- What strategies successfully address housing needs of homeless people living with HIV?
- What does it take to keep homeless people in HIV care?
- How can we successfully integrate HIV care, mental health services and substance abuse treatment for homeless people?
- What does it take to create a medical home for homeless people living with HIV?
These are some of the questions the initiative Building Medical Homes for Multiply Diagnosed HIV Homeless Populations is designed to answer. This five-year initiative is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of HIV/AIDS Bureau Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS).
The Health & Disability Working Group at Boston University School of Public Health and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program have partnered to establish the Med-HEART (Medical Home-HIV Evaluation & Resource Team) project that serves as evaluation and technical assistance center for the initiative.
Med-HEART will collaborate with nine demonstration sites to evaluate models of care that link HIV-positive homeless individuals with needed services and resources. We will share resources on this site as they become available to help organizations address the needs of this population.
- Building Medical Homes for Multiply Diagnosed HIV Homeless Populations initiative on HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) initiative web pages.
- A profile of this initiative (called the SPNS Homeless Initiative in the article) is included in the April 2013 issue of HRSA's What's Going On @SPNS newsletter [PDF].
- BUSPH Researchers Awarded 5-Year Grant to Evaluate Medical Home Approaches for HIV-Positive Homeless on Boston University School of Public Health website
Med-HEART is a collaboration between the Boston University School of Public Health’s Health & Disability Working Group and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Funding for Med-HEART is through the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau Special Projects of National Significance, which is a program within the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.