Link-Up VanBuren/Cass assists HIV-positive individuals, living in Van Buren and Cass Counties, who are currently not accessing HIV/AIDS care.
Link-Up provides each individual short-term, intensive support through referrals to existing community support programs and/or engagement with an HIV medical provider.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Link-Up Van Buren/Cass is Van Buren and Cass County's new Data to Care (D2C) initiative. Link-Up utilizes HIV surveillance data to identify & contact HIV-positive individuals that are not currently receiving HIV medical care. Upon contact, Link-Up works with each individual to identify and address their medical and non-medical needs.
Medical Needs: Link-Up makes active referrals to HIV medical providers in the Van Buren/Cass area.
Non-Medical Needs: Link-Up makes active referrals to existing social support services to address barriers, such as:
> Mental Health Housing Transportation
> Medical Case Management
> Early Intervention Services (EIS) Psycho/Social Support
> Financial Distress Co-Pay Assistance
> Insurance Enrollment Job Training
> Food Assistance
> Nutrition Therapy and Counseling Legal Aid
> Adherence Counseling
Link-Up is FREE, confidential, and voluntary
HIV in Detroit (Pilot Program)
HIV Care Continuum
Link-Up/D2C is a partnership between Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Detroit Health Department.
WHAT DOES LINK-UP VAN BUREN/CASS MEAN FOR MEDICAL PROVIDERS?
1. Link-Up VB/CASS will actively refer HIV- positive individuals to Van Buren & Cass County medical providers.
2. If you encounter an HIV-positive individual that needs non-medical support (housing, transportation assistance etc.), Link-Up VB/CASS can connect them to appropriate non- medical support services in the area.
How can providers refer HIV-positive individuals to Link-Up VB/CASS?
1. Active referral - If your patient agrees, contact Link-Up VB/CASS with your patient.
2. Provide patient with Link-Up Van Buren/Cass's contact information:
Susan Oosterwal, RN, BSN
Phone: 269.621.3143 ext 1360
Note: Voicemail is secure and confidential.
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - e-mail is for questions only.
DO NOT send medical records or personal information via e-mail.