Total Health Partners
Total Health Partners (THP) (2012-15) was an initiative in Prince George’s County, 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, and
- Prince George’s Hospital – Glenridge Clinic (Dimensions Health System).
IPHI employed 5 CHWs in Prince George’s County who pursued a variety of short-term activities, typically lasting 6 to 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 become 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.