SPNS Initiative: Enhancing Access to and Retention in Quality HIV Care for Women of Color, 2009-2014


This Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative funded ten demonstration sites (five urban sites and five rural sites) for five years to design, implement, and evaluate innovative methods for enhancing access to and retaining women of color living with HIV in primary medical care and support services. Interventions included community-based outreach, patient education, intensive case management, and patient navigation strategies. The Women of Color Evaluation Center (WOCEC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University coordinated the multi-site evaluation and provided programmatic technical assistance to the demonstration sites. The study evaluation design assessed the effectiveness of the selected models in enhancing access to and retention in HIV care for women of color.

Demonstration project grant recipients included: Center for Human Services (Bridgeton, NJ); Community AIDS Resource (Care Resource - Miami, FL); Health Services Center (Anniston, AL); JWCH Institute (Los Angeles, CA); New North Citizens Council (Springfield, MA); Special Health Resources for Texas (Longview, TX); The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Foundation (Chicago, IL); The Research Foundation of State University of New York (Brooklyn, NY); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC); and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (TX).

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Date Last Reviewed:  March 2017