Implementing Peer-Based HIV Interventions in Linkage and Retention Programs: Successes and Challenges

Susan L. Ryerson Espino, Allison Precht, Marisol Gonzalez, Iliana Garcia, Elizabeth A. Eastwood, Tina Henderson, Arthur E. Blank, Alison Karasz

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Health promotion programs have increasingly used peers as a means of engaging vulnerable populations despite mixed evidence on effectiveness. Few peer implementation studies exist in the literature, so little is known of the degree to which implementation challenges may affect the success of peer programs. This study examines the implementation of peer intervention programs at 10 sites involved in a 5-year national HIV linkage and retention initiative for HIV-positive women of color. The article draws on qualitative data to describe sites’ challenges and facilitators to develop, implement, and evaluate peer roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-431
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2015



  • evaluation
  • health care access
  • HIV care
  • low-income women of color
  • North America
  • peer interventions
  • qualitative
  • treatment retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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