Connecting Corrections and HIV Care: Building a Care Coordination Program for Recently Incarcerated Persons Living with HIV in Virginia
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Incarcerated individuals are disproportionately affected by HIV and often experience risk factors associated with poor maintenance of HIV care upon release. Therefore, the transition period from incarceration to the community is a particularly critical time for persons living with HIV to ensure continuity of care and treatment. By building relationships with Department of Corrections staff and community partners, the Virginia Department of Health developed a program to link recently incarcerated persons living with HIV to care and treatment immediately upon release from correctional facilities across Virginia. Findings show that clients served by the program have better outcomes along the HIV continuum of care than the overall population living with HIV in Virginia. This paper describes the development, implementation and health outcomes of the Care Coordination program for recently incarcerated persons living with HIV in Virginia.
KeywordsHIV Care coordination Incarceration HIV continuum of care
The authors thank the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative for supporting the development and evaluation of the Care Coordination program through Systems Linkages and Access to Care for Populations at High Risk for HIV initiative (2011–2015). Additionally, the authors thank the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Resources and Linkages for Inmates (CHARLI) program for their partnership during this initiative.
This study was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Systems Linkages and Access to Care for Populations at High Risk for HIV Infection Grant from 2011 to 2016 (HRSA-11-098).
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The above listed authors declare no conflicts of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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