The Linkage to Care Peer Navigation Training Program: an Internal Assessment of this Novel Training Program

Donna J. Smith, Director, Linkage to Care Peer Navigator Training Program, Community Research Center, School of Public Health. - In the Atlanta metropolitan area, it is estimated that over 60% of all HIV-positive persons are not in medical care. This is clearly a public health crisis. Peer Navigators are increasingly acknowledged as a critical component in efforts to reach those persons who are not in care because of their ability to establish effective rapport with the target populations. The Linkage to Care Peer Navigator Training Program is designed to prepare HIV+ young black gay and bi men and transgender women of color as Peer Navigators, to help link to medical care those who have been recently diagnosed as HIV-positive, as well as those who know their status but have fallen out of care.