Data to Care Initiative

What is Data to Care?

  •  A joint initiative with HIV Surveillance, Prevention, Care Services and SODA (Field Operations)
  • Goals
    • To improve health outcomes for persons living with HIV by helping clients to:
      • Be in care (engaged)
      • Stay in continuous HIV care (retention)
      • Have a viral load less than 200 copies/mL (viral suppression)
      • Prevent new HIV infection
  • Data to Care has expanded statewide to over 25 local health departments, medical sites, and community-based organizations

How Does Data to Care Work?

  • Virginia HIV surveillance data is used to create out-of-care lists
  • Out-of-care lists are distributed
  • Agencies follow up with out-of-care clients to find out if clients are truly out-of-care
  • Agencies submit results to VDH
  • The results are entered back into the HIV surveillance system to update the data

 The Data to Care Process

    

To be on an Out-of-Care list, clients must be:

  • HIV-positive and reported to Virginia’s HIV Surveillance data system
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Living with a last known address in Virginia
  • Meet the out-of-care definition

 Current Out-of-Care Definition

  • Clients who have not had a care marker within one year or more from the date the out-of-care list was created
    • Must have had at least one care marker in 2015

Overall Results

  • As of July 2017, results for 422 Data to Care clients have been submitted
  • Almost half of these clients were found to be “In Care”
    • This suggests that more people are in care than expected
    • “Other” includes persons who were deported, moved out of the country, were fugitives, or any other type of outcome not listed
  • Of the seven percent of clients found “Not in Care,” 77% reengaged into HIV care through Data to Care efforts

 

Data reported to the Virginia Department of Health as of July 2017.

 What are the Results Being Used For?                  

  • To identify out-of-care clients who need to be linked or reengaged back into HIV care
  • Identify data reporting issues
  • To update Virginia’s HIV Surveillance data
  • Help improve future out-of-care lists

Resources:

Additional Information:

For any additional information or if your agency is interested in participating in Data to Care, please contact:

  • Amanda Saia, HIV Surveillance Epidemiologist
  • Email: amanda.saia@vdh.virginia.gov
  • Phone: (804) 864-7862
  • Secure Fax: (804) 864-7970