalition as well as “lessons learned” for an effective reentry system of HIV care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific barriers and attitudes that make serving this population challenging.
  • Learn creative ways of collaborating with community partners and correctional institutions to improve health outcomes and linkage to care upon release.
  • Learn how to analyze and evaluate your collaboration to improve its outcomes.


Jennifer Hadayia

Health Planner, Houston Area Ryan White Planning Council/Office of Support
Jennifer M. Hadayia, MPA is the Health Planner for the Houston EMA. Prior to this position, she oversaw the HIV prevention/surveillance and chronic disease prevention programs for the local health jurisdiction in Washoe County, Nevada. She was also a registered lobbyist to the Nevada... Read More →

Anna Henry

Planner, The Resource Group
Anna Henry graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Sociology in 2002. After graduating, Anna worked as a Parent Educator and Volunteer Coordinator in a child abuse prevention program facilitating support groups for teen moms ages 13-19. Anna then worked as the Case... Read More →

Janina Vasquez

Care Services Group Manager, Texas Department of State Health Services
Mrs. Vazquez was recently promoted to Care Services Group Manager and oversees HIV funding that is awarded to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) including Ryan Part B and Texas HIV Services funds. She previously was the Reentry Coordinator with the Texas HIV Medication... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
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