The CAPUS Project aims to create more efficient and effective systems to improve HIV testing, linkage to and retention in care, and antiretroviral adherence, specifically targeting highest risk minority populations. Georgia was one of eight states to receive funding for the CAPUS Project and partners with CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, and HHS to complete its objectives. In alignment with national CAPUS objectives and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Georgia’s CAPUS Project work plan includes:
- Increasing HIV testing, linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement with care, treatment, and prevention,
- Enhancing navigation services,
- Using surveillance data and data systems to improve care and prevention and
- Addressing social and structural factors directly affecting HIV testing, linkage to, retention in, and re-engagement with care, treatment, and prevention.
For more information visit the National CAPUS Demonstration Project website.
This project was funded from 09/30/12-09/29/15 under the initial three year grant period, with a no cost extension from 09/30/15-09/29/16.
Georgia CAPUS Project Components
Metro Atlanta Testing and Linkage Consortium (MATLC)
MATLC was created to coordinate, target, and expand HIV testing to link more individuals to care in high prevalence areas across five-counties in metro Atlanta.
- 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 or conduct activities around HIV/AIDS services, including county health departments, academic institutions, federally qualified health centers, and privately funded projects.
- Focused on information sharing, professional development/training, and bridging the gap between academia and ASOs/CBOs.
- Supported the need for a tool to assist with and simplify the Ryan White eligibility process
- Provided feedback on the need for a mapping tool to facilitate strategic and data-driven HIV testing and linkage efforts
- Identified components needed for a a “one-stop resource” for all HIV care and prevention information
Grant in Aid (GIA)
The scope of work created by the CAPUS programs to engage more efficient and effective systems to improve HIV testing, linkage to and retention in care, treatment, and prevention services targeting racial and minority populations, primarily African Americans throughout the state of Georgia. A total of three organizations were provided funding under the CAPUS Demonstration Project to include the following scopes of work: HIV testing, linkage to and retention in care, treatment, and prevention services.
Clayton Health District
Cobb-Douglas Health District
Coastal Health District
Linkage, Retention, Re-Engagement, and Navigation
Focus on promotion and support of program activities to increase linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care for HIV positive Georgians.
Department of Corrections Pre-Release Program
The Georgia CAPUS project understands the importance of ensuring individuals incarcerated in jails or prisons are diagnosed and linked to care upon release. The goal of this program was to assess and assist inmates living with HIV/AIDS with their transitional needs beginning six months prior to release.
Grady Infectious Disease Practice
- Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study (ARTAS)
CAPUS funding was used to revive and maintain the ARTAS linkage and reengagement project at Grady IDP. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, and time-limited intervention. The goal is to link recently diagnosed or people lost to care to medical care and support services. For more information on ARTAS and other linkage programs in the state, please visit http://dph.georgia.gov/linkage-care.
- HealthySteps Mobile App
The HealthySteps project is a mobile phone application intended to increase linkage to and retention in care and medication adherence of HIV positive adolescents and young adults.
Addressing Social and Structural Factors
Community Based Organizations
The Georgia CAPUS team worked with an anti-stigma group to develop five scopes of work that organizations submitted RFPs on. The scopes of work are as follows: (a) Intergenerational Peer Support, (b) Stigma within the African American Men who have Sex with Men (AAMSM) Community, (c) Art as a Venue for Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Education, and (d) Family-Centered Adolescent Development Education. Seven contracts were awarded across the state addressing all the above mentioned scopes of work: New Horizons Community Service Board, Positive Impact Health Centers, Empowerment Resource Center, Someone CARES, Inc., Sister Love, Inc., Union Mission, and Columbus Wellness.
Community based organizations funded during the CAPUS grant period focused on five key areas to address the social and structural determinants of health affecting Georgians. These scopes included: intergenerational peer support, stigma within the AAMSM community, art as a venue for sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, faith-based communities and stigma, and family centered adolescent development education.
Check out the Stop the Stigma video from New Horizon's BH in Columbus!
The original purpose of the anti-stigma group was to develop the scopes of work for the RFPs. Current group initiatives focus on solution-based/constructive conversation around stigma/discrimination.
The CAPUS Project assisted with funding for the annual MSM Symposium sponsored by GDPH. This yearly two day meeting convenes the MSM community, advocates, and health care providers to discuss current health, cultural, and policy issues. Additionally, the symposium provides access to information and a safe forum with open discussions to facilitate community mobilization and encourage empowerment. For more information about this event or GDPH MSM/LGBT initiatives, please contact Dr. John Malone at John.Malone@dph.ga.gov.
Kaiser Speak Out Campaign
The CAPUS project supported the Kaiser Speak Out Campaign. This campaign allows young individuals affected or infected by HIV to use their own voices to discuss the importance of bringing HIV out of the closet.
To learn more visit: Kaiser Speak Out Campaign.
The mission of the CAPUS Resource Hub (RH) is to serve as a one-stop information source for all things HIV/AIDS in the state of Georgia. The RH is an online tool that bridges the gap in HIV care and prevention for Georgians across the state. In agreement with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the RH seeks to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, reduce HIV related health disparities and inequities, and achieve a more coordinated response to the current HIV epidemic.
The four components of the Resource Hub include:
Ryan White Pre-Eligibility Portal: Determines pre-eligibility for Ryan White Services based on HIV Care/HRSA guidelines;
Mapping and Testing Tool: Public widget to find local HIV/STD/TB/Hepatitis testing centers;
Resource Directory: Comprehensive directory of medical and social support resources throughout the state;
Medical Information: Easy to read health information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis.
Visit www.gacapus.com to learn more!
Related Information and Archived MATLC Presentations
Page last updated 02/20/17