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Viral Load Suppression (VLS) Statewide Collaborative

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About Us

Purpose

To improve VLS rates among people living with HIV in Ohio.

We do this by:

  • Bringing together professionals and community members who want to improve VLS rates
  • Sharing VLS activities and projects 
  • Learning about best practices to improve VLS
  • Discussing how to improve VLS rates

Structure

The VLS Statewide Collaborative includes:

  • A webpage that contains data, projects, best practices, events, and resources
  • Quarterly (4 times a year) meetings through a conference call/webinar
  • A listserv for member communication

Contact us

Ohio Department of Health
Ryan White Part B Clinical Quality Management Program
hivdata@odh.ohio.gov

 

Data

Continuum of Care reports

Ohio HIV Surveillance Continuum of Care report

VLS among people enrolled in the Ryan White Part B/ADAP program, statewide and by region. 

2018
Statewide: 2012-2018
Region 1:  Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, Wood
Region 2:  Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Knox, Marion, Richland, Seneca, Wyandot
Region 3:  Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina
Region 4:  Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Summit, Trumbull
Region 5:  Carroll, Coshocton, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne 
Region 6:  Athens, Belmont, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Washington 
Region 7:  Adams, Fayette, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton
Region 8:  Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren 
Region 9:  Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble
Region 10: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert
Region 11: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, Union

Local VLS projects

If you have a VLS project to share, submit the VLS Project Description Form.

  • Submit any current or past project, no matter the size or results.
  • You may choose whether you want it shared on this website, through the member listserv, or both.
  • Please consider sharing a project so we all can learn.

Project spotlight

Project spotlights are projects recently shared on a VLS Statewide Collaborative webinar. This project was shared by MetroHealth on Dec. 2, 2020.

Project Name

Positive Peers

Objective(s)/aim(s) of the project

Positive Peers is an mHealth app that aims to engage young people living with HIV in care and sustain viral suppression while reducing stigma and isolation and extending human connection into a virtual space.

Focus or priority population(s)

Youth (13-24) and young adults (25-34) living with HIV

Method(s)

MetroHealth created the Positive Peers app from the ground up, with continuous input and feedback from a community advisory board of young people living with HIV (YPLWH) in Cleveland. Positive Peers was initially funded as a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) project.

Results

YPLWH ages 13-24 who use Positive Peers are 3.2 times more likely to experience sustained viral suppression than a matched cohort of their peers living with HIV who did not use the app. These results are currently being written into a manuscript for publication. Positive Peers has already been published twice in scholarly journals:

“Positive Peers”: Function and Content Development of a Mobile App for Engaging and Retaining Young Adults in HIV Care

Positive Peers Mobile Application Reduces Stigma Perception Among Young People Living With HIV

Discussion

Positive Peers is now open for any young person, ages 13-34, who is living with HIV, owns a smartphone and lives in the United States to enroll. The virtual registration process can be completed online on the Positive Peers website. Positive Peers also has an extensive library of blogs (over 250!) on a variety of topics related (and unrelated) to HIV health and wellness. Blogs can be read by anyone with internet access. Blogs are written at a 6th grade level and feature inclusive and diverse art. Some blogs have voice-over summaries called "The Tea." Positive Peers is on all social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook); follow us @PositivePeers4U. Positive Peers is always seeking healthcare and community-based organizations serving people living with HIV to become Key Health Partners.

Contact person

Jen McMillen Smith

Agency/organization

The MetroHealth System

 

Current projects

Coming soon - please consider sharing a project

Past projects

Coming soon - please consider sharing a project

VLS Best Practices

If you know of an evidence-based or evidence-informed intervention for VLS that is not listed on these websites, please contact us.

 

Disclaimer: Links to non-ODH sites by the Ohio Department of Health is for informational purposes only.  Providing a link does not constitute an endorsement of the linked site, its sponsors, the information, or products.

Interventions that are evidence-based or evidence-informed for viral suppression

CASCADE - Evidence-based

HIV Clinical Pharmacist Services - Evidence-informed

HIV Telehealth in Veterans Administration Clinics - Evidence-based

LINK LA (Linking Inmates to Care in Los Angeles) - Evidence-based

RAPID (Rapid ART Program for Individuals with an HIV Diagnosis) - Evidence-informed

weCare - Evidence-informed

Interventions that list improved viral suppression as a goal

Adapted Holistic Health Recovery Program (HHRP-A)

Adherence Improving Self-Management Strategy (AIMS)

Clinical Pharmacy Resident Intervention

Directly Administered Antiretroviral Therapy (DAART) for Drug Users

Directly Administered Antiretroviral Therapy (DAART) in a Methadone Clinic

Enhanced Housing Placement Assistance (EHPA)

Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives for Viral Suppression

Health Models: Pay-for-Performance Program

Helping Enhance Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (Project HEART)

HIV Nurse Navigation Program

Navigation-Enhanced Case Management (NAV)

OPT-In for Life

Pager Messaging

Partnership for Health

Patient-Centered HIV Care Model

Peer Support

Phone-Delivered Support Counseling for HIV Treatment Adherence

PositiveLinks

Project nGage

Project Shikamana

Project Yes!

Shelter Plus Care

SmartLink

Systems Navigation and Psychosocial Counseling (SNaP) (HPTN 074)

Taking Care of Me

Interventions recently or currently being studied

Healthy DIVAs

Events

Below are the dates and times. 

By participating, you will:

  • Learn what is happening in Ohio around VLS
  • Come up with new ideas
  • Ask questions about projects
  • Get feedback on your projects

Call schedule

Calls/webinars are on the first Wednesday of March, June, September, and December from 10 AM-11 AM.

Upcoming dates:

September 1, 2021
December 1, 2021
March 2, 2022
June 1, 2022

For call-in information, please contact us.

Call notes

If you want the notes to a call/webinar, please contact us.

Join

Anyone interested in VLS can join for free. Click here to fill out a membership form.

Once you join, you will begin to receive information about meetings. You will also be on a listserv for member communications.