WeConnect is a new Ryan White Part A funded project that seeks to increase accessibility to Early Intervention services, Psychosocial, and Medical Transportation Services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) throughout the entire Eligible Metropolitan Area of Washington, D.C. (EMA).
The strategies included:
- Recruiting, training, and placing 6-8 community health workers (CHWs) at clinical and community-based host sites across the EMA;
- Interconnecting with IPHI’s existing CHW initiatives in D.C., Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County to create an integrated regional system;
- Concentrating new CHWs in areas with unmet needs, unique barriers to care, and limited existing EIS resources;
- Creating a broad regional network of providers; and
- Integrating group-based psychosocial support and transportation services in strategic locations and for key populations.
WeConnect CHWs are currently placed at the following sites across the EMA:
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
- Us Helping Us in Washington, D.C.
- Prince George’s County Hospital – Glenridge Clinic (Dimensions Hospital System)
- Prince George’s County Health Department, Maryland
- Montgomery County Health Department, Maryland
- AIDS Response Effort serving Northwest Virginia and West Virginia
- Shenandoah Community Health in Martinsburg, West Virginia
In addition, psychosocial services through CHW-facilitated psychosocial support groups will be offered at:
- La Clínica Del Pueblo, Washington D.C.
- Us Helping Us, Washington D.C.
- Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Virginia
- Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services, Virginia
- Shenandoah Community Health, West Virginia
IPHI evaluates these projects, and analysis captures the process and client-level outcomes for these initiatives. By integrating this new project into IPHI’s existing HIV linkage and retention in care activities, IPHI is leading a regional EIS system that includes over 30 CHWs covering nearly every jurisdiction in EMA.