According to data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), people living with HIV who are temporarily or unstably housed have lower rates of retention in care and viral suppression. A new $3.6 million, three-year investment of resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) is supporting five communities in the implementation, utilization, and evaluation of integrated housing and HIV care data systems to enhance patient navigation and service coordination and improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum.
The initiative, Addressing HIV Care and Housing Coordination Through Data Integration to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum, is being led by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH). HAB administers the RWHAP and OHH administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.
The goal of the initiative is to improve health outcomes for persons living with HIV by enhancing the ability of RWHAP recipients and HOPWA providers to integrate data systems in order to share client information and coordinate HIV care and housing services across multiple funding programs.
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