NYLinks began in September of 2011 as a HRSA funded Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) and is a statewide initiative focusing on improving linkage to care, engagement in care, and viral load suppression for people living with HIV/AIDS. This is done through the formation of geographically based collaboratives of HIV providers who meet regularly to share improvement work. NYLinks measures improvement through the use of data that is self-reported, then verified through surveillance. Improvement is measured organizationally as well as regionally.
Participants in NYLinks receive technical assistance to assist them with quality improvement projects.
NYLinks addresses community needs and statewide priorities through enhanced collaboration and integration of quality improvement methodology among organizations and programs that provide HIV services to decrease gaps in the HIV care continuum as part of the New York State initiative to end AIDS.
To identify and spread innovative solutions for improving linkage to and engagement in HIV care that support the delivery of routine, timely, and effective care for PLWHA in New York State. To bridge systemic gaps between HIV related services to achieve better outcomes for PLWHA through improving systems for monitoring, recording, and accessing information about engagement and linkage to HIV care in NYS.
- Implementing a community-based response to the HIV epidemic by mobilizing networks of clinical and non-clinical providers, community leaders, and community members living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Aligning programs, providers and the community to address the Ending the Epidemic goals of New York State through shared, local leadership and with technical support from state and local health departments.
- Building capacity for quality improvement in the region, identifying and disseminating successful interventions within the continuum of HIV services and sustaining the achieved regional results.
- Using community level data to link public health strategies with clinic and service level improvement initiatives.
NYLinks builds regional groups consisting of everyone--public and private--who provide services to HIV+ individuals. The purpose of these groups is to share best practices, develop a common Quality Improvement culture, and work, both individually and regionally, to improve linkage to care, engagement in care, and viral load suppression among PLWDHA through the use of shared data, competition, networking, and peer learning.