The Dissemination and Evaluation Center (DEC) was formed in 2015 as part of the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative. The DEC has adapted four previously implemented HRSA HIV care interventions for replication and is currently implementing a multisite evaluation plan using an Implementation Science framework in order to disseminate successful practices to the field. By taking an Implementation Science (IS) approach, the DEC will gain insight into the barriers and facilitators of successful implementation of each of the four interventions to guide future replication of the interventions. In addition to studying the implementation, the DEC studies HIV Care Continuum outcomes of linkage, retention, re-engagement and viral suppression among persons living with HIV.
The following four interventions are currently being implemented through the initiative:
- Transitional Care Coordination: From Jail Intake to Community HIV Primary Care
- Peer Linkage and Re-engagement for Women of Color Living with HIV
- Enhanced Patient Navigation for Women of Color Living with HIV
- Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in HIV Primary
The DEC currently provides training and technical assistance to 12 demonstration sites implementing the adapted interventions. Learn more about the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions project and the adapted interventions at https://nextlevel.careacttarget.org/
The DEC team has partnered with substance use disorder experts to modify its existing buprenorphine treatment manual. “Integrating Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care” is now available here.
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS
Serena Rajabiun, Principal Investigator and Peer Site Liaison
Jane Fox, Co-PI and TCC Site Liaison
Alexis Marbach, Senior Program Manager and Buprenorphine Site Liaison
Ellen Childs, Patient Navigation Site Liaison
Howard Cabral, Statistician
Clara Chen, Data Analyst
Marena Sullivan, Research Assistant
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $500,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
The goal of the initiative is to produce four evidence-informed Care And Treatment Interventions that are replicable; cost-effective; capable of producing optimal HIV Care Continuum outcomes; and easily adaptable to the changing healthcare environment.
- New manuals support programs that improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum
- Joint AIDS United-CAHPP Press Release: National Research Project Brings Game-Changing Interventions to Scale
- BUSPH article: SPH Center Leads HIV Care Initiative
- BUSPH article: Researchers Receive $2.5M in Funding to Improve HIV Care