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Project HERO

Project HERO is an extension of current work that uses evidence-based interventions to provide HIV treatment, behavioral health services, and housing to PLWH in the New Haven area. The study is one of twelve demonstration sites across the United States that will implement, evaluate, and disseminate innovative strategies for integrating HIV care, housing, and employment services into a coordinated intervention.

HERO builds on our former study, mHEALTH (Medical Home Engagement and Aligning Lifestyles and Transitions from Homelessness). The project will continue to enhance a community relationship with Liberty Community Services, the largest HUD and HOPWA service provider in the area. It also includes: the implementation of the Getting to Work Technical Assistance modules; training HERO staff in the Getting to Work initiative to increase the competence of all disciplines on employment and training opportunities for clients; facilitating maximum access to mainstream, disability and income-specific employment and occupational training services; and facilitating access to affordable and subsidized safe, decent and accessible housing. The project aims to have three key impacts:

Impact 1:

Improve linkage to care for PLH

Impact 2:

Increase use of a PCMH for PLH who are unstably housed or homeless

Impact 3:

Empower clients through employment resources with training and job placement assistance

Funding Provided by:
Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Period:
2017 - 2020


  • Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, Yale Center for Clinical and Community Research, Department of Medicine; Director, HIV in Prisons Program, Infectious Diseases; Director, Community Health Care Van, Intersection of Infectious Diseases and Substance Use Disorders/Addiction Medicine; Academic Icon Professor of Medicine, University of Malaya-Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA), Faculty of Medicine