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.
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
Hertford County Public Health Authority – Employ Access Coordinators
Mecklenburg County Health Department – Employ Access Coordinators
Partners In Caring – Employ Access Coordinators
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Walker
Faculty Principle Investigator: Kathryn Whetten
Project Coordinator: Beth Stringfield
Evaluator: Sara LeGrand
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
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.