Funding Opportunity: Implementation of Community Health Worker-Mediated Services for Re-Engagement to Care and Outreach for Persons with HIV in Rural Communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide grants to state and local health departments to partner with HIV clinical providers in rural areas to develop approaches that will utilize community health workers (CHWs) to re-engage people with HIV (PWH) in care and conduct outreach among PWH not virally suppressed in the community.

CHW services may include antiretroviral therapy (ART) delivery, sample collection for HIV laboratory testing, transfer of self-collected specimens, transportation services, arranging and scheduling telehealth visits, and medication adherence support.

Applicants must engage in activities under the following program strategies:

  • Provide comprehensive HIV care and treatment, and testing services to PWH not in care and/or not virally suppressed living in rural communities by using a health department-assigned CHW
  • Support use of mental health and substance use disorder services and other essential support services by re-engaged PWH living in rural communities
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of CHW-mediated re-engagement and outreach to HIV care and treatment services for PWH living in rural communities
  • Provide services that are culturally and linguistically responsive to reduce stigma for people living in rural communities, especially for Black and Hispanic/Latino individuals

A detailed list of required activities and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes are available in the funding announcement.

Application deadline: Jan 5, 2024

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