Forging Community Partnership
Since 2009, the WHIC has served as the Lead Agency for Ryan White Part A Federal funding for Region 2 of the New Haven/Fairfield Eligible Metropolitan Area. The WHIC was chosen as Lead Agency by the consensus of other local Ryan White Part A agencies due to its expertise in patient care and fiscal management. As the Lead Agency, the WHIC has formed longstanding partnerships with StayWell Health Center, Inc., Hispanos Unidos, Inc., New Opportunities, Inc., Recovery Network of Programs, Inc., Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc., and the Waterbury Health Department, all of whom work alongside the WHIC to provide patients in the region with:
|Primary care||Medical case management|
|Oral health care||Inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment|
|Health insurance assistance||Early intervention services|
|Mental health||Housing assistance|
|Medical transportation||Emergency financial assistance|
For the past 10 years, the WHIC has partnered with Yale University’s Project TRANSITIONS, a program that integrates substance abuse treatment and contingency management into a comprehensive jail release program for PLWHA. Through this partnership, Yale funds a Substance Abuse Counselor and Medical Case Manager, both of whom are Spanish speaking and located on-site at the WHIC.
Reshaping HIV Testing Statewide
Since 2008, patients visiting Waterbury Hospital’s Emergency Department have been offered free HIV testing while waiting to be evaluated or treated for other symptoms. Patients in the Emergency Department now have to opt out of testing. The program has successfully served as a model for other healthcare institutions across the state. Thanks, in part, to WHIC’s leadership, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health no longer requires providers to have a separate consent form for HIV testing.