HIV and PrEP Navigation Program

Linking Communities to Care through HIV and PrEP Navigation

nmacLINCsm-1NMAC’s HIV and PrEP Navigation program is called Linking Communities to Care through HIV and PrEP Navigation. The goal of Linking Communities to Care through HIV and PrEP Navigation is to improve recruitment, linkage, and retention to care and health outcomes for people of color living with HIV or at high-risk for HIV. The program is based on the concept that persons in communities trained as HIV and PrEP navigators can be effective in reducing and eliminating barriers to the timely prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV in their own communities. The Linking Communities to Care through HIV and PrEP Navigation program is funded by the National Library of Medicine and Gilead Pharmaceuticals.

The services provided through this program will improve the capacity of community-based and healthcare organizations to provide HIV and PrEP navigation services to persons of color living with HIV or at high-risk for HIV. Services will be delivered through trainings, technical assistance, and information sharing.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. To improve recruitment, linkage, and retention to care and health outcomes for people of color living with HIV or at high-risk for HIV;
  2. To train HIV and PrEP navigators to play a greater role in reducing and eliminating barriers to the timely prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV in their own communities.

NMAC offers individualized skills building and empowerment training for HIV navigators and organizational support for infrastructure and program development.

  • HIV and PrEP Navigation Trainings
  • HIV and PrEP Navigation Resource Repository
  • HIV and PrEP Navigation Technical Assistance on topics such as:
    • Health Literacy
    • Legal considerations for PLWH
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Cultural competency
    • PrEP and biomedical interventions
    • Performance management for navigation supervisors
    • Program evaluation for HIV navigation programs

National HIV and PrEP Navigation Assessment

NMAC has developed and launched an assessment tool to collect data focused on the professional development needs of navigator roles and mechanisms that support the successful implementation of HIV and PrEP navigation programs. The assessment compiles information on the following:

  • The proportion of HIV serving organizations that use HIV and/or PrEP navigators and to learn about their awareness of their impact on client’s lives and outcomes;
  • The populations targeted;
  • The geographic locations of organizations;
  • The impact of HIV and PrEP navigation on recruitment, linkage adherence and retention to HIV treatment and care; and
  • Other essentials information that will help support the development needs of navigators.

This information will ultimately be used to develop additional programs and services to support the development and implementation of the HIV and PrEP Navigation programs. If you are interested in participating in this assessment and sharing about your navigation program, please click the link below no later than April 27th, 2017.

National 2017 Assessment

For more information on NMAC’s HIV navigation services, please contact us via email at LINC@nmac.org.