The ACE TA Center: Building Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipient Capacity to Enroll People Living with HIV in Health Care Access

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): HRSA - HAB

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform, Health Disparities, HIV & Infectious Diseases


Building Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipient Capacity to Engage People Living with HIV in Health Care Access is a cooperative agreement between JSI and the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau. This training and technical assistance (TA) project is known to recipients as the Access, Care, and Engagement (ACE) TA Center. The ACE TA Center project JSI builds on the work of two HRSA-funded initiatives: the 2013-2016 cooperative agreement, “Supporting the Continuum of Care: Building Ryan White Program Grantee Capacity to Enroll Eligible Clients in Affordable Care Act Health Coverage,” (also known as the ACE TA Center) and the 2014-2016 contract, “Health Literacy Project Targeting Adult and Young Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men.”

RWHAP recipients and sub-recipients are a critical link between people living with HIV (PLWH) and interventions that improve their health outcomes. The ACE TA Center aims to help Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients and sub-recipients support their clients, especially people of color, to navigate the health care environment through enrollment in health coverage and improved health literacy.

The goals of the ACE TA Center project are to support RWHAP recipients and sub-recipients to engage, enroll, and retain clients in health coverage; build the capacity of RWHAP clients and PLWH to stay enrolled and use health coverage; and support RHWAP recipients and sub-recipients to assess and build clients’ health literacy, thereby improving their capacity to use the health care system. JSI is working to accomplish these goals through national and targeted training and technical assistance strategies that include a needs assessment, in-person and virtual training, and development and dissemination of best practices and supporting resources.

JSI is also continuing the work of the In It Together: National Health Literacy Project for Black MSM, which promotes health literacy as a component of culturally appropriate health care service delivery. JSI is engaging and growing the network of community-based health literacy trainers to provide the health literacy community training to additional organizations. JSI is also adapting the In It Together curriculum to address health literacy needs of all people living with HIV who receive RWHAP services.

JSI has partnered with two subcontractors for this initiative – the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and Community Catalyst.