About CrescentCare-New Orleans, Louisiana
CrescentCare is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 community-based organization which has provided HIV/AIDS services throughout southeast Louisiana since 1983. It has operated an array of HIV prevention programs as well as a continuum of medical and social services including primary medical care and comprehensive supportive services, such as case management, behavioral health, food programs, legal services, and housing. It is one of the largest AIDS Services Organizations in the southeastern United States.
Adapted Model of Care: Brothers United/The Damien Center Linkage to Care
Intervention Service Area: New Orleans EMA (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, St. James, St. Charles, and Plaquemines Parishes)
Intervention: CrescentCare has had significant success in engaging the Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) community at its satellite program called The Movement. The Movement is located in an area of New Orleans where many BMSM live as well as where many Black-owned businesses, bars, and social venues that BMSM frequent are located. The Movement provides HIV and STD testing, condom distribution, PrEP navigation and essential support navigation services, as well as outreach and intervention programs to improve linkage to and retention in care. This intervention will build on the trust that The Movement has established in the community to implement the Brothers United model to improve engagement, linkage to, and retention in care for BMSM and also address their behavioral health needs that affect linkage and retention.
CrescentCare will use their existing agency linkage to care program, CrescentCare Start Initiative (CCSI), to engage BMSM newly diagnosed through the ongoing HIV testing program as well as those who are currently out of care. BMSM, especially young BMSM, face many challenges to accessing and remaining in care, from transportation issues to substance abuse use. While CrescentCare has these services, they are not co-located in-house at The Movement’s safe space. This intervention will help shore up these services to provide behavioral health and case management specifically tailored to the BMSM community and embedded within The Movement to provide greater access to culturally specific services. This will be a one-stop shop from testing to treatment. This intervention will fill the gap between available medical services and the supportive services by providing individualized, long-term, one-on-one support that BMSM need in order to successfully manage their healthcare. This improved integration and support will be accomplished through a Case Manager and Behavioral Health Therapist on site at The Movement. The Case Manager will ensure coordination of primary care and HIV support services with CrescentCare’s clinic sites, and the Behavioral Health Therapist will provide services on-site at The Movement.