Current project: An assessment of a pilot peer navigation program linking HIV positive clients of harm reduction services with Ryan White clinical service providers.

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PROJECT: An assessment of a pilot peer navigation program linking HIV positive clients of harm reduction services with Ryan White clinical service providers.

 Cicatelli Associates Inc (CAI) recently piloted a peer navigation program aimed at linking HIV positive clients of harm reduction services with Ryan White service providers.  This pilot program was part of a Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) pilot program funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training and technical assistance to: 1) develop, implement and pilot projects establishing “partnerships” between Harm Reduction Services in three of the highest “unmet need” geographical areas in the United States and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinical Services and 2) demonstrate effective models for utilizing patient navigation to enroll, retain and re-engage active substance users in HIV treatment and care.  This pilot program is currently being assessed by CAI’s research and evaluation division to help the program identify areas of patient navigation that were effectively employed to navigate drug users into clinical care services.  We are using a mixed quantitative and qualitative methods protocol to evaluate this pilot program.  Results of this research endeavor will directly inform programmatic planning as well as the field of research which aims to improve healthcare accessibility for current drug users living with HIV/AIDS.