Improving access and care for people living with HIV(PLHIV) with no health coverage.
Beyond Blue Door: A research study to improve knowledge and reduce service gaps for people living with HIV (PLHIV) with precarious or no health insurance coverage.
People living with HIV with precarious / no health care experience major barriers in accessing HIV care. This affects both people’s individual health as well as the overall public health response in curbing the HIV epidemic. In response to these needs, a coalition of health and community service agencies came together and developed the Blue Door Clinic to provide HIV treatment, community support, and linkage to ongoing care for people living with HIV with limited/ no health care coverage. The clinic has been operating since September 2019.
Along with the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) as well as our collaborative partners we realize that we need to continue our work to build our knowledge evidence-based interventions to reduce health inequities and promote equitable access to our communities. The Beyond Blue Door Research Study was set up to address these objectives.
The study will engage PLHIV with precarious and no health insurance coverage and service providers working with them to learn about their experiences, evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Blue Door Clinic, and identify long term strategies to improve the care and well-being of our communities. The project is supported by the Endgame Research Funding from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.