Missouri studies examine collaboration between HIV-focused agencies

Two recently published studies by the University of Missouri’s Nidhi Khosla examine cooperation between agencies and organizations serving people with HIV in Baltimore and offer suggestions for improving their services and measuring their collaboration.

"HIV remains a major health care concern in the U.S.," Khosla, an assistant professor of health sciences at the Missouri School of Health Professions, said. "The diversity in types of agencies can create problems in coordinating services, either in duplicating services or inadvertently ignoring a need or a population."

Kholsa’s first study, co-authored by Missouri assistant research professor of health informatics Iris Zachary, is titled “Perspectives of HIV agencies on improving HIV prevention, treatment and care services in the USA." It details six areas in which HIV agencies believe HIV prevention, treatment and care can be improved: focusing on HIV prevention; establishing common entry points for services; improving information availability; streamlining funding sources; removing competiveness; and building trust.

The second study, "Analyzing collaborating among HIV agencies through combining network theory and relational coordination," was co-authored by Jill Anne Marsteller, David Elliott and Yea Jen Hsu. It used social network theory and relational coordination to measure inter-agency collaboration, allowing for better understanding of the strong and weak points and the policies agencies need to develop to improve.

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