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Date:10/25/2011

es and Access to Care for Populations at High Risk of HIV Infection Initiative.

"We will work with the states to pilot linkage and retention interventions," said Wayne T. Steward, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at UCSF CAPS and co-principal investigator of the project. "After figuring out which programs work best, the demonstration projects will roll out their interventions on a statewide level. Our UCSF evaluation center will then help states assess how well the programming actually works in achieving desired linkage and retention goals."

As a result, he said, "the initiative will promote the development of innovative strategies that successfully integrate different components of the public health system to better engage hard-to-reach populations in high quality HIV care."

Core team members of the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center include Steve Morin, the senior scientist on the project, Edwin Charlebois, Kim Koester, Andre Maiorana, Deepalika Chakravarty, and Bill Woods, all of UCSF CAPS. UCSF faculty experts assisting the ETAC team include, James G. Kahn from the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, Katerina Christopoulos from the UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital, and Marguerita Lightfoot, also of UCSF CAPS. Collaborators with expertise in innovative surveillance methods (Moupali Das), quality programs (Kathleen Clanon, Lori DeLorenzo), and evaluation of innovative outreach programs (Jane Fox, Carol Tobias) will also provide technical assistance for states.


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Contact: Jeff Sheehy
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