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Transcript of Bridging Voices
Linkage to Care Outreach is critically important to reducing HIV-related stigma...[and as] part of a coordinated strategy to increase testing and promote access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Provide Comprehensive Health & Sexuality Education Northern Florida
State Report Improve Access to Healthcare
and Support Services Northern Floridians face challenges accessing care and services due to inadequate... Increase Advocacy Efforts At a time when the political and economic climate make the day-to-day aspects of serving the community... increasingly difficult...improvements for access to care remains important. Combat HIV Stigma Stigma remains a major barrier in northern Florida, with negative implications for accessing prevention, testing, healthcare and supportive services. Building access to prevention, testing & care for the HIV positive community Bridging Voices Most northern Florida communities do not provide comprehensive health education to students in public schools....These measures could improve young people’s knowledge about sexual health. Policy suggestions:
Support Comprehensive Health Education initiatives
Apply for federal funding to support local programs Recommendations:
Community culture-based initiatives
Collaborate to advocate for the inclusion of transportation as a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program core service.
Increase awareness among non dental healthcare providers of the importance of dental care in managing HIV/AIDS.
Enhanced Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers in ACA.
Maximize enrollment in the state’s pre-existing condition insurance plan (PCIP).
Increase access to care by acting as exchange navigators.
Florida Medicaid reform and managed care expansion
Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)
Healthcare reform implementation Opportunities to combat stigma include:
Increase engagement of faith community leaders public transportation, a restrictive regional Medicaid transportation program, healthcare provider shortages, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program funding crisis, and state government hostility to federal healthcare reform... Gainesville, FL November 30, 2012 - Successes, Challenges and Opportunities -
for Improving Healthcare Access
in Northern Florida Actions to improve access include: Policy advocacy opportunities: