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, DC (EMA) through the following strategies:
- 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 DC, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County to create an integrated regional system;
- Concentrating new CHWs in areas with unmet need, 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, DC
- Us Helping Us in Washington, DC
- 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 DC
- Us Helping Us, Washington DC
- Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Virginia
- Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services, Virginia
- Shenandoah Community Health, West Virginia
Evaluation for these projects is conducted by IPHI and analysis captures process outcomes 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.
WeConnect is funded by Ryan White Part A funds administered through the DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD & Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA).