New $6 million effort seeks to engage people living with the AIDS virus into treatment and replace retiring health care providers
“Testing and treating for HIV infection need to be part of routine primary health care,” said John Nelson, director of the National Coordinating Resource Center at the school’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB Center), serving a network of 16 AIDS Education and Training Center programs. “All health care providers need to consider HIV infection the same as any other chronic illness, such as hypertension and diabetes.”
Nina Colabelli, DNP, RN, APN, CPNP-PC, Director of the Child Health Program (CHP) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, received continuation funding for the CHP’s innovative services for children and youth who have been removed from their birth families and placed under care of the state. The one-year, $31,516,000 contract (effective July 1, 2015) from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF/ Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) supports nursing care and health care case management designed to ensure that the children receive services that promote their optimal health and well-being. The Child Health Program has established child health units in 46 DCF/CP&P local offices throughout New Jersey, where nurses and administrative staff team to develop, implement, and monitor individualized health plans for each child. The Child Health Program has been recognized as a national model and has achieved notable outcomes for children in foster care.
On May 27-29, 2015, Mary Jo Hoyt, MSN, Director, Education and Capacity Development, and Joanne Phillips RN, MS Education Specialist, led meetings of the CDC-sponsored Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (EMCT) Stakeholders Group and the Expert Panel on Reproductive Health and Preconception Care for Persons Living with HIV in Washington DC in collaboration with other team members, Deborah Storm, MSN, PhD, Director for Research and Evaluation and Mascu Hill, MPH, CHES, Program Coordinator. These groups are each comprised of about 50 HIV experts from federal agencies, state and local health departments, academia, clinical care settings, consumer advocacy and national professional organizations. Ms. Hoyt summarized and shared recommendations from the meetings, which focused on existing gaps in the HIV care continuum related to women living with HIV and their partners, in a letter to Douglas Brooks, the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.
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