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The Early Intervention Program (EIP) was launched in 1998 as a health department-funded HIV counseling and testing program operating within the Emergency Department (ED).
EIP Mission: The UC Early Intervention Program is committed to identifying and intervening with populations most at risk for threats to health and well-being at the earliest opportunity, and helping these individuals connect with
community resources to improve health outcomes.
The EIP provides HIV prevention counseling and testing, as well as screening and intervention services for mental health and substance use disorders.
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The EIP is the department’s platform for experiential education, clinical research, and clinical practice/operations in population health and health promotion. The size and maturity of the EIP means that infrastructure is in place to directly accommodate or rapidly develop any population health priority for which there is funding and/or interest. Total funding for EIP services over the past two decades exceeds $20 million with hundreds of thousands of individuals served by various component programs.
As the EIP has grown over time, it has expanded from ED-based infectious disease screening to include a broad array of interventions targeted at a variety of social determinants of health. A natural outgrowth of this process was expansion into the space of substance use disorder screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment and/or other social service resources (I.e., the SBIRT model). Our EIP now works collaboratively with a dedicated substance use disorder (SUD) team.
Primary disease foci have grown to include HIV, Hepatitis C, substance use and mental health disorders, along with the tremendous breadth of social determinants of health (e.g., housing, job assistance, social networks, food insecurity, sex-work and violence).
Currently the EIP involves approximately four faculty members, program coordinators, and a variable number of core service staff. The EIP integrates a separate workforce of adjunct health professionals (e.g., health promotion advocates, linkage coordinators, addiction counselors, peer-support specialists) into the ED and expands services provided by usual ED staff (e.g., nurses, physicians/advanced practice providers, social workers). All EIP staff are highly trained in principles of cultural competence, health equity, and evidence-based counseling techniques.
EIP Clinical Program Manager – Ryane Sickles, CHES
Peer & Linkage Project Manager – Jessika Bass, MSW, LSW
HPA Project Manager – Elysia M. Smith
CICIP Program Manager – Lindsey Molloy
ASD Linkage Lead – Chloe Striker, CDCA
Linkage Lead – Rachel Kombo, MPH
Data Manager – Robert Braun, MPH
Business Manager – Frank Burdsall, MBA
Peers Support Specialists
Lauren Duba, CDCA
Health Promotion Advocates (HPAs) & HIV Testing Counselors
University of Cincinnati Students/Interns
EIP offers a variety of resources and linkage to services for all emergency department patients.
Free rapid HIV testing (walk-ins welcome)
Peer support for substance use and recovery
Linkage to care for HIV and Hepatitis C
Linkage to substance use treatment and recovery services
Harm reduction supplies (Narcan, condoms, etc.)
Additional information and community resources
To access our client resource database, click here, or scan the QR code below.
University of Cincinnati Medical Center – Emergency Department
Staff are on site daily, 8am – midnight
West Chester Hospital – Emergency Department
Staff on site M-F; hours may vary
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Department of Emergency MedicineEarly Intervention ProgramCollege of Medicine231 Albert Sabin WayCincinnati, OH 45267-0769
Phone: 513-584-0720E-mail: email@example.com
College of Medicine231 Albert Sabin WayCincinnati, OH 45267-0575