Using Implementation Mapping to Ensure the Success of PrEP Optimization Through Enhanced Continuum Tracking (PrOTECT) AL -A Structural Intervention to Track the Statewide PrEP Care Continuum in Alabama

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  • Introduction:Ending the HIV Epidemic initiatives provide a unique opportunity to use implementation scientific methods to guide implementation of evidence-based practices and evaluate their effectiveness in real-word settings to improve HIV inequities. This report demonstrates our use of Implementation Mapping (IM) to engage participating county health departments, AIDS services organizations, and community-based organizations in the development of a data dashboard to track the PrEP care continuum for the state of Alabama, an Ending the HIV Epidemic hotspot.Methods:Our project is guided by an overarching Implementation Research Logic Model and by the tenets of IM, a 5-step approach to support researchers and community partners in the systematic selection, development, and/or tailoring of implementation strategies to increase program adoption, implementation, and sustainability.Results:Step 1, the needs assessment, established baseline data elements for a PrEP care continuum for participating community-based organizations, AIDS services organizations, and the state health department as well as investigated their desire for data visualization and willingness to share data to inform initiatives to improve PrEP access. Step 2 identified adaptability, relative advantage, and complexity as determinants of intervention adoption. Based on findings from steps 1 and 2, the investigators and community partners determined to move forward with development of a data dashboard. Step 3 identified the following implementation strategies to support a dashboard, including development of educational materials, synchronous and asynchronous training, technical assistance, and improved record systems.Discussion:Using IM supports community-engaged researchers in designing strategies to end the epidemic that are context-specific and more impactful in real-word settings.
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  • Creger T; Burgan K; Turner WH; Tarrant A; Parmar J; Rana A; Mugavero M; Elopre L
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  • S161
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  • S166
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  • 90