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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-18 - Building Bridges Between Prevention and Care

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In an effort to support the National HIV/AIDS strategy goals of promoting the health of PLWHA by maximizing resources from across funding streams, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) invested significant resource in the L.I.F.E. program, a Group Level Intervention for HIV-positive individuals proven to decrease transmission rates and increase healthy outcomes. The program is a CDC-funded intervention being implemented in a Ryan White-funded setting, maximizing opportunities to access HIV-positive individuals and reinforcing adherence to medication, linkage to care, healthier lifestyle choices, etc. The implementation of a prevention model by care providers is atypical, requiring new systems to support agencies; however outcomes indicate the model is successful in reinforcing prevention messages within the care setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of the LIFE program will be presented.
  • Current OHA LIFE implementation model will be reviewed.
  • Current LIFE capacity- building support systems will be reviewed.


Edward Debortoli

Coordinator of Contract Management, Prevention & Screening Unit, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, Office of HIV/AIDS
Edward DeBortoli is the Coordinator of Contract Management for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Infectious Disease, Office of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Screening Unit. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1985. Prior to... Read More →

Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST

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