Provider Recruitment

What is Provider Recruitment?

Provider recruitment includes the recruitment of health providers across the state of Ohio, including, but not limited to, HIV physicians, behavioral and mental health practices, dental professionals, laboratories, hospitals, medical centers, clinics, sexual health centers, and vision experts as necessary, to engage in the Ryan White Part B Program.

 

What is the Ryan White Program?

The Ryan White CARE Act is the United States’ largest federally funded program for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), providing services to over 500,000 persons annually. The goal of the Ryan White CARE Act is to improve availability of care for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured persons living with HIV. There are multiple funded parts in the Ryan White CARE Act- A, B, C, D, and F.

In Ohio, the Ryan White Part B Program is administered by the Ohio Department of Health and assists with the cost of healthcare related to their HIV status. The Part B program is a financial assistance program for HIV+ Ohioans up to 300% of the federal poverty level, which is approximately $35,000 for a single person. A common way to access Part B assistance is through Ohio’s collection of AIDS service organizations throughout the state.

 

Why is Provider Recruitment Important?

Building a robust network of service providers not only offers people living with HIV more choice, but it leads towards increases in positive health outcomes. We know that when PLWHA take their medications and are virally suppressed there is upwards of a 96% reduction in the risk of transmitting the virus to others. A network of providers is a crucial step in assisting HIV+ persons on their path to viral suppression; providers within three categories are recruited to offer high-quality collaborative comprehensive care:

 

Medical

The primary type of care received by Ryan White consumers. This consists of regularly scheduled visits to physicians whose expertise falls within HIV monitoring and treatment. These physicians prescribe appropriate medication and make referrals as necessary. Primary medical services provide a considerable amount of transparency when it comes to the state of a consumer’s HIV infection and whether any current medication is effective at suppressing further viral replication.

 

Dental

PLWHA are more likely to have oral health concerns such as thrush, cavities, gum disease, oral warts, and more. Dental providers not only diagnose and treat oral health problems but can also prevent new ones from occurring. Regular dental visits, as well as positive oral health, can reduce the likelihood of such concerns, promote a healthy diet, and augment HIV medication absorption and processing – all key steps on the journey to successful viral suppression.

 

Behavioral Health

Higher rates of mental illness have been reported among PLWHA. When these conditions are neither diagnosed nor treated, further obstacles may interrupt treatment and impede access to care. A wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and more can be challenges for PLWHA, especially as medical services and medication are pursued. A wealth of mental health providers that are not only of high quality, but offer services which are attentive to consumers’ vast diversity of experience enhances the probability of success with medication, and by extension, viral suppression. We strive to ensure that mental health providers are equipped with the most beneficial HIV-related knowledge and to address any gaps which may exist.

 

How does OAC handle Provider Recruitment?

Alex Hernandez (hernandez@ohioaidscoalition.org) is OAC’s Provider Engagement Coordinator for the entire state of Ohio. He contacts providers statewide, depending on need, to detail the benefits and advantages of participating in Ryan White Part B Program. Alex strives to engage and enlist healthcare providers in the Part B program and to maintain a relationship with Ohio’s various AIDS Service Organizations to ensure that gaps in services are addressed and resolved. If you happen to know of a provider that would be a wonderful addition to our network, please reach out to us!

Provider Recruitment Documents

Provider Resources