Beyond Blue Door: A research study to reduce knowledge and service gaps for people living with HIV (PLHIV) with precarious or no health insurance coverage
People living with HIV with precarious / no health care experience major barriers in accessing HIV care. This affects both people’s individual health as well as the overall public health response in curbing the HIV epidemic. In response to these needs, a coalition of health and community service agencies came together and developed the Blue Door Clinic, which has provided HIV treatment, community support and assistance, and links to ongoing services for people living with HIV with limited/ no health care coverage since September 2019.
Along with the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) as well as our collaborative partners we realize that we need to continue our work to build our knowledge evidence-based interventions to reduce health inequities and promote equitable access to our communities. The Beyond Blue Door Research Study was set up to address these objectives.
The study will engage PLHIV with precarious and no health insurance coverage and service providers working with them to learn about their experiences, evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Blue Door Clinic, and identify long term strategies to improve the care and well-being of our communities. The project is supported by the Endgame Research Funding from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.
Purpose and Objectives:
The Beyond Blue Door Research Project aims to:
- Generate knowledge on the determinants of HIV related health disparities experienced by PLHIV with precarious or no health insurance coverage
- Evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of the Blue Door Clinic initiative in supporting the linkage to stable, long-term primary care; and
- Identify evidence-based strategies to advance policy and service access for precariously/ non-insured PLHIV who experience marginalization.
Are you a person living with HIV (PLHIV) who faces barriers in getting health care or treatment due to lack of health insurance? We want to hear from you!
We want to learn from people living with HIV/AIDS who have experienced health care access challenges & service providers who work with our target communities. We would like to invite you to participate in: (a) interviews and focus groups to share your lived experiences and service experiences with the Blue Door Clinic; and/or (b) Ontario Cohort Study to document health data and outcomes of our target populations.
If you are interested to find out more, please contact our research project coordinator, Julia Eden (they/them), at firstname.lastname@example.org