Who Can Participate?
Any Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-funded recipient or subrecipient can participate in this collaborative, regardless of program type, setting, or geographic location. As the Collaborative launches, our map will be populated with participant locations.
HRSA/HAB's Dr. Laura Cheever outlines the importance of this project in this invitation letter.
What Do Collaboratives Do?
Participants help create a national community of learners from diverse program types, settings, and geographic locations. Participants take part in Regional and Affinity Groups as they implement a quality improvement project focused on one HIV subpopulation's HIV health disparities. The process is as follows.
- Participants enroll and then form a Regional Group, which has routine meetings (once a month) focused on helping members improve their underlying systems of HIV care and create a sustainable infrastructure that will last beyond the formal conclusion of the Collaborative.
- Participants choose one of the four subpopulations to focus their improvement work on and join an Affinity Group. These virtual Affinity sessions (twice monthly, 60 minutes each) provide content updates, promote peer sharing and exchange among participants, and provide feedback on quality improvement implementation processes from both a peer and expert perspective. Video conferencing technologies are being used to lower the barriers associated with attending physical meetings.
- Regional Groups submit viral suppression data every other month.
- Participants take part in four Learning Sessions during the 18 month project period.
- A faculty of experts is available for assistance.
- Key resources and tools are shared to maximize local use, i.e., disparities calculator, intervention grid.
How Will Participation Benefit Me?
In addition to improving the lives of your patients, participation in the end+disparities ECHO Collaborative will put your organization in line with national public health goals, which emphasize disparity reduction as a focus of improvement for HIV care. In summary, participation will help your agency:
- Improve viral suppression rates.
- Align with HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau clinical quality management expectations.
- Strengthen partnerships and with other RWHAP recipients and subrecipients locally and across the country.
- Increase quality improvement capacity of HIV providers and consumers.
How to Enroll
Enrollment is a two-phase process: the group enrollment stage and the individual registration stage.
- Group Enrollment. Regional Groups assist individual participant projects and report data to the national team. (NOW CLOSED)
- Individual Registration. Individual agencies join other agencies working on similar focus populations in Affinity Groups and provide peer support in implementing improvement projects.