HIV & Infectious DiseasesSince the first people were identified with what would be later called HIV in June 1981, the United States has made great strides in responding to the HIV epidemic. But HIV still poses a risk to public health, especially among people of color and men who have sex with men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and 50,000 new infections are identified each year.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, JSI has been committed to the fight against HIV, and is dedicated to helping achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Through our work with federal partners, JSI supports the delivery, coordination, evaluation, and improvement of HIV services across the U.S. In collaboration with state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and consumers, JSI helps ensure that services address the needs of people at risk for or living with HIV, while reducing or eliminating disparities in access to care and health outcomes. We use – and help clients use – cutting-edge technology, new media strategies, and other innovative techniques to deliver high-quality services.
Addressing other infectious diseases, including viral hepatitis, TB, STIs, tick-borne diseases, JSI takes a multi-pronged to change individual behavior, improve access to culturally competent services, and use data and learning to improve our work.
Reducing New Infections: JSI helps organizations implement cost-effective, scalable diseases prevention interventions and strategies, and gather and assess data to evaluate their effectiveness. JSI is helping federal and local partners prioritize and use newer HIV prevention approaches – such as improved adherence for people living with HIV and innovative strategies for populations at substantial risk for HIV infection, such as PrEP – to prevent new HIV infections. Health communication campaigns related to Lyme Disease prevention and strengthening available content related to viral hepatitis are helping people learn how to protect themselves.
Improving Access to Care and Quality of Life for People Living with HIV (PLWH): JSI assists organizations to assess and respond to the complex care and services needs of PLWH, and to develop the data systems and capacity to monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of the clinical and support services they provide.
Improving Coordination: JSI builds clients’ capacity to deliver cost-effective, coordinated infectious disease prevention and care services. We also conduct research, policy studies, evaluations, and planning activities to help federal, state, and local organizations plan and coordinate HIV and other infectious disease activities.
Our work in HIV and infectious diseases goes beyound the United States to around the Globe, reducing new infections, increasing access to continuous treatment and services, addressing stigma and discrimination, and reducing health inequities.
In all of our HIV work, JSI is committed to the active participation of those living with and at risk for HIV. We also are committed to building the capacity of the organizations serving those PLWH. Learn more about our work with key populations and the HIV resources and products developed from our projects, such as fact sheets, success stories and more.
Through the Center, JSI supports RWHAP recipients through national and targeted training and technical assistance strategies and development and dissemination of best practices and supporting resources.
JSI helps New England medical clinics implement systems of rapid and routine HIV testing for all sexually active patients, and trains medical personnel on how to deliver positive results and refer HIV-positive patients for specialized care.
JSI's most recent work with the RWHAP program will be to evaluate the impact of coverage obtained through the Affordable Care Act and RWHAP service use post-ACA on client health outcomes.
The goals of the new, comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy align with JSI's ongoing work to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to treatment and counseling, and reduce HIV-related health disparities among Americans.
The goal of the National Resource Center is to improve access to practical evidence-based and emerging HIV and AIDS prevention resources that build the professional capacity of people who work with youth who are at risk for HIV.
JSI works with CDC to provide capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations across the U.S. to support CDC’s high-impact approach to HIV prevention for populations who need it most.
JSI designed and implemented the program evaluation for Entre Nosotras, a peer-led intervention to reduce the inequitable impact of HIV, hepatitis, and substance abuse on young-adult African-American and Latina women in Boston.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.
JSI manages the AIDS.gov project, which aims to reduce HIV infection, increase testing, and improve early access to care by promoting federal policies and programs through social media channels, including blogs, Twitter, video, and Facebook.