HIV/AIDS

 

hiv_120For over 20 years, the Hektoen Institute has managed research and patient-care grant programs to bring high-quality, coordinated HIV care to thousands of patients in Chicago and Cook County. The care is provided by five programs: the CORE Center, Provident Hospital HIV program, Austin Health Center of Cook County Minority AIDS Initiative Clinic, South Suburban Comprehensive HIV Program; and HIV Services at Cermak Health Center for the Cook County Jail. All programs operate with a comprehensive services model, with expert HIV primary care given in clinical settings that have integrated mental health, substance abuse, oral health and psychosocial services. The hub-and-spoke model utilizes the CORE Center and Stroger Hospital to act as main hubs and referral centers for difficult cases, special populations (women, children, adolescents, the multiply diagnosed, recent detainees, and monolingual Spanish speakers) and care on the West Side. Provident Hospital is the referral center anchoring HIV care on the South Side, while Oak Forest Hospital anchors the service network in the South Suburbs. Cermak Health Center serves detainees. The CCHHS HIV Coordinating Committee serves as the forum for coordinating service, training, strategic planning, and resource allocation among and between all the clinics.

With grants predominantly funded by the HRSA-based multi-fold Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act (RWTMA), the Hektoen Institute has coordinated grant writing and administration for CCHHS’s HIV care sites. These grants have included a variety of funds which support care for the general HIV positive population (Parts A, B, and C), HIV positive women and children (Part D and WIHS), and HIV positive adolescents (AMAC).

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