HIV navigation is a process of service delivery to help a person obtain timely, essential and appropriate HIV-related medical and social services to optimize his or her health and prevent HIV transmission and acquisition. Navigation includes linking persons to health care systems, assisting with health insurance and transportation, identifying and reducing barriers to care, and tailoring health education to the client to influence his or her health-related attitudes and behaviors. Peer and paraprofessional navigation, Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) initiation and adherence, education and counseling, outreach and case management approaches are recommended in guidelines on entry and retention in HIV care by the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care (2012).
HNS (classroom) Training &
Target audience for the HNS classroom training:
The HNS course is designed to improve navigation skills for those delivering prevention services to people living with HIV and high risk HIV- individuals. This comprehensive course package is for service providers who want to know more about navigation skills, how navigation fits in the overall field of HIV prevention, structural components of a navigation program, and professional conduct.
The recommended training audience includes staff from
- Community-Based Organizations
- Health Departments
- Health Care Organizations implementing HIV programs and services
- General navigation programs that seek to incorporate HNS as an additional component to their existing navigation services
The pre-course online module of the HNS training
is a prerequisite activity that establishes the context for the learning process for the in-person training. This online module will:
- Summarize patient navigation history and its importance in prevention and health promotion work
- Analyze the connection between HIV navigation services to the vision and goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- Discuss the HIV/AIDS Continuum of Care and the importance of engagement
- Describe the theoretical foundations used in HIV navigation services
[Participants for the in-person training will be expected to know the pre-course content and be able to answer relevant questions: this information will not be repeated]
PwP - Graphic Novel (Video)
What does the future of HIV prevention really look like? This 30-minute graphic novel is d
esigned to give staff at clinics, community-based organizations, and health departments a look at one highly collaborative possibility. View the PwP Graphic Novel
Research and Development
Bradford JB, Jones A, Coleman S. HIV system navigation: an emerging model to improve HIV care access: The Fenway Institute; 2006.
Thompson MA, Mugavero MJ, Amico KR, et al. Guidelines for improving entry into and retention in care and antiretroviral adherence for persons with HIV: Evidence-based recommendations from an International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care panel. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(11):817-833.