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Tuesday, November 27 • 10:15am - 11:45am
A-23 - The Use of Peers in Access and Retention Programs Focused on HIV-Positive Women of Color

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In September 2009, the Special Projects of National Significance of HRSA’s HIV-AIDS Bureau funded 11 programs to engage and retain women of color living with HIV in care. The majority of the interventions involve peers who bolster agency access and retention efforts through activities including: outreach, barrier assessment and linkages, education, and support. Challenges and successes in developing and implementing peers' roles will be shared, including those relating to position development, nature of compensation, recruitment, training, role acquisition, retention, and ongoing support. Data informing the lessons shared come from an ongoing qualitative process evaluation involving local and multisite collaboration. Lessons can help inform the ongoing and future development of a variety of peer roles. In addition, strategies for evaluating peer components will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Lessons learned will be shared, from an ongoing qualitative process analysis.
  • Challenges and successes of utilizing peers in access and retention programs will be shared.
  • Strategies for peer component evaluation will be shared.


Arthur E. Blank,Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Blank is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also the Co-Director of the Division of Research and the Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Health Programs. Dr. Blank is the PI for the ETAC... Read More →


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 →

Rachael Peters

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Rachael Morgan Peters coordinates the Peer Outreach Worker Engagement and Retention (POWER) Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center's HEAT Program. She holds degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University.

Tina Henderson, Ph.D.

Project Director, JWCH Institute, Inc.
Tina Henderson, PhD, is the Project Director for the Los Angeles HRSA SPNS demonstration grantee site at JWCH Institute for the HIV and Women of Color initiative. The program is an integration of social and medical services for the homeless population living on LA’s Skid Row.

Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:15am - 11:45am EST

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