2017 News

HarborPath Partners with UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health


Charlotte, NC - October 25, 2017 - HarborPath has accepted two Masters Students from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health for an internship. The goal of this internship program will be to prove medication adherence rates are higher than industry standards for patients receiving their medications through the HarborPath Portal Program.


HarborPath is a 501 (C) (3) Organization located in North Carolina that provides a streamlined process that ensures timely access to life-saving medications for uninsured people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and other complex chronic conditions. HarborPath Operates a proprietary Portal Through which case managers, patient advocates, and healthcare professionals can obtain a patient's full regimen of medicaitons from five different manufacturers usning one applications.


The interns will be responsible for planning, researching, organizing data, and presentations creation. With guidance from both HarborPath staff and Professors at UNC, the students will work to support and update a previous study conducted by Dr. Michael Mugavero, Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The 2015 study concluded that improved efficiency in access to HIV medications therapy provides clinically significant viral suppression outcome results for uninsured patients and that the HarborPath model provided a solution for reducing HIV transmission rates and improved patient outcomes by effectively eliminating barriers to treatment. Dr. Mugavero said, "This new partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill provides a unique opportunity to extend the evaluation of HarborPath Impact at a single clinic to a more comprehensive evaluation across multiple agencies utilizing HarborPath to provide ready access to antiretroviral medications to uninsured persons living with HIV."


The Interns will be starting the process from creation of the policy and procedure documents all the way to the implementation of those processes. This will include researching patients assistance programs and data that goes into and comes out of them.


The Texas State ADAP Program is partnering with HarborPath to bridge the gap in treatment for patients waiting to be approved for the Texas ADAP program. HarborPath will provide a short-term safety net for participation facilities for their uninsured patients who meet their income guidelines. Through this program, there is potential for HarborPath to substantially reduce the wait time for Texas ADAP patients to receive their life-saving antiretroviral medications. both interns have expressed interest in the new program offering by HarborPath and will be looking at the data from this program to prove adherence rates, reduced time to treatment, improving retention.


Bruce Fried, Associate Professor at UNC said, "Our Partnership with HarborPath has enabled our public health students to apply their program evaluation and data analysis skills to a mission-driven organization that is consistent with our values. Students are learning about the challenges in conducting program evaluation in a real-world setting, and at the same time, helping the organization to improve patient outcomes. The result is that HarborPath has been an ideal collaborator for our health policy and management master's degree students."


About HarborPath:

harborPath is a non-profit organization that providers access to life-saving medications for uninsured people living with Chronic illnesses. Through an online portal, healthcare professionals can apply for multiple medications donated by pharmaceutical partners on behalf of their uninsured patients living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other complex chronic conditions through a single application. Eligibility status is determined immediately, and the HarborPath mail order pharmacy ships medications within 48 hours of program approval. For more information, visit www.harborpath.org 


About UNC Gillings School of Public Health:

Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. Dedicated to our mission, the school is constantly moving forward to anticipate future health threats and accelerate public health solutions. Our COmmitment to excellence is part of everything we do: teaching, research, scholarship, practice and bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions.





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