It's a New Day in Public Health.
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
The linkage program assists people with accessing HIV care. The program goals are to increase the number of people who know their HIV status, to increase the number of people with HIV linked to care, and to increase the number of people retained in care and on antiretroviral therapy maintaining a suppressed viral load.
The Linkage Team has worked to redefine the culture of those who serve people with HIV to enlist everyone in the spectrum of services (case managers, medical providers, prevention providers, etc.) to link those with HIV to medical care. We invite community providers, consumers, patient care advocates, clinical staff and others to be a part of the Linkage Team as we help those we work with find a medical home.
Peer Navigator ProgramPeer navigators are people who have been living with HIV for some time and are experienced with navigating the system of care as well as with managing the daily challenges of living with HIV. The role of the peer navigator is to provide a bridge between providers and clients that facilitates the medical and psychosocial care of the client. Peer navigators can encourage engagement into care and can support medication and treatment adherence by providing education, resources, and mentorship.
There are currently 13 peer navigator programs funded by the HIV/AIDS Section.
Peer Navigation Program Resources:
- Peer Education and Evaluation Resource Center