Project overviewAyana Eady-Patterson on what the Positive Action Southern Initiative grant meant to Union Mission
We’ve been proud to provide housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS through our Phoenix Project for 21 years. This project includes three permanent supportive housing programmes, and various HIV/AIDS-related services for homeless and low income individuals living with HIV disease. Now, through a grant from the Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative, we have developed a new component of the Phoenix Project – our Healthy Living Educational Adherence Program, which is designed to provide linkages to quality care, promote treatment adherence and ensure that people maintain their medical appointments.
Through this programme we provide educational workshops and one-on-one outreach activities to our clients living with HIV and AIDS. Our goal is to equip them with the knowledge and resources that are necessary to achieve optimal adherence to their appointments and medications, and in so doing, attain the best possible health outcomes for each of them.
We have elected to include the following elements as part of the Healthy Living Educational Awareness Program:
Nurse House Calls: Through this component of the programme a licensed nurse conducts adherence education with our clients in their homes. This includes gathering information about what specific medicines the person is taking, making sure they understand how to take them, identifying barriers, empowering them to discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider, and talking about other challenges he or she is currently facing. Through this process, the nurse works with each individual to develop a personalised adherence plan that is informed by that person’s own unique circumstances. The nurse also works with each individual to provide practical links to care. For example, if the client needs assistance with transportation to his or her next medical appointment, the nurse will provide transportation vouchers so that person can get to and from the doctor. The nurse house calls occur at least once a week, but can be more frequent based on individual need.
Phone Tree System: We are on the cusp of launching a system that will usetechnology to assist individuals with reminders to see their doctors. Through our Phone Tree System, clients will be able to receive phone calls and/or text messages with detailed reminders of their upcoming appointments. We’re also looking at other ways to integrate multi-media into this programme in the future.
Educational Workshops: We host monthly sessions on a range of topics related to care and adherence for our clients living with HIV/AIDS.