By Jennifer Jue, Program Officer, Washington AIDS Partnership
The Washington Post recently profiled Sabrina Heard, a Women’s Collective staff member who is one of twelve Community Health Workers recruited, trained, and funded by the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Positive Pathways Initiative. Positive Pathways is an innovative new project that assists out-of-care HIV-positive African Americans living in Wards 5,6, 7, & 8 to access HIV medical care, with a particular focus on women and their partners.
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are placed in community and primary care settings with the goal of identifying out-of-care HIV-positive individuals. CHWs focus on building peer-based trust and informing individuals about the challenges of living with HIV. They provide personalized assistance to help these individuals enter and navigate service systems, and they support them throughout the early part of their medical care until they become fully engaged.
We’re excited that Sabrina was highlighted in the Post. She and her eleven amazing colleagues in Positive Pathways are doing important work to get people back into care.
Positive Pathways is funded through the AIDS United Access to Care Initiative, supported by a grant from the Social Innovation Fund; Consumer Health Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; MAC AIDS Fund; and the World Bank.