Demonstration Sites

Under the HRSA-funded SPNS Initiative, the following organizations have been awarded funding to design, implement and evaluate interventions for the project.

Each of the 10 Demonstration Sites is developing and implementing interventions focused on reaching the overall project goals, specifically connecting HIV-positive Mexican and Puerto Rican identified Latinos with timely and quality HIV care to improve their health outcomes, as well as its own unique goals. Each site has developed goals and interventions specific to its community’s needs.

Sites are targeting their interventions to specific Latino subpopulations. Each site is either tailoring interventions to people self-identified as Puerto Rican (total of four sites) or to people self-identified as Mexican (total of six sites). In addition, sites are prioritizing the following subpopulations:

  •    Seven sites are targeting interventions to men who have sex with men (MSM)
  •    Four sites are targeting women 
  •    Two sites are targeting transgender women
  •    One site is targeting people who are incarcerated or newly released from jail
  •    One site is targeting partners of injection drug users (IDUs)


The table below outlines each Demonstration Site’s priority population:

To view detailed information about each site, see Demonstration Interventions.




Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc.

New York, NY

Puerto Rican MSM HIV+ or at high risk for HIV

Harlem United Community AIDS Center

New York, NY

HIV-positive Puerto Rican men and women with a history of substance use

New York City Correctional Health Services

Long Island City, NY

Puerto Rican men and women, including transgender, HIV+ or high-risk for HIV, during and after incarceration

Philadelphia FIGHT

Philadelphia, PA

Puerto Rican HIV-positive intravenous drug users (IVDU)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Mexican MSM & transgender women HIV+ or high risk for HIV

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Mexican MSM HIV+ or at high risk for HIV

Hektoen Institute for Medical Research

Chicago, IL

Mexican men, women and transgender HIV+ or at high risk for HIV

AIDS Arms, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Latinos who identify themselves as Mexican, 18 years of age or older, living in Dallas County and surrounding areas of Texas, and HIV+ or at high risk for HIV infection.

AIDS Project, Lost Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Mexican MSM, women and male-to-female (MTF) transgender HIV+ or high-risk for HIV

Bienestar Human Services, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA

Mexican MSM HIV+ or high risk for HIV


At the core of the site interventions are stigma reduction, community engagement, and linkage to care strategies that emphasize cultural competency and take a transnational approach to program design. Rather than downplaying linkages with countries of origin, the sites maximize these connections and orient service delivery to the complexities of their local context . Each site is developing its own model for how to reach and educate its community, based on formative assessments programs conducted to inform their service delivery design. Models drawn on include nationally validated interventions and approaches such as the Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study (ARTAS) Model, Hermanos de Luna y Sol,  Motivational Interviewing, Linkage Coordinators, Peer Navigators and Promotoras.

Demonstration sites are set to initiate their interventions in mid-2014. As interventions develop, please check back for more information.