The AIDS Action Committee (AAC) of Massachusetts and Partners in Health’s Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) program are collaborating to create and implement the Learning, Engaging and Advocating with Peers (LEAP 2.0) Project. This project is funded by AIDS United (from support received by the Social Innovation Fund grant) as part of their Access to Care (A2C) initiative.
The primary goal of the LEAP 2.0 Project is to improve the health of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) by providing comprehensive biopsychosocial support from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. LEAP 2.0 aims to:
- Link and help retain HIV-positive U.S. and foreign-born women, MSM, and IDUs to HIV medical care;
- Enhance and expand access and retention in supportive services (including non-traditional mental health services and self-management support groups);
- Improve the self-sufficiency of PLWH/A who are not engaged in care through maximization of benefit enrollment, training, education, employment; and
- Expand the continuum of care for PLWH/A to better support long-term self-sufficiency.
ICH is the evaluation partner on this project. Previously, ICH has partnered with AIDS Action on Project LEAP 1.0. ICH has also worked with Cambridge Cares About AIDS (now a part of AIDS Action) on evaluating a number of HIV/AIDS prevention projects, such as a needle exchange program and a trauma intervention for homeless youth.