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Project Title

Leveraging mHealth and Peers to Engage African Americans and Latinos in HIV Care

Project Summary

New medications have made it possible for patients with HIV to live long and healthy lives, as long as they get regular medical care and take their medicines as prescribed. However, HIV- infected African Americans and Latinos are less likely than the rest of the population to receive and maintain HIV care. The Baltimore City Health Department partners with a care program, Linkage to Care, that helps identify HIV-infected people without care and connect them by making an appointment and providing same-day transportation to a clinic of their. However, after the first appointment, some patients need additional help to continue care.

This project is developing a phone app to provide additional support to patients by providing a secure way for patients to communicate with Linkage to Care officers.

This study compares the experiences and HIV clinical outcomes over time of patients who receive the Baltimore City Health Department’s usual Linkage to Care services against those who receive Linkage to Care services with the app.

The results of this study will inform us about whether this approach helps patients maintain care and take their HIV medications to prolong their lives and improve their quality of life.

Project Details

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Principal InvestigatorFunder
Page, Kathleen – MDPCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
DepartmentProject Start Date
Department of Infectious Diseases, Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co – Principal InvestigatorProject End Date
Chang, Larry – MD, MPH4/1/2023
Other Co – Principal InvestigatorsTeam Members
N/AMcKenzie-White, Jane – MAS, MSEd


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