The Texas HIV Syndicate develops global recommendations for policy, systems and practice improvements to reduce HIV infection in Texas.
Practical Tools for HIV Organizations
Several tools and resources were identified as needs/projects by Texas HIV Syndicate workgroup members. Initiated in 2015, and completed in 2016, (the Successful Linkages workgroup continues), members created a variety of resources – ranging from brochures to toolkits to amplify work across the state. Selected DSHS staff and Regional Co-chairs will promote the materials in appropriate meetings across the state during 2017.
- ACCESSIBLE VERSION- Social Determinants of Health: Approaches to the HIV Epidemic
The Toolkit is an information source available to interested parties across the state. Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are defined in the toolkit and information is given on raising awareness (through social media) about the role SDH play in the spread of HIV and HIV-related disparities. The Toolkit consolidates multiple sources of information into one easily accessible electronic location.
The brochure’s purpose is to increase awareness of biomedical prevention options among Black and Latino gay and bisexual men and Black women. The brochure provides basic, beginner-level information regarding PrEP to community members and directs them to seek more information from a local physician
The purpose of the Texas Routine HIV Screening Toolkit is to help support adoption of routine HIV testing as a part of medical care.
The toolkit is a brochure that provides a synthesis of the basic public health benefits of routine screening and information on how to address barriers to testing consent, billing, delivering results, and linkage to care.
Conversation Starters (5 one-pagers)
- The power of leaving the office and getting out into the community
- ACCESSIBLE VERSION- The power of leaving the office and getting out into the community
- Using newer technologies to communicate with clients
- Making linkage to care the easy choice for clients
- Increasing clients’ comfort with receiving HIV services
- How simple actions can lead to powerful changes
The purpose of these “conversation starters” is to help support linkage systems that are client-centered and responsive to circumstances and needs.
The “conversation starters” are one-page documents. Similar to flyers, the documents are meant to stimulate conversation and introspection among staff working in the field of HIV. Staff will be encouraged to post the conversation starters throughout the office (in the break room, in the elevator, etc.) and pass them along to colleagues for consideration and conversation. The conversation starters are based on recommendations from staff in the field, in Texas and beyond, taken from interviews conducted by the UT Austin Health Innovation & Evaluation Team for the Successful Linkage priority group.
The purpose of this guide is to help create mechanisms to identify and respond to individuals at risk of dropping out of care. The At Risk Profile Infographic provides an overview of the profile characteristics. The Addendum provides more detail about each individual characteristic, how it impacts clients’ health outcomes, and what agency staff can do to be proactive in mitigating the impact of the characteristic.
The purpose of the Viral Suppression toolkit is to help create a focus on adherence that includes clients, clinicians, and supportive services providers.
The toolkit is an easy-to-navigate guide to resources focused on medical adherence and viral suppression. It will enhance the work of case managers, nurses, doctors, and others who support clients in attaining viral suppression.