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Positively Living & Choice Health Network

Summary 
  • Need: To provide affirming, destigmatized healthcare and support to thousands of Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance use disorder, and homelessness – and prevention services for individuals at risk of contracting HIV.
  • Intervention: Positively Living & Choice Health Network provides services including a medical clinic, pharmacy, therapy, case management, client services like housing aid and transportation, HIV prevention, and a harm reduction program.
  • Results: The program currently serves 5,000 individuals and families through its offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Cookeville and its mobile medical unit for rural communities in Cocke and Claiborne counties.

Description

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, in 2021, there were 843 newly diagnosed individuals living with HIV, totaling to 19,523 people in the state living with HIV, a rate of 279.9 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 Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Memphis, and the surrounding counties for each location. Originally created as a day center in 1996 for people with HIV/AIDS, the program now serves those with:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Risk for contracting HIV
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Substance use disorders

Services offered

The Knoxville office provides:

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

The Chattanooga office provides:

  • Telehealth
  • HIV prevention, including testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • 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 Cookeville and currently serves 5,000 individuals and families through a medical clinic, client services program, and harm reduction program.

Contact Information

Reece Rose, Prevention and Outreach Manager
Positively Living & Choice Health Network
865.525.1540 Ext. 135
reece@choicehealthnetwork.org

Topics
Behavioral health
HIV and AIDS
Housing and homelessness
LGBTQI+
Mental health conditions
Substance use and misuse

States served
Tennessee

Date added
November 13, 2018

Date updated or reviewed
February 5, 2024

Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2024. Positively Living & Choice Health Network [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1040 [Accessed 24 April 2024]


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