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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).

This is a sunset initiative (no longer active).

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.

To learn more about WeConnect, please contact Senior Program Director Christine Stewart at [email protected] or 202.747.3512.