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
- 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.
Georgia CAPUS Project Components
Metro Atlanta Testing and Linkage Consortium (MATLC)
- MATLC was created in order to provide formal coordination among agencies providing HIV testing services. MATLC uses quarterly meetings, statistical data, and geospatial maps in order to strategize best practices for outreach to target populations, geographic areas served, and timing of testing events or services. The consortium also helps agencies to avoid duplication and gaps in service, as well as inefficient targeting of resources.
- If you would like become a member of MATLC you may do so at the following LINK.
- Funding for community based organizations (CBOs) through RFPs
- Twenty-five percent of the CAPUS funding must go to fund HIV related projects through community based organizations (CBOs). The Georgia CAPUS team worked with an anti-stigma group to develop five scopes of work that organizations would submit 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. Eight contracts have been awarded across the state addressing all the above mentioned scopes of work.
- Anti-Stigma Group
- The original purpose of the anti-stigma group was to develop the scopes of work for the RFPs. Currently, they are having solution-based conversations on stigma and developing interventions to combat stigma. For example, they are working on a “Safe Space” project to build communities that promote inclusive environments. The project will utilize existing spaces (i.e coffee shops, restaurants) to hold culturally diverse events and trainings.
- MSM Symposium
- The CAPUS project help fund the third annual Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Symposium sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The symposium was a two day event in September 2014 that examined the various layers of stigma through presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a premier of the video Thomas from the DL Chronicles.
- Kaiser Speak Out Campaign
- The CAPUS project gave funds to allow individuals from Georgia to participate in the Kaiser Speak Out Campaign. The 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, access the campaign through the following ways:
Grant in Aid (GIA)
- CAPUS provids funds to health districts across the state to expand testing, linkage, and anti-stigma opportunities. For example, the Coastal Health District is funded to increase testing opportunities in the ER at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.
Corrections Testing / Linkage
- The Georgia CAPUS project understands the importance of ensuring individuals incarcerated in jails and prison are diagnosed and linked to care upon release. To help individuals in prison, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) collaborated with the Georgia Department of Corrections to hire a Corrections Linkage Coordinator. The goal of this position is link HIV positive inmates being released from prison to care and other supportive services. To help individuals in prison, GDPH collaborated with Emory University to supply 18,000 tests to the DeKalb County Jail. The program is currently trying to partner with AID Atlanta to have a staff member assist with linking individuals found HIV positive to care.
Re-establish Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study (ARTAS) at Grady Infectious Disease Program (IDP)
- 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.
Healthy Steps Mobile App
- The CAPUS project is using funds to help Grady IDP, in collaboration with Infield Health, to develop an app what will increase linkage to and retention in care and medication adherence of adolescents and young adults who are HIV positive. The app will have the following features:
Appointment / medication reminders
Short educational videos
Daily healthy steps messages
Custom “healthy steps” features
- The Georgia CAPUS Care Portal will serve as the primary resource in Georgia for assisting statewide testing, prevention and care for HIV/AIDS, and related psychosocial and social determinants of health.
Now there is one place to find HIV care in Georgia! The CAPUS Care Portal has four components:
The Eligibility Portal is an online tool to help determine pre-eligibility for Ryan White Services. The aim is to aid facilitation of eligibility screening and link people living with HIV/AIDS to medical and social services.
- Mapping and Testing
- The Mapping and Testing component is a tool to improve effectiveness and efficiency of testing in Georgia. The public component has testing information for people wanting to get tested and for HIV service providers wanting to know where other agencies are testing. The private component, called the HIV Continuum Visualizer, utilizes surveillance and care continuum data to assist individuals with planning more efficient testing, outreach, and linkage events. The goal is to implement more strategic HIV testing across the state to yield a higher number of people knowing their HIV status. Individuals must request access to the HIV Continuum Visualizer by emailing CAPUS@dph.ga.gov.
- Resource Directory
- The Resource Directory is an online tool to locate services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Based on a person’s location, the Resource Directory populates agencies that provide services such as HIV testing, HIV medical services, housing assistance, and mental health services.
- Medical Information
- The Medical Information page contains information for people living with HIV/AIDS, HIV service providers, and people wanting more information on HIV/AIDS. There is general HIV/AIDS information, such as information on HIV testing and being newly diagnosed. There is information on important topics in HIV care, such as homelessness, opportunistic infections, women, and PrEP, as well as information specific to providers including guidelines for care and training opportunities.
For questions or concerns about the Georgia Care Portal please email CAPUS@dph.ga.gov or call the GA AIDS/STD InfoLine at 1-800-551-2728.
Related Information and Archived MATLC Presentations
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