Interventions that Work for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations

Interventions that Work for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations

July 2018

For many people living with HIV(PLWH), effective treatment begins with stable, secure, and adequate housing. Learn how two successful programs are addressing homelessness and housing instability and behavioral health disorders, improving client engagement and retention in care, and observing improved rates of viral suppression. Presenters will share their experiences and provide practical knowledge gained from their work as HRSA/HAB Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations demonstration sites.

During the webinar, presenters will explore:

  • Why the medical home model is an especially effective approach for PLWH experiencing homelessness or housing instability and co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders and other co-morbidities;
  • Organizational resources needed to implement these evidence-informed interventions; and
  • How to expand partnerships with providers to build a stronger care network for your HIV-positive clients.

Our presenters share best practices, intervention replication tips, and participate in a Q&A session. This webinar is brought to you by the SPNS Integrating HIV Innovative Practices (IHIP) project.


Manisha Maskay, Ph.D.Manisha Maskay, Ph.D.

Prism Health North Texas, Dallas, TX

Health, Hope, and Recovery (HHR)

Dr. Maskay, Chief Program Officer at Prism Health North Texas, formerly AIDS Arms, Inc., Dallas, TX has over 40 years of experience in public health, medical nutrition therapy, health education/communication and promoting behavior change. She has held leadership positions in health care, academic medicine and public health.  Dr. Maskay has received commendations for her contributions to public health and academic medicine. She serves as principal investigator for several studies including two funded by SPNS. Her diverse background, leadership and administrative skills as well collaborative abilities are key to the strategic development and growth of the HIV Prevention, Psychosocial and Behavioral Health programs as well as the integration of services to provide seamless care to clients.  


Angélica Palmeros, MSW  Angélica Palmeros, MSW  

City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, CA

Operation Link

Angélica Palmeros, MSW, is a Social Worker and Division Manager at the City of Pasadena Public Health Department. She currently oversees the Social and Mental Health Division, which includes HIV/STD, mental health programs, substance abuse prevention and treatment, homeless services and other special initiatives.  Ms. Palmeros is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Cal State Los Angeles, with a certification in Early Childhood Development, and has worked with children, families, homeless, mentally ill, addicted, STD and HIV/AIDS populations for 19 years. Through her work her mission is to better the lives of the underserved and unserved populations through advocacy, change in service delivery and the creation of innovative practices to remove barriers to social and mental health services. Ms. Palmeros was a member of the Los Angeles County HIV Commission on the Standards of Best Practices Committee, where she aided in developing over 28 Standards of Best Practices and Special Population Guidelines in different service categories that are currently being implemented throughout Los Angeles County. 


Precious JacksonPrecious Jackson

City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Pasadena, CA

Operation Link

Precious Jackson has work in the field of HIV for more than 20 years. She has worked with several community-based organizations in the capacity of Treatment Adherence Coordinator and Women's Program Coordinator. Ms. Jackson brought her skills and talents to the City of Pasadena - Pasadena Public Health Department as a Peer Navigator for the SPNS Medical Home for Homeless HIV Positive initiative in 2013.