Published on October 01, 2019

MaineGeneral to expand help for people living with HIV

$108,000 grant provides positive self-management tools to stay healthy

The Horizon Program at MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC) has received a $108,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help people living with HIV stay healthy with chronic health conditions.

“Modern medicine enables people with HIV to live longer lives, and HIV itself is now considered a chronic disease,” said Gillian Frisch, community program supervisor at the Horizon Program. “We’re excited to offer positive self-management classes specifically tailored to people living with HIV. This is the first of its kind program in Maine, and we’re excited to partner with the wellness experts at MaineGeneral’s Prevention & Health Living and Spectrum Generations to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV."

The MaineGeneral project, Living a Healthy Life with HIV in Maine, adapts chronic disease management classes like type 2 diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease to people living with HIV.

The grant builds on work of MaineGeneral’s Prevention & Healthy Living and Spectrum Generations, which offer classes to people in the Kennebec Valley that provide tools to manage their chronic conditions.

“We’ll be providing health self-management behaviors specific to people living with HIV,” said Frisch. “The grant also enables us to help these individuals with transportation to such classes, removing what can be a significant barrier to access these important tools. This program has the potential to greatly improve quality of life overall for people living with HIV.”