More than $2.2 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants have been awarded this year to cities, states, and local community-based organizations, according to a statement made today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
“These grants will make a difference for the most vulnerable Americans who lack adequate health care coverage or financial resources to pay for treatment,” Secretary Burwell said in the statement.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within HHS, oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides an array of care and treatment services as part of a public health-oriented response to HIV in the United States. HRSA Acting Administrator James Macrae noted in the statement that the program has a high retention rate with patients: 81% in 2013, with more than 78% of those in care reported to be virally suppressed.
Under Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a total of $624.7 million was awarded to 53 metropolitan areas to provide medical and support services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Under Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $1.3 billion was awarded to 59 states and territories. Part B includes grants that can be used for core medical and support services, and for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
Under Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $186.6 million was awarded to 347 local community-based organizations to provide medical and support services to people living with HIV. Part C grants are awarded directly to local organizations to provide comprehensive primary health care in outpatient settings to people living with HIV disease. Additionally, 33 organizations were awarded more than $3.1 million in Part C Capacity Development grants.
Under Part D of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $66.8 million was awarded to 115 local community-based organizations to provide family-centered comprehensive care for women, infants, children, and youth.
Under Part F, $68.4 million was awarded to support technical assistance, clinical training, oral health services and the development of innovative models of care through several different programs. While Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A through D may use funds to provide oral health services, 2 Part F programs focus exclusively on funding oral health care for people living with HIV; HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement and Community-Based Dental Partnership.
Also under Part F, the AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (AETC) awarded approximately $31.1 million through 26 grants to support education and training of health care professionals through a network of 8 regional and three national centers.
To learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, visit hab.hrsa.gov.