The Linkage to Life Program: Rebuilding Broken Bridges for Minority Families Impacted by HIV/AIDS.

The Linkage to Life Program seeks to: (1) demonstrate the effectiveness of a family-centered, integrated health and social service network approach to reducing HIV/AIDS incidence and improving health outcomes among high-risk minority populations in transition from domestic violence, incarceration, and
substance abuse treatment; (2) address the health and social barriers that may contribute to HIV/AIDS incidence among high-risk, racial and ethnic minorities; and (3) assist in the prevention of generational cycles of behavior that increases risk of future HIV infection among dependent youth.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: None.

Fiscal Year 2010: This is a new program.

It is anticipated that funded projects will address the unmet needs of transitional racial and ethnic minority families at highest risk for HIV infection and/or living with HIV/AIDS and is expected to result in: increased access to a comprehensive continuum of HIV/AIDS treatment, primary healthcare, social, and supportive services; increased access to substance abuse and mental health treatment; increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and referral within transitional housing and substance abuse treatment programs; increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and referral for partners and dependent youth; improved adherence to a prescribed HIV treatment plan; improved health outcomes and survivability rates; decreased frequency of substance abuse relapses upon discharge from a treatment program; decreased recidivism rates at one year post-release from incarceration; increased leveraging and efficient use of resources and other assets through strategic partnerships; and increased capacity of communities to address social determinants of health and HIV risk.

Fiscal Year 2011: This is a new program.

It is anticipated that funded projects will address the unmet needs of transitional racial and ethnic minority families at highest risk for HIV infection and/or living with HIV/AIDS and is expected to result in: increased access to a comprehensive continuum of HIV/AIDS treatment, primary healthcare, social, and supportive services; increased access to substance abuse and mental health treatment; increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and referral within transitional housing and substance abuse treatment programs; increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and referral for partners and dependent youth; improved adherence to a prescribed HIV treatment plan; improved health outcomes and survivability rates; decreased frequency of substance abuse relapses upon discharge from a treatment program; decreased recidivism rates at one year post-release from incarceration; increased leveraging and efficient use of resources and other assets through strategic partnerships; and increased capacity of communities to address social determinants of health and HIV risk.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office: Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-2882.



Program Contact: Ms. Sonsiere Cobb-Souza, Acting Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8444.

Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8822.
Website Address

http://www.omhrc.gov