Callen-Lorde is a federally qualified health center with a mission to provide comprehensive health care and related services for New York City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, regardless of ability to pay. Callen-Lorde proposes to implement the Callen-Lorde Transcend Program in response to the Centers for Disease Control RFA PS22-2209, Transgender Status-Neutral Community-to-Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic within 3 sites located in the jurisdictions of New York, Bronx and Kings County in New York City, which are included in Phase 1 of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative.
The purpose of Callen-Lorde’s proposed Transcend Program is to address longstanding disparities in HIV prevention and treatment outcomes for Black, multi-racial and Hispanic transgender women in New York City. With the Transcend Program, Callen-Lorde will integrate biomedical HIV prevention and treatment interventions within gender-affirming medical care and supportive services for a target population of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals, particularly Black and Latinx/Hispanic transgender women (TW).
Callen-Lorde aims to improve access to HIV prevention and gender affirming care through targeted case-finding and outreach with collaborating CBOs, risk assessment and stratification and enhanced linkage services provided by dedicated care coordination and navigation staff. Under this initiative, Callen-Lorde will also enhance existing programming by providing access to long-acting injectable (LAI) PrEP, providing integrated injection coordination at each of our sites across New York City. The Transcend Injection Coordinators will provide LAI PrEP, ART and other indicated injection needs, including COVID vaccination. To support Transcend Program efforts, Callen-Lorde will also provide healthcare worker training and develop patient education materials. Callen-Lorde anticipates that a minimum of 250 Transcend Program patients will engage in services during Year 1 within Callen-Lorde Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan locations.