SPNS IHIP Project

Integrating HIV Innovative Practices Project for Special Projects of National Significance


The Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) program provides funding and support to research projects around the country designed to investigate innovative ways to provide care and services to people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS in underserved communities. SPNS enlisted Impact to create, disseminate, and promote tools and events that would help providers better replicate the best practices and research findings from the SPNS program’s many research initiatives.

Impact created the Integrating HIV Innovative Practices (IHIP) project, which has helped hundreds of providers take tested SPNS innovation and turn it into practice. Impact team members pored through thousands of pages of research and conducted dozens of interviews with SPNS researchers to identify the most relevant best practices to synthesize into training tools, including easy-to-use training manuals, curricula, pocket guides, and Webinars. Impact also branded, designed, and helped disseminate and promote all IHIP products, including selecting presenters and hosting the Webinars for each initiative, managing the IHIP listserv and Web pages, conducting social media outreach and live tweeting during all Webinars, and even creating a Web badge so that partners could easily share IHIP materials on their own Websites and blogs.

IHIP resources have been created to train providers in the following topics:

  1. Integrating Buprenorphine Therapy into HIV Primary Care Settings

  2. Engaging Hard-to-Reach Populations in Primary Care

  3. Enhancing Linkages to HIV Primary Care and Services in the Jail Settings

  4. Innovations in Oral Health Care

  5. Expanding Access to Hepatitis C Treatment (Coming Soon)

IHIP products rank as the top viewed resources on the TARGET Center Website, the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau’s primary technical assistance center, and IHIP Webinar attendance has been at full capacity. We are proud that IHIP has resulted in more informed providers, better care delivery and, ultimately, healthier patients and communities.

You can learn more about Impact’s role in creating the IHIP project by clicking on the Case Study link. A brief summary flyer of the IHIP project can also be downloaded by clicking on the SPNS Translation Project Flyer under Related Work.