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SPNS Initiative: Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men, 2018-2021

Background

This initiative supported the implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed models of care designed to engage, link, and retain Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) in HIV medical care and supportive services. This initiative funded eight demonstration sites for three years and one Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider for four years to implement and evaluate four evidence-informed interventions and models of care. These models of care included STYLE, a youth-focused case management intervention, Linkage to Care, and Project Silk, that integrate behavioral health services with HIV care to specifically address the needs of BMSM and to improve health outcomes. The demonstration projects disseminated lessons learned and findings to promote the uptake and replication of these models. The Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider is coordinating the multi-site evaluation, providing programmatic technical assistance to the demonstration sites, and leading publication and dissemination efforts.

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