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Positively Living & Choice Health Network

Summary 
  • Need: To provide healthcare and support to thousands of East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use disorder, and homelessness and dealing with LGBT discrimination.
  • Intervention: Positively Living & Choice Health Network provides services like a medical clinic and pharmacy, therapy, client services like housing aid and transportation, and a harm reduction program.
  • Results: The program currently serves 6,000 individuals and families through its offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and rural Cookeville and its mobile medical unit for rural communities.

Description

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, in 2019, there were 17,864 people in the state living with HIV, a rate of 261.6 per 100,000 people.

Positively Living logo

Positively Living & Choice Health Network is a public health nonprofit that provides healthcare and support to those living with HIV/AIDS as well as other vulnerable populations living in a rural 11-county region around urban Knoxville, Tennessee. Originally created as a day center in 1996 for people with HIV/AIDS, the program now serves those with:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Substance use disorders

Services offered

The Knoxville office provides:

  • Medical care, including primary care, pharmacy, and telehealth
  • HIV prevention, including testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Client services, including emergency aid, case management, and therapy
  • Harm reduction, including syringe exchange, naloxone, and education
  • Harm reduction mobile outreach to rural Clairfield and Newport

The Chattanooga office provides:

  • Telehealth
  • HIV prevention, including testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Client services, including emergency aid, case management, and therapy
  • Naloxone distribution

The Memphis office provides:

  • Infectious disease and primary care
  • Client services, including emergency aid, case management, and referrals

The rural Cookeville office provides:

  • Telehealth
  • Client services, including emergency aid, case management, and therapy
  • Naloxone distribution

Results

Positively Living & Choice Health Network has offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and rural Cookeville and currently serves nearly 5,000 individuals and families through a medical clinic, client services program, and harm reduction program. For the 2019/2020 fiscal year, the program:

  • Served 157 PrEP clients
  • Provided 887 HIV tests and 713 hepatitis C tests
  • Served 5,000 harm reduction participants
  • Provided 16,460 client visits
  • Distributed 100,000 naloxone doses
  • Provided mental health services to 26 clients
  • Helped 94% of clients achieve viral suppression

Contact Information

Jessica Langer, Senior Director of Development & Marketing
Positively Living & Choice Health Network
865.525.1540 Ext. 239
Jess@choicehealthnetwork.org

Topics
Behavioral health
HIV and AIDS
Housing and homelessness
LGBTQ+
Substance use and misuse

States served
Tennessee

Date added
November 13, 2018

Date updated or reviewed
November 30, 2021

Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2021. Positively Living & Choice Health Network [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1040 [Accessed 25 September 2022]


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