The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
offers comprehensive primary care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Whatcom and Skagit Counties
The Interfaith Community Health Center Ryan White HIV/AIDS Primary Care Program (RW Program) offers comprehensive primary care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The RW Program is funded through a renewable federal grant under the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. The program currently serves approximately 150 people living with HIV/AIDS.
People living with HIV can access primary medical care services at ICHC in Bellingham. Primary care includes pharmaceuticals, lab services and specialty referrals.
Comprehensive dental care (cleaning, exam, prevention education, restorative care and specialty referral) is available through ICHC dentists. Any Whatcom or Skagit County person living with HIV may access this care.
ICHC offers an integrated behavioral health care program that coordinates patients’ behavioral health care needs with their ICHC primary care provider. Services include substance abuse referrals, mental health counseling, psychiatric consultations and HIV prevention counseling.
The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a group of professionals made up of primary care doctors, dentists, nursing staff, a behavioral health specialist, a nutritionist, the program administrator, infectious disease specialist Dr. Claire Beiser and Evergreen AIDS Foundation (EAF) case mangers. The MDT which meets twice a month focuses on providing the best care for each patient’s unique health needs. The goal of MDT is to make the experience of receiving HIV care manageable, understandable and promising.
Charges for RW Program services including labs, pharmacy and specialty care, may be covered by the federal grant. Patients must first exhaust all third party coverage (private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare) before grant funding may be used to cover charges. (EAF case managers assist patients who are not insured obtain coverage). Any charges not covered by insurance, may be partially or fully paid by the grant, depending on household size and income. No one will be turned away for inability to pay for services.
New patients wishing to schedule an appointment should contact RW Program Care Coordinator, 360-676-6177.
ICHC will arrange an orientation for new enrollees, and schedule an appointment with an HIV primary care provider.
For additional information on the RW Program, contact the RW Program Coordinator at 360-676-6177.
For case management services contact EAF: 360-671-0703. www.evergreenaids.org