We continue to work on our retention reports, attempting to get back in touch with patients and getting them back into care. However, efforts have not been very fruitful. Patients are scheduled, but continue to miss follow-up appointments. The QM team agreed to divide the list so the burden of contacting patients is not put on just one person. We continue to work with OB/GYN, DHEC and Charleston County Detention Center (see past IUF submissions).
The in+care campaign as well as the partners in+care campaign were presented to the CAB chair for incorporation and input from consumers. The chair has plans for forming a support network that may be able to mentor and coach newly diagnosed and returning patients who may have trouble getting into and staying in care.
We were recently awarded Part D funding directly from HRSA for our Outpatient Pediatric AIDS Clinic (OPAC), which used to flow through the state health department.
A transitional clinic has been proposed to help adolescents transition into the adult clinic. This can sometimes be a challenge as the adult clinic calls for much more independence in a patient's HIV care. Other hopes include a same day parent-child clinic as well as work with the Reproductive Infectious Disease clinic. Women testing positive in pregnancy and referred to the RID clinic (only medical establishment in SC with OB/GYN's trained in Infectious Disease) would subsequently be referred and treated in the adult ID clinic with their babies being followed up with OPAC after birth.
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