As of June 30th 2016, 122,945 New Yorkers had been diagnosed and were known to be living with HIV/AIDS. The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone (FHC) has for the past 27 years continued to build an evolving network of services which aim to tackle the epidemic through the principles of hot-spotting, elevating cultural competency, and applying the continuum of care model for the communities we serve.
FHC’s network covers a service area of 6 NYC Community Districts in Brooklyn. Utilizing best practices, FHC has built a network which addresses the cascade of care through EMR embedded screening, education on cultural competencies in the LGBTQ community, dedicated health navigators, and a comprehensive panel of providers to deal with biopsychosocial factors that prohibit access to healthcare delivery. Utilizing automated referral pathways within the EMR along with a daily review of all testing results performed within the network, care coordination teams and patient navigators are able to identify patients. Dedicated case management teams are then assigned to locate patients and link patients to treatment and assist in overcoming care access barriers.
Within the FHC catchment area the incidence of new HIV infections was heavily concentrated among poor minorities. Among the FHC population, minority races compromised 79.3% of those PLWHA, with 58% of the population having the risk factor of MSM activity. For those patients who fall under >20% below Federal poverty level, New York’s HIV/AIDS death rate is at 74.7%. Despite national and regional trends, the FHC over the last three years has managed to not only to provide greater opportunities for access to care, but has increased the rate of viral load suppression among patients served (393 patients in 2014 to 416 patients in 2016 and VLSR of 92.4% to 95.6%.)
HIV/AIDS prevalence is still characterized by wide gaps in healthcare disparities and inequality, particularly among those communities who are poor, LGTBQ and/or minority background. By building an infrastructure that follows best practices in a culturally sensitive context, the FHC is able to provide greater access to care in a dwindling population while creating a medical home for quality care regardless of payer base, race, or gender.
J. Hayon, None
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