The CAPUS Demonstration Project is a 3-year cross-agency project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that aims to reduce HIV and AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States.
Georgia’s CAPUS initiatives will be funded from September 30, 2012 to September 29, 2015. The project aims to create more efficient and more effective systems to improve HIV testing, linkage to and retention in care, and antiretroviral adherence, specifically targeting highest risk minority populations. In alignment with national CAPUS objectives and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Georgia’s CAPUS Project will:
- increase the proportion of racial and ethnic minorities (particularly African Americans) with HIV who know their status;
- optimize HIV care linkage, retention, and re-engagement with treatment and prevention services for this population; and
- reduce health disparities and health inequities by addressing social and structural factors that impact health outcomes.
Key elements of CAPUS will focus on improving the targeted coordination and effectiveness of HIV testing strategies; simplifying care eligibility documentation and linkage; providing additional, better coordinated, and timely navigation assistance for patients; and using surveillance data to improve patient outcomes across the care continuum. Because Georgia’s epidemic resides overwhelmingly among African Americans suffering disproportionate vulnerabilities, such as poverty and health disparities, CAPUS’ efforts will address social and structural factors that impact health outcomes. CAPUS particularly intends to implement interventions to reduce stigma (HIV and homophobia) directed at young African American men who have sex with men (AAMSM), improve access to resources for housing and incarceration transition, and improve access to substance use and mental health (SU/MH) services.
For more information visit the National CAPUS Demonstration Project website.
Coming Soon: CAPUS is creating a statewide online Resource Hub (RH) designed to be the primary resource in Georgia for statewide testing, prevention and care for HIV/STD/VH/TB, and related psychosocial and social determinants of health. The RH is being designed to provide the ability to obtain essential information on HIV and related services in Georgia and to streamline access to services, including HIV medical care and substance use/mental health treatment. The Hub will have a public component, the Pub Hub, and a private component for service and care providers, the Provider Hub.
Metro Atlanta Testing and Linkage Consortium (MATLC)
Currently, HIV testing efforts in the metropolitan Atlanta area are fragmented without a systematic mechanism to focus resources and share outcomes. In spite of the many organizations providing HIV testing in metro Atlanta, there is no formal coordination among agencies regarding targeted populations, geographic areas served, or timing of testing events or services, which leads to duplication and gaps in services as well as inefficient targeting of resources. To address these deficiencies, CAPUS created the Metro Atlanta Testing and Linkage Consortium (MATLC), initially focusing on the highest prevalence counties of metro Atlanta (Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, and Cobb/Douglas).
The MATLC is composed of entities funded for HIV/STD testing and prevention efforts by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and the Fulton/DeKalb jurisdiction, as well as other groups that provide HIV/STD testing services, including county health departments, academic institutions, federally qualified health centers, and privately funded projects. MATLC leadership is shared by GDPH and Fulton/DeKalb jurisdictions.
Meetings are conducted on a quarterly basis to enable providers to work together in order to improve testing, linkage, and retention efforts. MATLC provides a forum by which members can:
- develop strategies to hold complimentary services and events to reach target populations and identify potential venues in areas of high prevalence using geospatial maps and aggregate data;
- provide updates on testing and linkage to care activities, share program successes, evaluate challenges, and identify opportunities for collaboration;
- create strategies to focus existing HIV/STD resources on underserved, predominantly minority populations.
If you would like become a member of MATLC you may do so at the following LINK