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AIDS Behav. 2019 Jan;23(Suppl 1):83-93. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2104-7.

An End-User Participatory Approach to Collaboratively Refine HIV Care Data, The New York State Experience.

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Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA.
Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology, Evaluation and Partner Services, New York State Department of Health, ESP, Corning Tower, Albany, NY, 12237, USA.
Office of the Medical Director, New York State Department of Health, New York, NY, USA.
Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA.
Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA.


Existing data dissemination structures primarily rely on top-down approaches. Unless designed with the end user in mind, this may impair data-driven clinical improvements to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention and care. In this study, we implemented a data visualization activity to create region-specific data presentations collaboratively with HIV providers, consumers of HIV care, and New York State (NYS) Department of Health AIDS Institute staff for use in local HIV care decision-making. Data from the NYS HIV Surveillance Registry (2009-2013) and HIV care facilities (2010-2015) participating in a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Systems Linkages and Access to Care project were used. Each data package incorporated visuals for: linkage to HIV care, retention in care and HIV viral suppression. End-users were vocal about their data needs and their capacity to interpret public health data. This experience suggests that data dissemination strategies should incorporate input from the end user to improve comprehension and optimize HIV care.


Data visualization; End-user; HIV; Participatory process


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