Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Capacity Development Program to assist current Part C recipients in their efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality

HIV primary health care services for low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and underserved people living with HIV (PLWH).

The FY 2016 RWHAP Part C Capacity Development Program provides one-time funds to build local capacity of RWHAP Part C recipients to support a system-wide activity that addresses a gap in their local HIV care continuum.

Funding under this program is not intended to support long-term activities.

Instead, the proposed activity should be of a short-term nature and should be completed by the end of the one-year project period for this funding opportunity.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for existing RWHAP Part C recipients only.

Applicants may submit proposals for one of the following categories to address the gaps and need for a comprehensive continuum of outpatient HIV primary care services:
1) HIV Care Innovation or 2) Infrastructure Development.

Applicants must select one category and one type of activity from the selected category.

 Applicants may propose an expansion of activities currently supported with Part C Capacity funding; however, the same activity proposed and funded in FY 2015 will not be considered for funding in FY 201 6. 1) HIV Care Innovation HIV Care Innovation activities should identify and address a specific point or points along the HIV care continuum to target for maximum impact.

This funding will assist RWHAP Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) recipients in supporting a system-wide activity that addresses a gap or gaps in the local HIV care continuum.

In addition, HIV Care Innovation activities support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy:
Updated to 2020 (NHAS 2020) goals by funding focused activities to address identified gaps in the HIV care continuum.

The following types of activities are allowable for funding under this announcement.

 Applicants applying under this category should select only one of the four activities listed below:
HIV Case Finding - Train designated staff in HIV case finding techniques through local health departments and/or through CDC-funded training centers (http://nnptc.org/) and apply these skills in the clinical setting to link persons into care after HIV testing to address one or both of the following stages of the HIV care continuum:
(1) Linkage to HIV medical care or (2) Retention in HIV medical care.

Motivational Interviewing - Train staff in Motivational Interviewing through the local AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) or other resources to engage patients in care.

Work with both staff and patients on retention and facilitate staff application of the training in the clinical setting to address one or more of the following stages of the HIV care continuum:
(1) Linkage to HIV medical care, (2) Retention in HIV medical care, or (3) Appropriate prescription of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

Patient-Based Treatment Adherence - Implement an innovative, patient-based treatment adherence program to provide long-term adherence support for chronically non-adherent patients and apply the program to address the one or both of the following stages of the HIV care continuum:
(1) Appropriate prescription of ART or (2) HIV viral suppression.

Patient Chronic Disease Self-Management - Institute a clinic-wide Chronic Disease Management Program for HIV/AIDS based on the Stanford program or other resources for patient self-management (e.g., http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/ptmgmt/index.html) to engage patients in long-term disease control and apply the program to address one or both of the following stages of the HIV care continuum:
(1) Retention in HIV medical care or (2) HIV viral suppression.

b) Infrastructure Development Infrastructure development activities should identify and address a specific point or points along the HIV care continuum to be targeted for maximum impact.

This funding opportunity will assist RWHAP Part C EIS recipients by promoting organizational infrastructure development and increasing the capacity of organizations to enhance their ability to meet the changing health care landscape.

Funding is intended to increase the capacity of the organization to respond to Affordable Care Act opportunitie