Improving the Health and Well-Being of Those Affected by HIV
Cooper’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) is committed to improving the health and well-being of those infected with or affected by HIV in southern New Jersey through high-quality, compassionate medical care and support services, community education, and early detection regardless of ability to pay.
The Cooper EIP welcomes a diverse population of patients for treatment of a wide variety of conditions. If you are new to our program, a nurse navigator will help you become comfortable with the office and connect you with all the appropriate EIP service providers to meet your needs. We offer Primary Medical Care services for HIV-infected persons without health care insurance as well as women’s care (including yearly pap smears). Our phlebotomist is available Monday through Friday for blood work or other necessary laboratory tests needed for your next visit. If you need help taking your medicine, our staff will work with you on a weekly basis. All clinic services are available to our patients regardless of ability to pay.
Medical Case Management
Many patients receiving treatment at Cooper EIP may have a difficult time coping with their illness while still managing the responsibilities of everyday life. Our Medical Case Management staff is highly experienced and specializes in helping patients meet the challenges of daily life from arranging transportation, managing medications and scheduling both medical and dental appointments. Medical Case Management will even help manage the difficult details associated with insurance, social security, disability and housing.
Behavioral Health Medicine
Any disease, disorder or condition that causes harm to the human body has the potential for devastating effects on the mind and emotions. Through our Behavioral Health Medicine services, licensed therapists counsel patients through the ongoing challenges of living with chronic disease(s) and provide mental health evaluations for individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. The goal is to increase adherence to treatment, appointments and medication. During psychotherapy, patients learn about their condition and moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps patient to learn how to take control of their lives and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
The research staff at Cooper EIP is committed to helping patients with opportunities to enroll in research studies. Research opportunities are available for persons receiving medical care from our infectious disease specialists and advance practice nurses. For further information on available research studies, please contact our research staff at 856.963.3715.
Screening, Identification, Linkage to Care (SILC) Services
Cooper EIP Screening, Identification, Linkage to Care (SILC) services include HIV prevention counseling and testing, clinical navigation and health education workshops. Our certified HIV counselors perform counseling and HIV testing at the clinic and in the community. EIP staff work with a network of community agencies to promote health education and to provide information about available community resources to help people access health care and other support services. Our clinical navigators assist the HIV infected person, newly diagnosed or lost to care, with obtaining medical care appointments the same day or the next clinic day. They will also perform HIV tests for friends and family members.
Health Self-Management Program
Through a series of workshops held weekly for six weeks, participants will learn:
- Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation as a result of their condition.
- Appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
- Appropriate use of medications.
- Effective communication techniques.
- Nutrition guidelines.
For more information, please call 856.968.8651.
The Early Intervention Program provides our patients with medication, nutritional guidelines, addiction management/counseling as well as legal services. For those who are concerned about how anti-viral treatment may interact with other prescribed medication, our dedicated pharmacist can assist. Our registered dietitian provides assessment and counseling for diet and weight management. If patients are in need of addiction counseling, nutritional services or legal services, please request an appointment for those services with the Medical Case Management staff.
Women’s Support Group: Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon. All are welcome. Please call 856.968.8376 for more information.
Men’s Support Group: Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. If interested, please call 856.968.8651 or 856.968.7261.
Community Advisory Board: This open group includes individuals who are infected, affected by, or who provide services for the HIV community. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Please call 856.968.8376 or 856.963.3575 for more information.