Almost $ 2.21 billion in federal funding has been awarded to the Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program, which then awards money to state, local and community groups that provide HIV care, treatment and prevention to people. low-income people affected by HIV.
An additional $ 99 million has been allocated to the Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program with funding from the federal “Ending the HIV Epidemic in the US” initiative. to less than 3,000 cases of HIV per year.
Almost half of people living with HIV in the United States – about 560,000 – receive care through the Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program, according to an announcement made earlier this month by the Department of Health and human resources. Funding for fiscal 2021 comes from the federal government’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is an agency of the Department of Health.
While writing about federal HIV grants in Georgia, Project Q in Atlanta spoke with Dave Ward, CEO of MedLink Georgia. Describing the grants as “life-saving,” Ward added, “With the help of these resources, we will be able to have a significant impact on the health of our communities by increasing awareness of the HIV prevention services available and increasing tests and treatments to improve health. results and decrease the risk of HIV transmission.
This round of funding for the Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program is divided into numerous grants. For a full breakdown and links to all beneficiaries, read the health department press release. The following list provides an overview:
- About $ 621.4 million has been provided to 52 metropolitan areas to provide basic medical and support services to people living with HIV. These grants were awarded to severely affected urban areas with the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS.
- Approximately $ 1.3 billion has been allocated to 59 states and territories to improve the quality, availability and organization of HIV health care and support services and for the AIDS Medication Assistance Program (ADAP).
- About $ 67.2 million has been allocated to 114 local community organizations across the country to provide comprehensive family-centered HIV care and treatment to women, infants, children and youth living with HIV.
- Approximately $ 67.6 million has been awarded to support clinical training, oral health services, quality improvement and the development of innovative models of care through several different programs.
- Approximately $ 10.2 million has been awarded to 29 states and territories under the Minority AIDS Initiative Part B grants.
- About $ 179.8 million has been allocated across the country to 347 local community-based organizations to provide basic medical and support services to people living with HIV.
- About $ 30.3 million has been provided to support the education and training of health professionals, which includes a network of eight regional centers and two national centers.
- Approximately $ 8.9 million has been awarded to 45 beneficiaries under the Dental Reimbursement Program.
- About $ 4.4. million dollars were awarded in capacity development grants to 30 organizations.
“Our Ryan White HIV / AIDS program is a revolutionary effort that has made extraordinary strides over the years to end the HIV epidemic in the United States,” said Acting HRSA Administrator Diana Espinosa , in the press release. “These grants support life-saving care, treatment and drugs that improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission to patients across the country. “
The Ryan White HIV / AIDS Program is one of some 90 programs run by HRSA, an agency of the Federal Department of Health. Last year, the Ryan White program celebrated its 30e birthday (see video above). In December, HRSA announced that 88% of people living with HIV receiving care from Ryan White have viral suppression, a high score for the program.
The program is named after a young Indiana who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1990 at the age of 18 after becoming a world-renowned advocate and inspiration. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, due to her hemophilia. For more, see “The Importance of Remembering Ryan White,” written by POZ blogger Shawn Decker on 20e anniversary of White’s death.