Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Evaluating the Mpowerment Project by reflecting on its Guiding Principles

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In addition to tracking the number of men attending M-groups and outreach activities, it’s important for Coordinators to think about how Project activities relate to the Mpowerment Project’s Guiding Principles. The Coordinators should continually review the Guiding Principles to ensure that the Project is being implemented in accordance with them. 


For example, Coordinators must remember that the Project should:

  • focus on social issues as a way of attracting young adult gay and bisexual men
  • help empower the young men involved
  • strive to develop a stronger sense of community through the development of more social networks among young men 
  • infuse all Project activities with HIV prevention messages

Being a Coordinator rather than a volunteer requires a broader overview of the Mpowerment Project goals, objectives, and methods. 

Ultimately it is the Coordinators’ responsibility to ensure that these principles and others are being applied throughout all aspects of the Project. Some key areas for the Coordinators to pay attention to are described below. 

RELATEDWhat characteristics make for a successful coordinator?  


MPO Latino Oasis. Mpowerment New York City.

Empowerment of Volunteers


It is very important that the Coordinators continually consider the extent to which they are empowering volunteers, including those involved in the Core Group. By having the volunteers make and implement decisions about the Project, they gain a real sense of ownership of the Project and its activities. As a result, they will be more willing to work on the Project, and more likely to take its messages and goals as their own. This includes an increased willingness to spread the message of the importance of HIV testing and safer sex to their friends, publicize the Project’s activities through word-of-mouth to their friends, and invite their friends to join the Project.

This approach is one of the unique components of the Mpowerment Project—namely that the process of working on a product or event often is as important as getting the product or event completed. For instance, consider the following scenario. A Coordinator could work by himself to develop materials to promote HIV testing or safer sex, and often could do so in less time than if he were to delegate the task to volunteers. However, suppose instead that he worked with two volunteers to create those materials and afterwards they expressed pride at having done so. Then the extra time it took the volunteers to carry out this task was more than justified by their sense of accomplishment and a feeling that the material’s message is their own.

For this reason, it is critical for the Coordinators to continually evaluate if volunteers are feeling a sense of ownership for the Project or if, instead, they feel that the Coordinators make all the decisions and do the most important work. It’s also worthwhile remembering that once volunteers gain experience working on any task, the Coordinator can spend less time working with them in the future, so the initial investment in time is likely to result in a time- savings later on.

RELATEDHow to run a Core Group. via Mpowerment YVR (Vancouver BC).

RELATED4 easy steps for involving volunteers. Mpowerment Project best practices. 
Mpowerment New Haven CT

Always
Reflect, reflect, reflect.
Ask yourself: 
Are we following the Guiding Principles of the Project?” 

Diversity of Participants

Another area that requires constant monitoring is to what extent programs are reaching diverse segments of gay/bisexual men in the community. It is the responsibility of the Coordinators to keep revisiting this issue, and bringing it up at Core Group meetings.

By periodically referring back to the community assessment results (See the Mpowerment Manual, Module 2: Community Assessment), the Coordinators and Core Group can determine if all the groups of young adult gay/bisexual men in the community are represented at Project activities. Concerted efforts are necessary to ensure that formal outreach targets diverse groups, and that diverse groups are part of the Core Group and participate in M-groups.

When the Mpowerment Project was first implemented at several research sites, Coordinators successfully attracted many young gay/bisexual men of color into the Core Group and M-groups. In fact, these segments of young men ended up being overrepresented in both areas by comparison to demographics of the cities involved. This demonstrates that it is possible to reach such groups even if they have been underrepresented in community programs in the past.

RELATED11 themes to address in implementing Mpowerment for young Black gay and bisexual men 
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Openness of the Core Group


The Project Coordinators need to reflect continually about the Core Group in order to ensure diversity in its membership. Of equal importance, however, is ensuring that the Core Group does not become cliquish and turn into a social club that does not actively welcome and encourage new participants. Since the Coordinators are central to the Core Group’s successful functioning, they play a significant role in maintaining the group’s openness. 

RELATED: 3 easy to remember motivators for joining your MP Core Group 

Read more about coordinators, including supervision best practices, in Module 4: Coordinators. Module 4 is a free download at www.mpowerment.org


Module 4: Coordinators:  Objectives

To familiarize you with the role of Project Coordinators, including: 
  1. their responsibilities;
  2. how to configure their roles when there is more than one Coordinator; 
  3. characteristics of effective Coordinators;
  4. use of behavioral objectives to supervise Coordinators, including sample behavioral objectives; 
  5. their training needs; and
  6. Coordinator evaluation duties. 



The Mpowerment Project is one of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) effective interventions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Characteristics of effective Mpowerment Coordinators

Coordinators need to possess strong leadership skills, and the most successful Coordinators are those who are self-starters, extremely responsible, and well organized

These traits are critical because the Coordinators oversee a broad range of activities including M-groups, Social Outreach Events, outreach at bars and community events, publicity, administration, and ongoing evaluation. 

Coordinators must possess
a high degree of maturity,
 regardless of their chronological age,
 and be self-starters, 
extremely responsible, and well organized. 


RELATED:  What is the Mpowerment Project? Download Module 1: Mpowerment Overview.

Coordinators also must possess a high degree of maturity, regardless of their chronological age. They must be willing to be reflective about the Project’s functioning and their roles within the intervention. Hiring Coordinators who have a strong personal commitment to HIV/AIDS prevention or to gay community issues, as demonstrated through their past work and/ or volunteer history is also extremely important. If Coordinators don’t have a strong personal commitment to the goals of the Project, it will be extremely difficult to motivate them to conduct Informal Outreach through their own friendship networks or to put in the effort required to make the Project successful. Furthermore, Coordinators who require a step-by-step cookbook approach to guide them in performing their jobs are unlikely to be able to perform these complicated roles effectively.


Coordinators should be outgoing,
 comfortable talking to strangers, social, welcoming,
 passionate about HIV prevention
 and community-building,
 willing to share decision-making power,
 and enthusiastic about conducting
 all of the Core Elements. 

An important part of being a Coordinator involves motivating other people to plan and carry out activities, and sharing ownership of the Project with them. Coordinators who share responsibilities for decision-making with Project participants—instead of just telling them what to do or assigning volunteer tasks—are more successful. The reality is that Coordinators can’t do all the work themselves, and they will accomplish a great deal more if they work collaboratively with others using a nonhierarchical organizational approach. Also, by sharing the authority for developing plans and making decisions with other Project participants, Coordinators are advancing an important goal of the Project, namely empowering the young gay and bisexual men’s community.



There are many ways that effective Coordinators accomplish this. One key strategy is to encourage Core Group members to reflect on their roles and decisions, including the implications of their decisions. It is not the role of the Coordinators to tell the group exactly what to do or to overtly point out mistakes. This approach fosters a sense of empowerment among Project volunteers and builds strong decision-making skills, while at the same time it keeps the group on track. 

RELATED3 easy to remember motivators for joining your MP Core Group
RELATED8 clever ways to support and supervise volunteers (and avoid burnout).
RELATED: 4 easy steps for involving volunteers.


the coordinators of The Q Austin, Mpowerment TX

Coordinator best practices:
the Mu Crew, Mpowerment Dayton OH

Read more about coordinators, including supervision best practices, in Module 4: Coordinators. Module 4 is a free download when you register at www.mpowerment.org

Module 4: Coordinators:  Objectives

To familiarize you with the role of Project Coordinators, including: 
  1. their responsibilities;
  2. how to configure their roles when there is more than one Coordinator; 
  3. characteristics of effective Coordinators;
  4. use of behavioral objectives to supervise Coordinators, including sample behavioral objectives; 
  5. their training needs; and
  6. Coordinator evaluation duties. 




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Obamacare / Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Enrollment 2016 - What Mpowerment Projects Can Do.

Everyone needs access to affordable health care, especially young adult bisexual and gay men. 

Millennial young bisexual and gay men's lives are in transition. There is a lot going on. Moving out, being independent, finding a job and/or going to a University or Community College.  Why is it important to think about preventative health care?  Yes, well gay men are at increased risk for certain chronic diseases and mental health problems. HIV infections are also increasing among young adult gay and bisexual men.  Think about it, nobody should go broke because they become ill, need medications or break an arm. Let's make it a goal to get more young men enrolled in health insurance. 


Mpowerment Long Island NY

Open Enrollment Deadlines

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment 2017 starts. This is the first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change health plans for 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: You must enroll in or change health plans by this date for your health plan to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 insurance starts if you enrolled or changed plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
Find someone nearby to help you to apply. Click me.

Save these dates...participate!
December 5th to 10th - LGBT Enrollment Week of Action
December 10th - National Youth Enrollment Day of Action
Dec. 15th - Deadline for coverage that starts January 1st, 2017

We need your help to keep things moving in the right direction for young adults. What can your Mpowerment Project do to encourage discussion about the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare?  Mpowerment Projects (MP) can bring awareness and information about enrolling in health insurance coverage to their participants. Let these helpful sites guide you.


The Affordable Care Act helps young adult gay and bisexual men living with HIV. Here are some of the many ways that Obamacare helps everyone living with HIV.  


SOMOS OC, Mpowerment Orange County CA

Mpowerment Projects can host discussion events on the importance of health insurance coverage and why young adult gay and bisexual men can benefit from having insurance. Have your Core Group members discuss ideas on how to get more young men enrolled in health care.

Share me!  Out 2 Enroll features a series of shareables. They've go reminders about the start of enrollment, free in-person LGBTQ-friendly assisters, and more. (Facebook / Twitter)


Social Media Kit:  Our friends at HHS have put together an awesome toolkit, which includes key Open Enrollment messages, graphics and video, a social media calendar and more. It will be updated throughout Open Enrollment and will be a one-stop shop for #GetCovered content.  Check it out here.  
#HealthyAdulting is a new Young Invincibles campaign to provide resources to Millennials on all things coverage to care. Check it out here

Hashtag me: #GetCovered |  #WhyImCovered | #HealthyAdulting







Articles of interest / Articles to discuss with your participants.




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Enroll America talking points on the Election and the ACA
  • Now that the election is over, we know that consumers, navigators, and partners have expressed concerns and asked questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act and their ability to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Marketplace.
  • That is particularly true for the more than 12 million Americans who have come to count on the coverage they’ve purchased through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and another 15 million who have gained coverage through Medicaid since 2013.
  • Both groups are deeply worried about what the election results mean for their health, their families, and their financial security.
  • As of now, nothing about the Affordable Care Act marketplace has changed, and consumers who enroll and pay their first premium by December 15 will have coverage starting January 1.
  • We know that consumers have questions about the election and the implications for their coverage moving forward, and we will be paying close attention to this topic.
  • If anything were to change about their coverage options for 2017, our staff, volunteers and partners will be available to help consumers understand what it means for them.
  • But right now, it is critically important to reassure consumers that nothing has changed.
  • Open enrollment is ongoing right now, and consumers should continue to enroll.
  • And the excitement we’ve seen from consumers, and the dedication and energy we’ve seen
  • from the enrollment community, makes us optimistic about what we can accomplish during this enrollment period. 
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Enroll America Q&A on the Election and the ACA Q&A

Q. What do you think President Trump and the Republican Congress will do about the Affordable Care Act?
  • I can’t speculate about what actions the President or Congress might take in the future.
  • What I can say is that as of now, nothing has changed about the fourth enrollment period – not dates, not plans, and not prices.
  • Furthermore, a “full repeal on Day 1” likely won’t be possible because of the 60 vote threshold to move legislation in the Senate.
  • So even if reconciliation legislation is used to roll back parts of the Affordable Care Act, it’s likely that 2017 plans will remain in place.
  • That’s particularly true because both issuers and Members of Congress have expressed a desire to avoid disruptions and do no harm to consumers already in the system.
  • Assisters in the HealthCare.gov states are already funded through September 2017, and that funding can’t be revoked.
  • That means free, expert assistance will continue to be available to consumers throughout the enrollment period and beyond.
  • So the bottom line is that as of now nothing has changed, and consumers can still enroll in affordable coverage that will help to meet their families’ healthcare needs.

Q. What are you doing to get the word out to consumers who make think that Obamacare has already been repealed?
  • Our staff and our partners are already actively engaged in reaching out to consumers to enroll in coverage during the open enrollment period, and energy and enthusiasm has been high.
  • So they are all perfectly positioned to let consumers know that – no matter what happened in the election – they are still able to get financial help and enroll in a plan right now.
  • Over the next few months, we’ll be working tirelessly to spread the word and help as many people as possible enroll in or renew their coverage.

Q. But how can you in good faith tell consumers to enroll when it’s almost certain the law will be repealed?
  • Because it’s absolutely true that as of now, nothing has changed.
  • Consumers can enroll in coverage right now, pay their premium by December 15, and begin using their insurance for medical care on January 1.
  • Any changes will not impact consumers until after the new Administration and Congress is sworn in, and even if they do choose to make changes, those changes may not impact consumers for a year or more.
  • But right now, consumers can receive financial help to enroll in coverage, and use that coverage to access care. 
  • That is an incredibly important opportunity for millions of American families, and we want to make sure they know it is still available to them. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mpowerment training: Welcome to the Bay Area.

Welcome to the bay area. Here is a list of things to do above-and-beyond the Mpowerment training.

Contents:

  • The Castro 
  • San Francisco
  • Weather check
  • Mission Bay (where the Mpowerment training takes place).


The Castro.

The GLBT History Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people, and the communities that support them. Located in San Francisco's Castro District, The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

'Out of the Bars and into the Streets.' An audio-walking tour about Harvey Milk and the rise of gay power.  Download the tour map and audio guide here.

Check out a movie at the historic Castro Theater. 

Castro district, neighborhood guide: My Castro

San Francisco.


'The best way to see San Francisco is by bike.' Consider taking a bike tour with Daniel and Tim. Streets of San Francisco Bicycle Tours.



San Francisco bucket list: Things to do in SF before you die. YES on 33,34, 58 and 60!

The history of San Francisco landmarks that no one told you


Weather check
Packing? San Francisco five day weather forecast.
It is (usually) cooler and (often) windy. Check to see if you will need a wind-breaker / jacket and a umbrella for showers.  SF average rain and temperatures.

The Mpowerment training is being held at:
Mission Hall - UCSF Mission Bay
550 16th St, Room 1401/2
San Francisco, CA 94158
You will need to show your ID to security in the lobby. Security will have a list of training attendees. 
Mission Hall - UCSF Mission Bay

Mission Hall - UCSF Mission Bay
UCSF Mission Bay Campus Map
The Ramp is only a seven minute walk from Mission Hall. Originally a bait shop in the '50s, The Ramp has morphed into a fun and casual restaurant. A local-favorite. (walking-directions).

You may want to begin exercises your legs for the hills.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Mpowerment Project+

The Mpowerment Project has been enhanced to help young MSM (YMSM) living with HIV to engage in the HIV treatment cascade. 

Introduction

This blog summarizes the adaptations that UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, along with our community partners, have made to the original Mpowerment Project model to ensure that it addresses the needs of young gay, bisexual, and other MSM living with HIV, and continues to be a dynamic and effective community-level HIV prevention program for the entire young gay men’s community.  The National Institute of Mental Health is supporting this work. 

RECOMMENDED:  What is the Mpowerment Project?  Download Module 1: Overview.

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Background

The Mpowerment Project (MP) has been enhanced to help young gay, bisexual, and other MSM (YMSM) living with HIV to engage in the HIV care continuum. The Mpowerment Project+ (MP+) builds on the Mpowerment Project “model” to mobilize YMSM in the community to decrease psychosocial barriers (e.g., reducing HIV stigma) and increase psychosocial facilitators (e.g., increasing social support for engaging in care, increasing literacy about HIV treatment) to support YMSM living with HIV in order to increase their engagement in care. The MP model involves implementing the program’s original core elements for all YMSM regardless of HIV status, but for MP+ all the core elements have been adapted to also support engagement in care. In addition, three new core elements have been developed: the Positive Living Group and the Support Networks Group (both described below). Finally, we encourage the use of a Peer Navigator in the program. 

The overarching goal of the project is to build an empowered, cohesive, and mobilized YMSM community that supports each other about HIV prevention. MP+ does not solely focus on YMSM living with HIV for four reasons:

First, the social networks of YMSM who are living with HIV include both HIV-negative men as well as men living with HIV. Therefore, to maximize social support for engagement in HIV care and to reduce HIV stigma, it is necessary to mobilize peers, regardless of their HIV status. 

Second, concerns about HIV stigma dissuade many YMSM who are living with HIV from participating in a program if it is perceived as being solely for men who  are living with HIV. Therefore, MP+ weaves in information specific to men who are living with HIV throughout all of the intervention’s core elements and also targets the entire community of YMSM to support engagement in the HIV treatment cascade. 

Third, for YMSM men who are unaware of their HIV infection, or who are HIV-negative, HIV prevention messages are diffused throughout the community to create positive social norms and increase social support to promote regular HIV testing, reduce unprotected sex, and increase awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Diagnosis of HIV infection is the first step of the HIV treatment cascade. 

The fourth reason is that the project space is a social environment for YMSM living with HIV to disclose their status to others and receive emotional, informational, and practical support from other YMSM regardless of their HIV status.

RELATED:  What is the Mpowerment Project?  Download Module 1: Overview.

Holatinos, Mpowerment New York City NY
The MP+ is
  • Focused on social change (e.g., changes social norms, increases social support), interpersonal change (e.g., addresses couples’ dynamics), structural change (e.g., provides a community center for men to gather and builds a supportive community, addresses the environment in which men live, provides condoms and lube at the project site and throughout the community through outreach), and increasing personal and community empowerment.
  • A combination prevention strategy – it focuses on individual, interpersonal, social, and structural issues, and links both a social/behavioral intervention approach with biomedical methods.
  • A community mobilization strategy, using community organizing methods.A social marketing approach. 
  • An approach that addresses social determinants of health (e.g., heterosexism, racism, low education levels, low SES, internalized oppression).
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Adaptations to Existing MP Core Elements

The following sections describe how MP’s existing core elements have been adapted to focus on men living with HIV in order to support them to engage in care. Examples are provided. All of the core elements are adapted to focus on prevention with positives (PwP), internalized and externally expressed HIV stigma reduction, social support to engage in the HIV care continuum, social norms about engaging in the HIV care continuum, HIV treatment literacy, and critical analysis regarding reducing  transmission risk.

There are some activities that are exclusively for men living with HIV (the new groups and some social activities). It may be challenging to recruit men living with HIV to these activities early on in the project, until they begin to feel openly accepted at the project space, see the emphasis on confidentiality, and observe the anti-HIV stigma messaging that will be diffused in the community. But as trust is built, men living with HIV are more willing to attend project-sponsored activities designed specifically for them.

     Coordinators. Coordinators are trained in care, treatment, and adherence issues, as well as available local HIV-related resources. Besides having at minimum 1.5 FTE for MP (two or more FTE is far better), the additional components require an additional Coordinator. It is important to have a Coordinator who is living with HIV, is “out” about his HIV status, and is able to discuss issues about living with HIV from his own experience. 

     The Core Group (CG). The CG is the decision making body for MP+. It mobilizes men from the entire YMSM community and actively recruits YMSM from diverse social networks. In addition, priority is placed on recruiting some CG participants who are open about living with HIV and are comfortable discussing HIV-related issues. The CG analyzes the root causes for why some YMSM living with HIV do not fully engage in HIV care, and from those discussions they derive project-based solutions and carry out activities specifically about engaging in HIV care, why it is important to take HIV medications regularly if living with HIV, and the importance of getting tested regularly for HIV for persons who may be at risk. They also discuss how to reduce HIV stigma in the YMSM community, and the CG will enact the solutions they generate.


     M-groups. These are one-time, 3-hour skills building sessions for 10-12 YMSM that address the issue of HIV related stigma and emphasize that HIV treatment is highly effective in keeping people living with HIV healthy and virally suppressed. Myths about medications are dispelled (e.g., that they change the way a person looks, that they cannot be taken if the person is drinking alcohol or using recreational drugs). M-groups also discuss the importance of regular testing for HIV if sexually active, and information about the availability of PrEP and PEP for men who are HIV negative. In addition, participants in M-groups learn about and are motivated to conduct Informal Outreach with their friends, specifically about engaging in care if living with HIV and getting tested at least every 6 months if HIV negative.

     Informal outreach. This core element is about spreading messages to and supporting friends about HIV prevention, in which YMSM support their HIV-negative friends to get tested for HIV at least every six months, reduce their sexual risk behavior, consider using PrEP, and attend an M-group. Informal outreach to YMSM’s friends who are living with HIV, involves encouraging them to take their medications every day, see their healthcare provider at least twice per year, attend an M-group, and attend the Positive Living Group and the Support Network Group.  

     Project space. The space is a comfortable hang-out or drop-in location that is welcoming to all YMSM. It is a place where YMSM can relax and be themselves, easily obtain condoms and lube, obtain referrals including culturally sensitive HIV testing and treatment sites, and for local mental health (e.g., depression) services. YMSM can also receive materials about how to talk with healthcare providers in order to get their needs met. Posters are on display concerning tips for remembering to take medications every day, to remember not to make assumptions about others’ HIV status, and that the space is a “gossip-free” environment pertaining to others’ HIV status. There is also information about PrEP and PEP and where to obtain them. All such materials need to be created so that they are visually compelling, culturally appropriate, and appropriate for participants’ reading levels. 


     Project sponsored social events. Project sponsored events are meant to attract diverse YMSM to the project. The events target a range of issues that are important to all YMSM, and they also include content with an explicit focus on issues critical for those living with HIV. For example, weekly discussion groups can sometimes focus on coming out as gay and living with HIV, HIV stigma in the YMSM community, or on dating and relationships when someone is living with HIV. Community forums can focus on issues such as how to support friends living with HIV, spirituality, churches’ acceptance of YMSM in general and those living with HIV in particular, or treatment updates by HIV care providers. Some social events will be exclusively for men living with HIV, whereas other social events target all YMSM.  


     Outreach materials. Outreach materials distributed at project sponsored events and at community venues contain information about HIV prevention, the importance of engaging in HIV care, how to support friends living with HIV to engage in healthcare, and messages to decrease HIV stigma (e.g., reducing gossip about others’ HIV infection).

The Q Austin, Mpowerment Texas

Three Additional Core Elements for MP+

In addition to the previous core elements, in MP+ there are three new core elements that have been specifically created for YMSM living with HIV. 

     Positive Living Groups. Since young men living with HIV want to talk with and get support from other men who are also living with HIV, one-time, 3-hour meetings of 8 – 12 men living with HIV were created. The groups are semi-structured and incorporate discussion, games, and fun educational content to help facilitate information sharing and encourage social support. The group addresses literacy about why medications are important to take and the importance of seeing your healthcare provider at least twice a year, feelings about living with HIV and taking medications, how to obtain emotional, informational and practical support about fully engaging in HIV care (including referral and retention in care and adherence to HIV medications), dating and disclosure of HIV status to others, relationships and sex, and how to prepare for and get the most from visits with a medical provider. Confidentiality is stressed. 

     Support Network Groups. These groups bring together YMSM living with HIV and 1-3 of their close friends or family members for the purpose of building support for men living with HIV. The meetings are 2-hours long and, through a mix of role play and discussion, increase awareness around what it means to be virally suppressed, how to become virally suppressed (adherence to medications), and ways to support the men living with HIV to remain in care.

     MP+ Navigator (MPN). When MP+ Coordinators learn that participants who are living with HIV are not actively linked into care, the Coordinators will refer them to the MPN who, along with the Project Coordinator(s), will connect them with HIV treatment facilities and other services and help them develop ways to remind themselves to take their daily medications. MPN is not case management but does provide support, information, and referrals to case managers. MPN closely supports YMSM living with HIV to ensure that they link to and stay in care. Project sponsored activities encourage YMSM throughout the community to support their friends living with HIV to talk with a Coordinator or the MPN so that they receive services that will support them to link to, stay in, or re-engage in HIV healthcare and treatment, and to take their medications. 


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