On Thursday, May 23, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) working with the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) will convene a webinar to discuss how HIV care navigation can improve health equity and decrease disparities by addressing barriers to care. The title of the webinar is Navigating HIV Care: Using Navigators, Linkage Specialists and Community Health Care Workers to Improve Health Outcomes. The webinar will take place from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT).
This event will offer an opportunity for participants to share and discuss best practices on steering HIV-positive patients/clients through stages of comprehensive care (e.g., health care, mental health, housing, and employment services) as a way of linking them to care and retaining them in treatment.
The session will also highlight the perspectives of federal agencies, HIV prevention justice advocates, and state-level coordinators working with community health workers and linkage specialists on the frontlines of the domestic epidemic.
Julie Davids, from HIV PJA and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago , will moderate the discussion. Presenters will include:
- Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, OHAIDP, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Timothy P. Harrison, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, OHAIDP, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Vignetta Charles, Ph.D., Senior Vice-President, AIDS United
- Lisa J. Krull, Program & Quality Manager – Ryan White Program , Tennessee
- David A. Kern, Manager, HIV and Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Section, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Infectious Disease
- David D. Heal, M.S.W., Retention in Care Coordinator, HIV and Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Section, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Infectious Disease