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FIU: Researcher to Study Ryan White Health Services in West Palm Beach

Dr. Weiwei Chen, assistant professor in the department of health policy and management at the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, has been awarded a $75,000 grant for an intergovernmental agreement to study Palm Beach County’s Ryan White Part A health support services. The three-year study will look at how four service providers are delivering case management services for about 3,000 individuals who use the services.

“The study is driven by real needs from Palm Beach County and we are glad to work with them to address the questions they have in term of how well they and their service providers are doing in providing case management to clients,” said Dr. Chen.

The program is composed of “Parts,” each with a different purpose, particularly Part A, funds core medical and support services in eligible metropolitan areas and transitional grant areas.

It is expected that providers will differ in reached health outcome among clients served and differ in cost-effectiveness of their services. The study will also look to better understand the quality of services that are being provided to clients and the retention rate for each provider. Finally, the study looks to provide recommendations for standards of care that can improve future practices and clients’ health outcomes.

“I anticipate that the project will have a real impact on the HIV care community in Palm Beach County,” continued Dr. Chen. “By the end of the project, standards for quality case management will be updated for future practices in the county and there will be changes in how the case management services are delivered. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health outcomes of the clients as well as the efficiency in HIV case management and care delivery.”