HIV/AIDS DISEASE MANAGEMENT: Mission Statement-Promoting Quality of Life One Veteran at a time - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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HIV/AIDS DISEASE MANAGEMENT: Mission Statement-Promoting Quality of Life One Veteran at a time

The john D. Dingell, VAMC, HIV Program works in partnership with our Primary Care Teams to educate, encourage and ensure all our Veterans are Tested for HIV at least once per lifetime (annually if at high risk). A clinical reminder for HIV testing was locally developed to ensure ALL our Veterans are tested. The HIV program also works in close collaboration with the Michigan Department of Community Health, and community agencies, to educate and provide necessary resources in support of treatment goals. Veterans who test HIV Positive are immediately referred to the Infectious Disease clinic and an appointment scheduled within 30 days of diagnosis for appropriate HIV treatment and supportive services. The outcomes have been phenomenal! The ID providers are the best in their field and they save lives.

Please meet our Infectious Disease providers:

Dr. Glenn Kaatz, Chief Of Infectious Diseases clinic
Dr. Sorabh Dhar, Chief of Infection Control
Dr. Suganthini Natesan
DNP Diana Kinsey-Steele

Of note, The ID providers are Specialists who also take
care of the Veterans’ Primary Care needs. In other words,
the Veteran has one provider to manage his/her care instead of two.

The HIV Care Coordinator/Social Worker manages all aspects of the Social Work and Case management services which include:

  • Assistance with emergency shelter and housing resources,
  • Facilitation of referrals to transitional/supportive housing in the VHA and the community,
  • Provides extensive list of Food resources in the community,
  • Accessing dental care programs in the community for Vets not eligible for Dental Care in the VHA,
  • Offers referrals to emergency financial relief programs in the community and in the VA system,
  • Initiates/coordinates referrals to the Michigan AIDS Drug Assistance Program and assists with application process,
  • Assists with coordination of outpatient appointments and makes referral to the Mental Health, PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma clinics when needed,
  • Case manages Vets at risk of dropping out of treatment by closely monitoring outpatient appointments attendance and follows up with no-shows in efforts to reduce rates of no-shows in the ID clinic,
  • Assists Veteran patients access medical transportation programs in the community, when said Vets do not qualify for VA travel program,
  • Provides HIV counseling and education for patients and their partners of risks associated to HIV infection and promotes safe sex practices,
  • Provides education and helps to complete the Advanced Directive Process,
  • Facilitates VA Health Home Care for Veterans who are homebound and need assistance with at least three ADLS (e.g., bathing, grooming, dressing, etc.,)
  • Provides information of homemakers programs available via the Ryan White Care Act program and makes referrals accordingly,
  • HIV Social worker facilitates referrals to Veteran Service Organizations to start or follow-up VA claims’ process,
  • Also facilitates referrals to Social Security Administration for disability claims,
  • These and other myriad of services are available to Veteran patients identified with HIV infection. Each case is handled individually, with compassion and designed to treat each person with dignity,
  • As time permits, the HIV Care Coordinator/Social Worker also facilitates HIV Awareness and Prevention programs in support of National and Local Special Observances and Initiatives.

Contact information for the HIV Program Social Worker:

Onelia V. Zurbruegg, LMSW, CAAC, ACSW
Social Worker
John D. Dingell, VA Medical Center
4646 John R St/ Routing 118SW
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 576-1000, ext. 63498
Fax: (313) 576-1341

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Contact Number(s)

  • 313-576-1000 Ext. 63498

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.