PROJECT ABSTRACT SUMMARY
Inova Juniper Program (IJP) will partner with Neighborhood Health (NH) to provide outreach, testing, linkage, and engagement services focused on high-risk heterosexuals within the Black/African American, Latinx, and immigrant communities of Northern Virginia. IJP and NH have location in all areas of the region, which includes the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington and the city of Alexandria. In order to gain trust, engagement, and overcome barriers to care, program services will be primarily delivered by Outreach Workers hired from these communities with similar life experiences to the clients they serve.
IJP and NH together will achieve both short/intermediate and long term outcomes in each of the strategies outlined in the Ending the Epidemic Plan.
Short/Intermediate Term: increase the number of persons aware of their HIV status, informed of care services, and able to access integrating screenings
Long Term: increase cultural awareness of HIV/STD testing and HIV care options reduce stigma regarding sexual health care, decreased morbidity due to late screening
Short/Intermediate Term: increase receipt of HIV medical care and treatment by the newly diagnosed and those not in care, increased access to Partner Services and prevention and essential support services
Long Term: reduced community viral load, increased linkage to culturally competent services, reduced time from diagnosis to care, increased well-being among people living with HIV/AIDS
Short/Intermediate Term: increase access to PrEP and condoms among high-risk individuals
Long Term: increased sexual and overall health literacy and reduced misinformation; increased community awareness of and access to PrEP, PEP, and HIV/STD testing; increased provider competency regarding behaviors and trends
Short/Intermediate Term: increased health department and community engagement for cluster detection and response
Long Term: Improved community response to HIV transmission clusters and outbreaks
Over the course of this five year project, the program seeks to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV, and improve the overall health status of high-risk heterosexual Black/African American, Latinx, and immigrant communities in Northern Virginia.