Journal Summarizes Results of Ryan White end+disparities ECHO Collaborative
A journal article summarizes the recently-concluded work of a HRSA-funded quality improvement learning collaborative, which documented and focused on improving viral suppression rate improvements among four groups hit hardest by HIV: men who have sex with men of color, Black/African American and Latina women, youth aged 13 to 24 years, and transgender people.
The report, Reducing Disparities: A Virtual Quality Improvement Collaborative Resulted in Better Health Outcomes for 4 Target Populations Disproportionately Affected by HIVExit Disclaimer, is in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (March/April 2022 edition).
Study results from the end+disparities ECHO Collaborative, summarized as follows, reflect improvements in overall and population-specific viral suppression rates among people who get medical care from HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which increased from 69.5% (2010) to 89.4% (2020).
"A total of 90 providers were included in the data analyses with an average of 110 775 reported patients, out of which 19 442 represented the targeted populations. The average viral suppression rates for agency-selected populations increased from 79.2% to 82.3% (a 3.9% increase), while the remaining caseload increased at a lower rate from 84.9% to 86.1% (a 1.4% increase). The viral suppression gap was reduced from 5.7% to 3.8%, a 33.5% reduction. Improvements were found across all target populations."