About Christian Community Health Center (CCHC)-Chicago, Illinois

CCHC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit African American-led FQHC on the far Southside of Chicago. CCHC provides primary care, oral health, behavioral health and substance abuse services, HIV prevention education, ambulatory care, and adherence educations services/case management to 308 People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), as well as permanent supportive housing, insurance and market place enrollment, and education services. CCHC has provided outpatient Level I and II treatment services since 2004.

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Adapted Model of Care: A Youth-Focused Behavioral Health Case Management Intervention

Intervention Service Population: Low income, underserved, predominantly African American communities on the far Southside of Chicago and surrounding south suburbs.

Intervention: The behavioral health-focused Care Engagement Program (CEP) will support the implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed models of care designed to reach, link, and retain Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) in HIV medical care and supportive services to achieve viral suppression and support increased overall well-being. The model will support African American adult (18+) BMSM that are new to HIV care, in intermittent care, or lost to care. The intervention will include strategies to integrate behavioral health services, including substance use disorder treatment, with HIV care to specifically address the needs of BMSM and improve their health outcomes.

CCHC proposes a Peer Case Management model to work directly on engaging or reengaging BMSM in care for improved health outcomes. Services provided by the Peer Case Managers will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Addressing participants’ behavioral health and substance abuse needs through internal and external referrals
  • Coordinating care with providers and specialists, and managing the exchange of information between providers and other human service providers
  • Coordinating transportation to and from appointments as needed
  • Providing other case management services to remove barriers to care such as job placement and permanent supportive housing referrals
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