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Services and Resources for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Southcoast of Massachusetts: 'Can't Get There from Here!'

Journal of Nursing & Healthcare, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)

5 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2017  

Caitlin Stover

UMass-Dartmouth College of Nursing

Margaret B. Drew

UMass School of Law

Jason Potter

Northeastern University School of Law

Date Written: April 11, 2017

Abstract

Fall River and New Bedford, two diverse and economically challenged cities in the Southcoast region of Massachusetts, are areas of substantial concern in the effort to reduce HIV incidence and to provide effective services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth. In these two communities, HIV disparately impacts marginalized populations, with particularly high infection and prevalence rates among men who have sex with men and injection drug users in comparison to other Massachusetts localities. This project used community engaged research principles to conduct a community assessment guided by the social determinants of health. The primary goal of this study was to identify the gaps in resources and services and highlight challenges and barriers to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Fall River and New Bedford, Massachusetts. Transportation was a major barrier in not accessing available community services and resources.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, HIV Massachusetts, IDU public transportation, "social determinants of health", CBPR law, "needs assessment"

Suggested Citation

Stover, Caitlin and Drew, Margaret B. and Potter, Jason, Services and Resources for People Living with HIV/AIDS in the Southcoast of Massachusetts: 'Can't Get There from Here!' (April 11, 2017). Journal of Nursing & Healthcare, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952766

Caitlin Stover

UMass-Dartmouth College of Nursing ( email )

285 Old Westport Road
N Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States

Margaret Drew

UMass School of Law ( email )

333 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States
508-985-1126 (Phone)

Jason Potter (Contact Author)

Northeastern University School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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