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133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Janni J. Kinsler, PhD, MPH1, William E. Cunningham, MD, MPH2, Cynthia Davis, MPH3, Vincent Heckard, BA4, Typhanye Penniman, MPH1, Maria Ueligitone3, Albert Washington3, and Mitchell Wong, MD, PhD4. (1) Department of General Internal Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 911 Broxton Plaza, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90095, (2) Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Sciences, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095, (3) Department of Family Medicine, King Drew Medical Center, 1621 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059, (310) 763-9746, email@example.com, (4) Med-GIM & Health Services Research, UCLA, 911 Broxton, 173617, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Issues: Many poor, minority, and underserved persons with HIV lack access to HIV care or encounter delays in accessing care. Previous studies show that there are disparities between minorities and whites in the proportion taking medication to combat HIV/AIDS. Studies also show high rates of unmet need for social and medical services, particularly among minorities with HIV. Project Description: The goal of this project is to build on an existing study (Phase I), an evaluation of access to care among person testing HIV positive by the Drew Mobile HIV Outreach Program (MoHOP). MoHOP provides HIV testing and outreach services to persons at risk for HIV infection. The focus of MoHOP is to identify previously undiagnosed HIV-infected individuals, and then get these individuals engaged into medical care. The current project (Phase II) involves the evaluation of an intervention designed to enrich the MoHOP program, by adding a dedicated case-manager to MoHOP. While the outreach workers were successful in providing HIV testing and counseling services to clients, they were not always successful in coordinating services with providers and following up with referrals. The case management intervention is designed to fulfill this need. Lessons learned: A principal limitation of the Phase I MoHOP program was the difficulty in adequately meeting the social needs of MoHOP clients and providing adequate follow-up to ensure engagement and retention in care. Recommendations: We hypothesize that the Phase II intervention will provide a more complete continuum of care including medical, mental health, and substance use treatment services.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be able to
Keywords: Underserved Populations, Case Management
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.
The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA