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CyberSPNS Bulletin: What's Going on @ SPNS

This quarterly publication contains the latest news from SPNS initiatives and findings.


 

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Hepatitis C in HIV/AIDS Pocketcard

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This convenient pocket-sized guide is intended to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and management of chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection in HIV co-infected patients. It summarizes guidelines for the detection of HCV infection, evaluation of patients for treatment of chronic HCV infection, contra-indications to HCV treatment, and recommendations for HCV treatment in HIV co-infected patients, including monitoring for response to and management of HCV treatment complications. Unless otherwise noted, tables and information in this card are adapted from Sulkowski MS, Cheever LW, and Spach DH. A Guide for Evaluation and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Adults Coinfected with HIV. January 14, 2011 


 

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Integrating Buprenorphine Therapy Into HIV Primary Care Settings

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Assists Ryan White grantees in designing or refining the delivery of public health services to include the integration of buprenorphine-HIV treatment services/programs. The projects highlighted in this monograph were found to be highly effective - as determined by HRSA and SPNS Program staff - and offer the greatest likelihood for replication. The chapters outline the processes programs need to put in place, including meeting DATA 2000 regulatory requirements, achieving institutional buy-in, implementing staff training requirements, and evaluating processes and outcomes. 


 

Getting Started with OPTIONS

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The Options intervention was designed to help People Living with HIV/AIDS engage in safer sexual and drug use behavior and maintain such behaviors over time in order to maximize their own health and the health of their partners. The intervention builds on the supportive relationship and trust that typically develops between healthcare providers and their HIV+ patients, and it provides a framework that providers can use to initiate and maintain brief discussions about HIV risk reduction (e.g., condom use, clean needle use) with their patients on an ongoing basis. 


 

Costs and Factors Associated with Turnover among Peer and Outreach Workers within the Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men SPNS Initiative

Costs and Factors Associated with Turnover among Peer and Outreach Workers
within the Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men SPNS Initiative
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This exploratory analysis aims to understand the costs and correlates of turnover among peer/outreach workers employed by grantees within the SPNS Outreach, Care, and Prevention to Engage HIV Seropositive Young MSM of Color Initiative. This initiative was composed of eight grantees using innovative strategies to engage and retain HIV-positive young MSM of color into care. This analysis uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. The costs and correlates of turnover are investigated through examining survey data (from a turnover tool designed for this analysis), interview data, budget data, and grantee enrollment data.


 

Cost Analysis of the Caribbean Peer Promoter Initiative: The Impact of Budget Allocation Strategies on Program Participation and Retention

Cost Analysis of the Caribbean Peer Promoter Initiative: The Impact of Budget Allocation Strategies on Program Participation and Retention
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This report aims to improve the understanding of program operations and funding strategies used by grantees with positive program outcomes. This analysis compares the funds that grantees dedicated to different areas of their programs, including certain personnel and program activities, using two measures: the number of program participants and the percent of clients retained in the multi-site study. This report concludes with several funding recommendations for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees to consider.


 

The Costs and Effects of Outreach Strategies that Engage and Retain People with HIV/AIDS in Primary Care

The Costs and Effects of Outreach Strategies that Engage and Retain People with HIV/AIDS in Primary Care
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This report evaluates the costs and effects of a program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS) called Targeted HIV Outreach and Intervention Model Development and Evaluation for Underserved HIV-Positive Populations Not in Care (the Outreach Initiative). The goal of the Outreach Initiative was to encourage individuals with HIV/AIDS to connect with and stay engaged in HIV/AIDS medical care.


 

The Costs and Effects of Outreach Strategies that Engage and Retain People with HIV/AIDS in Primary Care

The Use of Peers in Special Projects of National Significance Initiatives, 1993 - 2009
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This report serves as a compilation of SPNS grantee experiences with peer models. These included the Adolescent (1993-1998), the U.S.-Mexico Border Health (2000-2005), Outreach (2001- 2006), Prevention with Positives (2003-2007), and Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men (2005-2009) Initiatives. By examining the diverse ways grantees used peer workers in these initiatives, it is possible to identify how peer models can best be employed in the settings described.


 

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This monograph presents lessons learned by five Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Border Health Initiative demonstration projects. It explains that these projects were designed to develop models of community-based health care networks that reduce barriers to early identification of HIV disease and ensure entry into high-quality primary health care programs on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border. The monograph features census, epidemiological, and implementation information for each of the SPNS demonstration project sites and evaluation centers. It includes tables, figures, appendices, and references.

 

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Opening Doors: Corrections Demonstration Project for People Living with HIV/AIDS
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This report describes the intent, development, and implementation of the HRSA-CDC Corrections Demonstration Project for People Living with HIV/AIDS initiative. It presents the impact of the lessons learned at each of the 11 participating State Projects. The report includes tables, references, and an appendix of outcome statistics.


 

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SPNS Information Technology Initiative
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This report examines the effects of using information technology (IT) in delivering primary care services to people living with HIV. It describes how IT assists in health care delivery by using electronic medical records, individual patient databases, and interactive health communication via the Web. The report includes tables that describe HRSA Grantees’ IT interventions in health care delivery and an evaluation of these interventions. It also includes references.


 

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Outreach: Engaging People in Care
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Report offers a summary of the findings of a 2005 HRSA/HAB consultation meeting on linking people with HIV/AIDS into care through outreach. The report includes discussions of the definitions of in/out of care; reasons people are not in care; outreach programs; observations; and recommendations.


 

Enhancing Linkages to HIV Primary Care in Jail Settings

Enhancing Linkages to HIV Primary Care in Jail Settings
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This report presents findings from the Consultancy Meeting held by HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau/Special Programs of National Significance Evaluation and Support Center, for an initiative on enhancing linkages to HIV primary care in jail settings. The report addresses HIV in jails; rapid HIV testing technology; data elements and data security; and how ethically to meet the needs of a diverse jail population. The report includes figures, references, and appendices.


 

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Innovations Along the U.S.-Mexico Border: Models that Advance HIV Care
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This CD-ROM introduces three of the five models of HIV outreach and care launched along the U.S.-Mexico Border by the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau, through the Special Projects of National Significance. It describes the Valley AIDS Council project in Texas; the Camino de Vida project in Las Cruces, NM; and an outreach project in San Ysidro, CA. The CD-ROM includes representatives from each project discussing how they provide care for and increase awareness of HIV/AIDS to the high-risk population living and working along the southern U.S. border.


 

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Report on New 1999-2000 Initiatives
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This report communicates to Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Grantees the current state of SPNS initiatives and their multi-site evaluations. The goal of SPNS is to advance knowledge and skills in the delivery of health and social services to people with HIV who are disadvantaged financially and medically underserved. This report includes tables and charts.


 

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Advancing HIV/AIDS Care Along the US/Mexico Border: A Report on the Border Health Initiative
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This report, one in a series of Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Grantee updates, describes the urgent need for and access to quality health care along the U.S./Mexico Border. It discusses the Ryan White CARE Act SPNS Border Health initiatives established to eliminate health disparities for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The report includes charts that illustrate surveys conducted on the illness. This report includes tables.


 

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HIV/AIDS in Rural Areas: Lessons for Successful Service Delivery
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This booklet examines projects funded to develop models that offer improved quality and access to HIV care in rural areas. The projects were funded by HRSA's Special Projects of National Significance program, a component of the Ryan White CARE Act. It discusses the goal to enter rural environments to determine whether a project's impact has continued since the grant period expired and how each activity has influenced care outside the confines of a single community. This booklet includes tables.

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