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The Outreach Contact and the Outreach Encounter

Outreach is often described through the use of two terms—contact and encounter. These terms represent different levels of interaction between an individual and a outreach worker:

  • A contact is a face-to-face greeting and interaction during which materials and/or information is exchanged between an outreach worker and an individual (or small group).
  • A contact can lead to an encounter, which includes a focused assessment, specific services delivered in response to the person’s identified need(s), and a planned opportunity for follow-up.

Successful contacts and encounters depend on knowing the community, building trust within the community, and achieving rapport with high-risk individuals.

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