The Health & Disability Working Group (HDWG)

The Health & Disability Working Group (HDWG) advances health and well-being of vulnerable populations through research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and training for policy makers, providers, and consumers of health care.

What's New at HDWG

Addressing Barriers to Care: the Med-HEART Project
The Health & Disability Working Group and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program  have partnered to establish the Med-HEART (Medical Home-HIV Evaluation & Resource Team) project that serves as evaluation and technical assistance center for nine demonstration sites. As part of a five-year HRSA initiative, Building Medical Homes for Multiply Diagnosed HIV Homeless Populations, these sites will design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions to improve timely entry, engagement, and retention in HIV care and supportive services for people who are homeless and living with HIV. 
Med-HEART website

Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and Children with Vision and Eye Health Needs
On Jan. 14 the Catalyst Center and the National Center for Children's Vision & Eye Health held a joint webinar on how the ACA may affect children's access to vision and eye health care. Webinar transcript, answers to questions, and presentation slides are available.
Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and Children with Vision and Eye Health Needs

Jeopardy Game Teaches Oral Health Providers About Treatment for PLWHA
Who doesn’t like to win? The Evaluation Center for HIV and Oral Health (ECHO) program has designed a two-hour, fun-filled jeopardy game designed to educate and engage dental students and oral health  providers.  Learners compete by busting myths and learning facts about oral health treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). 
HIV and Oral Health Provider Jeopardy Game

PEER Center resources available
Although the PEER Center project ended over a year ago, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees, clinics, and  organizations serving HIV-positive clients continue to request toolkits to train HIV-positive peers and implement peer programs to support their clients living with HIV.
PEER Center