The CommWell Health SPNS Team (Special Projects of National Significance) was featured on The White House Blog on how they are applying the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to their work with their clients and partnerships in the community.
Building Medical Homes for Multiply-diagnosed, HIV-positive Homeless People Living in Rural North Carolina:
A health center in rural Dunn, North Carolina, is working to improve HIV outcomes for clients who are homeless or unstably housed and have mental health and/or substance use disorders. Lisa McKeithan of CommWell Health has observed that both navigators and partnerships are key to meeting the needs of these especially vulnerable clients. The center’s efforts are focused on improving access to care and rates of viral suppression among these clients who are in need of multiple services to successfully navigate the HIV care continuum. Through partnerships with a diverse network of more than 30 community providers and organizations, the health center connects clients with services such as housing or substance abuse treatment. CommWell Health’s navigators offer intensive services such as providing transportation for clients to mental health appointments, meeting with landlords, and helping clients obtain Social Security cards. Their efforts demonstrate what can be accomplished when communities pursue a more coordinated response to HIV, as recommended in Goal 4 of the Strategy. CommWell Health’s work is supported by a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. That SPNS initiative is a multi-site demonstration and evaluation of HIV service delivery interventions for homeless people living with HIV.
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