The SPNS Initiative Under Which New York Links Is Funded
The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)-sponsored Special Projects of National Significance aims to support the development of innovative models of HIV care that respond to the emerging needs of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients.
In 2011, HAB launched the SPNS for Systems Linkages and Access to Care for Populations at High Risk of HIV Infection Initiative. This four year, multi-state initiative will address issues of access to and retention in high quality HIV care through the development and dissemination of effective and sustainable systemic linkage models. The New York State AIDS Institute was fortunate to be award one of these SPNS grants.
Linkage models are rigorously evaluated using state-specific indicators and successes will be used for state-wide dissemination. In addition, all demonstration states are part of a multi-state evaluation effort led by the SPNS Evaluation and Technical Assistance Committee (ETAC) at University of California San Francisco.
To learn more about the HIV/AIDS Bureau's SPNS Initiatives, please go to http://hab.hrsa.gov/abouthab/partfspns.html
About the AIDS Institute’s NY Links Program
The NY Links Initiative bridges systemic gaps between HIV-related services within New York State to achieve better outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS through improving systems for monitoring, recording, and accessing information about HIV care in NYS.
The first two years focused on establishing regional collaboratives composed of traditional and non-traditional healthcare and supportive services providers in specific high-incidence communities. These regional collaboratives created a learning environment in which systemic collaboration and linkage innovations were tested, measured and shared.
The final two years focus on conducting a statewide scale-up of strategies shown to have promise as well as a subsequent evaluation of their effectiveness and sustainability.
For more details about New York Links, please go to our Resource page.
NY Links Collaborative Regions