Women Protecting Women: Case Management Alternatives for African-American Women at High Risk for HIV

James A. Inciardi, Principal Investigator
Hilary L. Surratt, Co-Principal Investigator

Initiated: 2006

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

The second phase of the Women Protecting Women project is testing innovative case management approaches designed to increase linkages and engagement with drug abuse treatment, HIV-related care, and other health services among an underserved population of drug-using African American women sex workers. Now in its third year, the study has enrolled and randomized approximately 400 women to one of two alternative case management conditions:

  • a Strengths-Based / Professional Only Condition; or,
  • a Strengths-Based / Professional/Peer Condition in which a team composed of a credentialed, professional case manager and a recovering addict peer develop and facilitate the implementation of a service plan.

Follow-up data collection is underway to assess the extent of service linkages, as well as changes in HIV risk behaviors, at 3 and 6 months post-intervention. Trends in preliminary outcome data suggest that the addition of the peer to the case management team is an effective mechanism for increasing service linkage rates among this highly vulnerable group of women.