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About The JACQUES Initiative

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The JACQUES Initiative (JI), a program of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was established in 2003 and is named for Joe Jacques, a psychologist who helped establish the first HIV support group for Baltimore‚Äôs most vulnerable persons living with HIV.


Our mission is to change lives, engage communities, and support health systems affected by HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV). JI achieves this mission through a holistic approach by leading individuals, their families and communities of the City of Baltimore through a Journey to Wellness.


The JACQUES Initiative envisions:

  • Healthy citizens of Baltimore, free of HIV and HCV stigma and overcoming health disparities.
  • Engaged communities, educated, aware and accessing the resources available to them to live free of or live well with HIV and HCV.
  • Supported health care systems, pursuing a seamless HIV and HCV continuum of care, overcoming gaps in services through collaboration with partners who complement them.


Our strategy is to facilitate greater access to HIV and HCV care by implementing transformation of individual, institutional, and community-based education and supportive services. We achieve our mission by leading individuals, their families and supporters, and communities of the City of Baltimore on a Journey to Wellness

We create personalized solutions for continuum of care obstacles that affect individuals, communities and health care systems. JACQUES Initiative’s commitment to health equity is demonstrated through the Community Outreach Program that extends beyond institutions and hospital settings to meet individuals in their neighborhoods, homes and communities.