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For those living with HIV or AIDS, an accepting, comfortable health care setting can make all the difference. Since 1985, Alder Health Services has provided just that.

For HIV and AIDS patients: A new path to better health

For those living with HIV or AIDS, an accepting, comfortable health care setting can make all the difference. Since 1985, Alder Health Services has provided just that.

Based in Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alder is a dedicated advocate for the physical, mental and social service needs of those impacted by HIV or AIDS. Alder has especially welcomed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) persons and others who are underserved by traditional health care.

In December, the Highmark Foundation awarded Alder Health Services a $103,526 grant to support its HIV Treatment Adherence Program. This unique program is based on a successful pilot that demonstrated significant positive health outcomes for high-risk individuals who receive intensive case management, including treatment observance, screenings, and assistance with medication. Key to the program is providing support to patients through multiple, convenient touch points including text message reminders, follow-up phone calls and checkups.

In addition to the Highmark Foundation, Alder is partnering on the program with Coordinated Care Network Pharmacy and Quest Diagnostics.

"This generous Highmark Foundation grant of more than $100,000 will go a long way toward ensuring that our HIV-positive patients receive the high-quality care they deserve," said Rosemary Browne, president and chief executive officer of Alder Health Services.

"Last year, we served more than 300 people. This year, we expect to be able to serve 75 more, and we'll be able to contribute to the growing research about the efficacy of this more intensive medical management approach."

"The Highmark Foundation supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "This grant is an example of how we do that by partnering with local organizations to address critical issues such as HIV and AIDS.

"Especially now, the health care community in Pennsylvania is addressing disparities in the care of the LGBTQ community. We want to help get that care right."


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