243773 Tracking Linkage to HIV Care for Former Prisoners: A Public Health Priority

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Brian Montague, DO MS MPH , Infectious Diseases, Brown University/Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
David Rosen, MD PhD , Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Liza Solomon, MHS, DrPH , Domestic Health Division, Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD
Traci Green, PhD , General Internal Medicine, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Michael Costa , Domestic Health, Abt Asscociates Inc., Cambridge, MA
Jacques Baillargeon, PhD , Division of Epidemiology and Outcomes / Correctional Managed Care, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
David A. Wohl, MD , Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
David P. Paar, MD , School of Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Josiah Rich, MD, MPH , Medicine and Community Health, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI
Issues: Improving testing and uptake to care amongst highly impacted populations is a critical element of Seek, Test, and Treat strategies for reducing HIV incidence in the community. HIV disproportionately impacts prisoners. Incarceration may provide an opportunity to initiate therapy, however, treatment is frequently disrupted after release. No scalable metrics exists to evaluate the adequacy of linkage to care on release. Description: Ryan White Care programs submit Client Level Data (CLD) to HRSA for reporting. We developed a model for assessing the adequacy of linkage to care based on linking corrections release data to reported CLD. Corrections and CLD datasets from RI, TX, NC, and Puerto Rico will be linked using the HRSA encrypted Unique Client Identifier (eUCI). Measures of time to first service and indicators of clinical status at first service will be generated. Measures will be compared across sites to identify high-performing and low-performing sites. Qualitative and quantitative analyses will identify correlates of linkage success. Validation of the eUCI as a means to link large datasets is being performed in RI and in TX. Results are anticipated in April of 2011. Lessons Learned: Ryan White CLD offers an unprecedented opportunity to assess the adequacy of linkage to care. The use of the eUCI permits the use of CLD while maintaining the confidentiality of protected health information. Recommendations: Once validated, these analyses could be applied nationwide using aggregated CLD from HRSA. Validated metrics for linkage adequacy should be considered as part of standard quality metrics for HIV care programs.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the importance of assessment of linkage to care for persons with HIV released from corrections as part of Seek, Test and Treat strategies for reducing HIV incidence 2. Describe a scalable metric for assessment of linkage to care based on Ryan White Client Level Data reporting

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Correctional Institutions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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