Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
The innovative, comprehensive model of care at the Dr. Peter Centre is improving people’s health, helping people find strength in the face of an incurable illness, and inspiring health care providers around the world.
Because we now know that an HIV positive person adhering to HIV treatment is 96% less likely to transmit the virus, we know we are also helping to reduce the spread of the disease.
The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation provides care to end AIDS.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The Dr. Peter Centre's model is very successful at helping vulnerable populations adhere to their medication and reduce their viral loads, which is critical to reducing HIV transmission in BC.
Studies have shown that within one year of admission to the Dr. Peter Centre Residence, clients had 36% fewer emergency visits – 543 fewer hours spent in the emergency room – and 72% fewer inpatient hospital days.
Equally as important, the Dr. Peter Centre is a community where HIV positive people can regain health, dignity and meaning in their lives.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
We are now expanding our reach and impact in response to the need for increased capacity and the complexity of HIV/AIDS care.
We are sharing our innovative model with more provincial, national and international health care providers to help them develop their skills and capacity to provide similar interdisciplinary care.
We are also expanding our direct care with Enhanced Supportive Housing Suites, which give life skills and greater independence to clients who were previously in the Dr. Peter Centre Residence. These suites are in close proximity to the Centre, allowing suite residents to come to the centre for meals, medication and specialized care. It also allows Dr. Peter staff to support the suites with housekeeping and other daily living supports.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Funding is always a consideration in planning for a non-profit such as the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, which is why we proactively seek a wide variety of sources, including government, foundations, corporations and individuals.
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