PsySE-SDN (Psycho-socioeconomic Service Delivery Network) Co-Design Workshop of May 13, 2024

In its commitment to offering person-centered care, SHIP’s PsySE-SDN (Psycho-socioeconomic Service Delivery Network) Co-Design Workshop was conducted last May 13, 2024, at the Hive Hotel & Convention Place, Quezon City.

The Co-Design Workshop successfully started PsySe-SDN program by gathering and engaging key stakeholders, community representatives, and mental health & social welfare professionals in consultation and close collaboration, all aimed to help develop training curriculum for providing psycho-socioeconomic (PsySE) support for people living with HIV.

SHIP’s Executive Director Jerome Daclison lead the workshop, with Medical Director Dr. Kate Leyritana offering her welcome remarks to the workshop participants, and Project Manager Rod Olete providing the background into the PsySE-SDN program. A desk review of best practices in mental health and social welfare services in HIV was also conducted by Mental Health Trainer Jolina Capadocia, RPm.

In attendance were representatives from the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, UNAIDS Philippines, USAID Renewhealth, CSWD Antipolo, San Lazaro Hospital, Association of Positive Women Advocates Inc. (APWAI), Gabay sa Pulang Laso, HIV & AIDS Support House (HASH), Kababaihan sa Pagbangon at Pagbabago (KPP), and Positive Elders of the Philippines (PELP). Together the participants and the PsySE-SDN team delved into the needs in the existing frameworks for the care and overall well-being of people living with HIV, and designed recommendations for the differentiated delivery strategies and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as recommendations for the development of trainers, content, and curriculum of the program.

Following this co-design workshop, SHIP and PsySE-SDN, along with their stakeholders, would soon further develop the training curriculum and modules for mental health and social welfare professionals, provide the capacity-building of a pilot batch of these professionals, and help establish and integrate the service delivery network in high HIV-burdened areas across the country.