Emory University awards Fulton County an “Emmy” for HIV screening program

Emory University awards Fulton County an “Emmy” for HIV screening program

The Corizon Health team in Fulton County, Georgia has received an “Emmy Award” from Emory University recognizing their work in creating a nurse-led HIV screening program at the Fulton County Jail. The program’s success in Fulton County has led to implementation at Dekalb County Jail, with the possibility of further implementation at Atlanta Detention Center.

Atlanta is one of the most heavily HIV-affected areas in the nation. With this screening program, nurses are trained to provide rapid, 24/7 HIV testing rather than relying on outside health department staff. Testing occurs at medical intake, with results available in as little as 60 seconds. Since the program’s inception in 2011, approximately 59,000 tests have been given. Jail testing represents 7.8% of all new reported cases.

Corizon Health nurses Portia Washington (LPN) and Taptolia Barden-Carpenter (RN) published an article in the November/December 2015 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice entitled, “Establishing an HIV Screening Program Led by Staff Nurses in a County Jail,” which detailed the development of the screening program, as well as its implementation at Fulton County Jail.