MAC AIDS visit with the LINCS Navigation TeamNovember 17, 2015
Lots of news from the PreP Committee!November 17, 2015
The Retention & Re-engagement Committee met last week. Below is a copy of the agenda, and below that, notes from the meeting.
The Retention & Re-engagement (R&R) committee held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. To focus the work of the R&R committee on the challenges ahead of us, three subcommittees were created to maximize utilization of existing federal, state, and local systems and expanding service offerings where necessary.
The current subcommittee structure consists of:
- Core Medical and Support Services
Chair: Kate Franza, MSW, CADC-II/A&PI Wellness
HIV care navigation services in San Francisco continue to expand thanks to the increase in LINCS Navigation services under the R&R committee’s MAC AIDS grant and new navigation offerings across the city at institutions such as St. James Infirmary, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, UCSF 360 Positive Care Clinic, and others. As patients are navigated back into medical care, the larger SF HIV Systems of Care must be ready to respond to the psychosocial needs these often-complex clients present in order to maintain them in care. With this in mind, year 2 activities of the Core Medical and Support Services subcommittee focus on the expansion of existing HHS community partner offerings around acute and chronic need case management, behavioral health care and substance use services, housing stabilization, and nutrition.
- Coordination, Communications, and Capacity Building
Chair: Andrew “Andy” Scheer, LCSW/SFDPH, SF City Clinic
Year #2 activities of the Coordination, Communications, and Capacity Building (CCCB) subcommittee will be focused on maximizing utilization of the existing resources available throughout the SF HIV Systems of Care and via State-level programs such as OA-HIPP and ADAP, with energies focused on:
- Increasing coordination across the system;
- Communications to clients with low rates of viral suppression and retention in care and to providers who play key roles in preventing benefits interruptions and support access existing benefits structures; and
- Continued capacity building through SF HIV front-line workers’ efforts.
These initiatives complement the Core Medical and Support Services subcommittee’s efforts to expand service offerings in an effort to ensure maximum impact of these investments.
Chair: Darpun Sachdev, MD/SFDPH LINCS Navigation
Initiatives of the Data-to-Care subcommittee are currently being implemented under the federal 15-1506 grant funding recently awarded to SFDPH. This subcommittee will provide guidance and education to the larger Retention & Re-engagement committee on the utilization of data to support current initiatives and those under development. This subcommittee does not have any budget requests for year 2 GTZ activities.