Clinic to Community Referrals: Linking Health and Economic Outcomes to Improve Client Outcomes

October 24, 2017
Authors: Zach Andersson, Jacky Bass, Claire Gillum, Allie Hughey, Clinton Sears, and Sonja Horne
Organization: LIFT II, FHI360

A formalized network of referral providers is crucial for increasing access to a range of HIV and economic strengthening, livelihoods and food security (ES/L/FS) services for those in need, and for ensuring the long-term permanence of that service delivery. However, little information regarding creation of integrated, multi-sectoral referral networks and few standardized tools to facilitate effective referral network functioning are available. This guide aims to describe the referral network development and maintenance process, and to provide sample tools for use within a bidirectional clinic-to-community referral network. The guide is intended for implementers, stakeholders and service providers at clinic and community levels who need guidance on creating or improving referral networks serving populations infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, particularly those focusing on connecting these populations with ES/L/FS support in hopes that the connection will improve health outcomes.