LOCATIONS

1ERC Main Office
100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 1020
Atlanta, GA 30303
2Comprehensive Intervention Clinic
100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 1025
Atlanta, GA 30303
3Behavioral Health & Outreach
100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 775
Atlanta, GA 30303

HOURS

Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thur - 9:00AM-8:00PM
Saturday by appointment only!
Sunday CLOSED

EMPOWERLINK PROGRAM

Linking PLWHA to Primary Care 

The EmpowerLink Program facilitates primary care linkages for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). Our Linkage Coordinator provides individual-level counseling designed to link/re-link individuals infected with HIV to medical care within 90 days of diagnosis. ERC uses ARTAS Linkage to Case Management (ALCM), an evidence-based intervention to assist client in managing and living with HIV. The ultimate goal of the program is for PLWHA to obtain primary care and better health outcomes. 

Approximately 85% of ERC clients are linked to primary care within 90 days of diagnosis through the EmpowerLink Program. 

Program Goal: To help clients locate needed resources to resolve the various individual and structural barriers to HIV medical care. 


SERVICES OFFERED UNDER THE EMPOWERLINK PROGRAM: 

  • Patient Advocacy Services 
  • Develop Individualized Goals to Enroll and Remain in Care 
  • Navigate the Ryan White Clinic Intake Process 
  • Direct Linkage to Medical Care & Treatment 
  • Transportation Services Restrictions Apply 
  • Health-related Resources 


WHY DO WE NEED EMPOWERLINK? 

ERC recognizes that early diagnosis and expedient care lengthens the time from HIV diagnosis to AIDS diagnosis and leads to better health outcomes. According to a recent CDC study: 

  • Many patients who self-navigate to access care become lost to care. 
  • 38.3% of patients diagnosed with HIV progress to AIDS within 1 year of HIV diagnosis. 
  • 6.78% of patients develop AIDS within 1 to 3 years of confirmed HIV infection. Video from incarecampaign.org 
  • Minority populations are more likely to have a late diagnosis. 
    • 46.1% of African-Americans; 
    • 47.2% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives; 
    • 48.4% of Hispanics/Latinos; and 
    • 50.4% of Asians. 
  • When compared by gender, 41.9% of women test late in their disease. 

Please contact our office at (404) 526-1145 for more information.

Achieving Better Health Outcomes: One Client At A Time

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