Leading the fight against HIV and other infectious diseases.

AccessHealth MA leads the fight against HIV and other infectious diseases. A unique, public health nonprofit, we provide access and support through drug assistance, insurance support, prevention, and research—all to make Massachusetts a healthier, more equitable place for every resident of the Commonwealth.

Integrating drug assistance, insurance navigation, prevention, and research, we offer a holistic, client-centered approach that advances social justice and equity in healthcare. Our goal is to diminish infectious diseases in Massachusetts, including HIV and tuberculosis.

We provide access to life-changing medications and health insurance coverage for Massachusetts residents in need who are living with HIV, at risk for HIV, have tuberculosis, or who have other infectious diseases. The HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP) is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences.

AccessHealth MA also conducts life-changing clinical research and has contributed critical research data that resulted in the FDA approval of nearly all the currently available HIV medications.

With a committed, compassionate staff, and more than 30 years of experience innovating in healthcare, we have a meaningful impact on your, and your clients’, quality of life.

We are here for those in need.

AccessHealth MA can help you and your clients with:

  • Drug assistance: We help pay for medication, health insurance premiums and co-payments, testing, and other treatment costs
  • Insurance support: We provide both financial support and hands-on guidance for individuals, case managers, and providers to get, keep, and navigate health insurance
  • Prevention: We help people access PrEP or nPEP medications to reduce their risk of contracting HIV
  • Research: We run clinical trials that play a crucial role in accelerating the discovery of safer, simpler, and more effective HIV and other infectious disease treatments

AccessHealth MA is proud to play a key role in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in Massachusetts and the United States. We closely align our efforts and focus with statewide and national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies.

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Where we started

Since 1989, AccessHealth MA (formerly Community Research Initiative), we have done extraordinary work together. Leading the fight against HIV and other infectious diseases to make Massachusetts a healthier and more equitable place for all its residents. Our research and the medications we’ve helped people obtain have been groundbreaking—and we’ve changed countless lives for the better.

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Meet Our Team

Who we are

AccessHealth MA’s Staff, Board and Committee members play a critical role in the short-term and long-term success that will allow our mission to be achieved.

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AccessHealth MA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other class protected by federal or state law (EEO/AA).

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Meet the new AccessHealth MA

Formerly known as Community Research Initiative (CRI)

We’ve evolved and needed a name that better communicated who we are now, what we do, and the benefits we provide. Community Research Initiative no longer told our story.

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News from AccessHealth MA

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As AccessHealth MA we look forward to building on a history deeply rooted in community and activism. and continuing to lead the fight for a future with no barriers to HIV and infectious disease care or services.

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Massachusetts will be a place where HIV infections are rare, and when they occur, every state resident, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.

MA Integrated HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Plan; HIV/AIDS Services in the Commonwealth: 2017 -2021. Adapted from the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House.

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Exciting News!

Exciting News! HDAP is launching a new electronic application for the HDAP program on OCTOBER 2, 2023! Clients, case managers and HOC coordinators will be able to:

- Submit an electronic HDAP application securely online
- Submit supporting documents at any time
- Check HDAP application status at any time

For more information, call: 617-502-1700 Option 1 or email: [email protected]