The Positive Charge Initiative is an Access to Care program working in 19 counties across the state to bring those who know their HIV positive status – but are not receiving health care – into care.

The North Carolina Charge Initiative at CHPIR is working with partners in three areas of the state representing the diversity of our communities, agencies, and populations. Teams of Access Coordinators (trained peers) with the Hertford County Public Health Authority, Partners In Caring, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department are conducting outreach in the community targeting those who are not engaged in the HIV service system.

HIV outreach event in Hertford, North Carolina

They are working with homeless shelters, recovery groups, faith-based communities, testing programs, domestic violence groups, and jail-release programs among others to reach those who have not been able to engage in care and help them address their barriers to HIV medical care. Our goal is to bring 250 people into medical care each year. See more information on the Access to Care website accesstocarenc.org

North Carolina Positive Charge Initiative– Lead

Hertford County Public Health Authority – Employ Access Coordinators

Mecklenburg County Health Department – Employ Access Coordinators

Partners In Caring – Employ Access Coordinators

Partners In Caring team meeting

Principal Investigator: Kimberly Walker

Faculty Principle Investigator: Kathryn Whetten

Project Coordinator: Beth Stringfield

Evaluator: Sara LeGrand

Kimberly Walker and Beth Stringfield at the International AIDS Conference

Effective dates: Planning period April 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010; Implementation period July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2013

Funder: AIDS United (formerly National AIDS Fund) in collaboration with Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Access to Care team in front of the White House

Click on the link to view the infographic on “A rural-urban comparison of outcomes following implementation of an access to care initiative for HIV-infected persons in southeastern USA” from the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, D.C.

CHPIR staff with James Albino in Washington DC