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

Health & Disability Working Group Awarded 2.5 Million Cooperative Agreement to Improve HIV Care
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a five-year, $2.5 million cooperative agreement to HDWG to serve as the dissemination and evaluation center for an initiative to improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum. HDWG will adapt four previous care interventions for replication and evaluation, and will disseminate successful practices to clinics and other HIV caregivers. The first-of-its kind-initiative includes replication of two earlier HDWG projects: Targeted Outreach and Intervention Model Development for Underserved HIV-Positive Populations Not in Care; and the SMAIF Retention and Re-engagement Project.
Project Description on HRSA website
Announcement on BU SPH website

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

The Affordable Care Act and Value-Based Purchasing: What's at Stake for Children with Medical Complexity?
The ACA includes provisions that are designed to improve health care quality and the containment of health care costs. Central to these provisions are performance-based payment and care delivery models that shift from a traditional fee-for-service model to a greater focus on increased quality and accountability. This latest Catalyst Center policy brief explains how the ACA has the potential to maximize the health and well-being of children with medically complex conditions by increasing access to affordable care, high quality care, and appropriate care over the life course.
Policy brief: The Affordable Care Act and Value-Based Purchasing?

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