Programming Connection

Linkage to care 

Evidence review

Think link: Programmatic approaches for successful linkage to HIV care – This evidence review outlines findings on HIV linkage to care programs, focusing on barriers and supporting elements to linkage programming

Evidence briefs

PositiveLinks – An intensive, time-limited linkage-to-care intervention positively impacts engagement in HIV care

Linkage to Care Intervention – An intensive, time-limited linkage-to-care intervention positively impacts engagement in HIV care

Linkage to Care Specialist – A client-centred intervention for people newly diagnosed with HIV is effective at linking people to care

HIV retention and LTC – American study shows HIV linkage-to-care and retention programs are cost-saving

Project Engage – Social network approach works to link HIV-positive people into care

HepTLC – A hepatitis testing and linkage-to-care (HepTLC) initiative reaches those at greatest risk of HCV and HBV infection

The North Carolina HIV Bridge Counselor Program – A state-wide intervention (USA) shows success in linking people newly diagnosed with HIV to care and in re-engaging people in HIV care

Care re-engagement and retention – Use of a part-time outreach coordinator can help to re-engage and retain clients in care

Check Hep C – A community-based program in New York City focused on linkage to care and patient navigation for hepatitis C treatment for marginalized populations, including people who use drugs

Linkage to hepatitis C care using a nurse navigator at the University of Virginia Infectious Diseases Hepatitis C Clinic – Linking people to care using a nurse navigator in a hospital-based clinic

Program models

Case study

The program seeks to improve the health of gbMSM by addressing internal and external barriers to wellness through short-term supportive counselling and service navigation.