H2H currently uses Insti to perform rapid testing, which gives a result in as little as 60 seconds. Other tests include Syphilis, which requires a blood draw. HIV/STI testing is performed in-house at our office location as well as within the community in our mobile health unit. Our walk-in testing hours are from 10am-2pm Monday through Friday. An appointment is required for testing outside of the designated times.
Heart to Hand can be found at many community events within the Prince George’s and Montgomery County communities, providing HIV testing, health education, and health literacy about HIV and other STIs. H2H engages with multiple community organizations to bring health education and testing services to residents of these two counties. We will soon expand our reach to residents in the community during nontraditional hours. Learn more about our outreach events, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities here.
A program of the Washington, DC Department of Health (DOH) HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA), IMPACT will help H2H expand its HIV/STI screening and treatment capacity, include the provision of PrEP and nPEP within our medical practice, as well as increase our Community Health Worker program.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is federally mandated and includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or under insured. Our Ryan White funded services include Medical and Nonmedical Case Management, Early Intervention Services and HIV Testing, Outreach, and Medical Transportation.
Non-Medical Case Management increases access to support services for persons living with HIV. Our Non-Medical Case Manager/Benefits Coordinator assists people living with HIV in addressing social barriers that prevent individuals from obtaining a healthy quality of life – such as utility assistance, deposit and first month’s rent, food assistance, and other services as needed. Our Non-Medical Case Manager/Benefits Coordinator determines eligibility for Ryan White-funded services and facilitates access to benefit programs and other available community resources.
Medical Case Management improves the health outcomes of people living with HIV by identifying and removing barriers to medical care, engaging persons in continuous medical care, as well as supporting adherence to treatment regimens. Our Medical Case Managers assist in obtaining insurance and or medication, navigating medical and behavioral health systems, creating and maintaining a collaborative treatment plan, as well as educate and increase access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
The EIS program emphasizes the movement of HIV+ clients along the prevention to care continuum. EIS includes targeted testing, referral services, health literacy/health education, access and linkage to care. Many of our EIS services are provided through our peer Community Health Workers (CHW) that work directly with clients. CHWs support clients with transportation assistance, one-on-one education related to HIV diagnosis and treatment adherence, accompanying clients to ID and related medical appointments and home visits to engage individuals who have been lost to care.
Heart to Hand hosts two support groups, Helping Other Men Evolve and Sisters of the Heart. Both meet twice a month at 6pm. Interested persons must go through the Intake process to become a support group member. Please contact the office and ask for Erica Ward regarding membership in support group.
H2H can provide transportation for eligible individuals to and from our offices and other medical appointments based on need and availability. Transportation Is provided through our in-house van service or through car sharing such as Lyft. Transportation is scheduled based on the Case Managers evaluation of need.
H2H provides infectious disease care to HIV positive persons at our office. Our resident physician, Dr. Verma, has over 20 years of experience in medical care and is affiliated with Prince George’s County Hospital Center as well as Doctor’s Community Hospital. In addition, H2H is affiliated with Physician’s Rx Pharmacy to ensure continuous treatment adherence. Medications can be picked up on location or delivered to your home.