Total Health Partners
Total Health Partners (THP) (2012-15) was an initiative in Prince George’s County (PGC), Maryland, that combined two projects, a linkage to care project funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Fund at East Bay Community Foundation and a retention in care project funded by AIDS United, M.A.C. AIDS Fund, and Washington AIDS Partnership.
The effort was a partnership with:
- Heart to Hand Inc., a community-based organization
- Greater Baden Medical Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center
- University of Maryland Prevention Research Center
- Prince George’s Hospital – Glenridge Clinic (Dimensions Health System)
IPHI employed five community health workers (CHWs) in PGC who pursued various short-term activities. The CHWs typically worked 6 – 12 months or until program participants were fully engaged in HIV care. Total Health Partners CHWs:
- Found people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who were not receiving medical care;
- Built peer-based trust and provided information about living with HIV;
- Provided personalized assistance to help PLWHA enter and navigate service systems;
- Supported PLWHA throughout the early part of their care until they became fully engaged in that care; and
- Facilitated linkage to housing and financial wellness training workshops.
The model also incorporated a training series, “My Health, My Life, My Future,” for clients on housing, financial capability, and promotion of mental health and wellness.