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Navigating HIV Care: Using Navigators, Linkage Specialists & Community Health Care Workers to Improve Health Outcomes Webinar

hands holding red ribbonsOn Thursday, May 23, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) working with the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance Exit Disclaimer (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 Exit Disclaimer, 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 Exit Disclaimer
  • Lisa J. Krull, Program & Quality Manager – Ryan White Program Exit Disclaimer, Tennessee
  • David A. Kern, Manager, HIV and Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Section, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Infectious Disease Exit Disclaimer
  • 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 Exit Disclaimer

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7283759108419574784 Exit Disclaimer.

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  1. Russia and the Ukraine are witnessing an increase in HIV AIDS cases like no other nations in the world. Indeed even greater than Africa and the USA. The big problem is that governments do not address the main ‘source’ of this infection in the first place. What they should be doing is to stop the next generation of HIV AIDS infected people emerging – the prevention is better than cure dictate (although living carriers have also to be humanely addressed also). For only by stopping it at the infants and drug addiction stage can HIV AIDS be defeated if common sense is used.

    In this respect Vietnam have introduced into their health service a humane treatment for the cure of hard drug addicts. This has been created by 15 years of collaboration with German and Vietnamese scientists and doctors. The medicine is composed of 13 plant extracts and therefore is non-addictive like methadone et al. It is also a very cheap medicine and only a fraction of the cost of the drug sustaining substitute treatments there is in the ‘West’.

    What happens is that the hard drug addition patient enters a clinic on a Monday, is detoxified with 72 hours and is discharged on a Friday. The beauty also of this treatment is that there is no ‘cold turkey’.

    My advice therefore is that the Russian and Ukraine health ministers (and health ministers from any other country for that matter) get on a plane to Hanoi to see this incredible treatment and to sign a MOU with the Vietnamese Government. Unfortunately governments only listen to the big drug companies and not common sense, the problem with not go away and where the taxpayer will continue to pick up the multi-billion tab every year.

    Dr David Hill
    Chief Executive
    World Innovation Foundation

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