HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award almost $5 million in FY 2009 grants to test innovative ways of delivering HIV/AIDS services to women of color.
Over the next five years, grants totaling almost $25 million will be awarded under the Enhancing Access to and Retention in Quality HIV/AIDS Care for Women of Color initiative.
“This new initiative will test the effectiveness of interventions designed to get women of color into quality HIV care in a timely manner and to retain them in that care once treatment begins,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN. “Women of color represent a population at increasing risk to develop HIV/AIDS.”
The awards, from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Special Projects of National Significance, will support 11 demonstration sites in both urban and rural locations as well as an evaluation and technical assistance center.
Women of color are especially affected by HIV infection and AIDS. Data from the 2005 census show that black and Hispanic women represent 24 percent of all women in the United States, but 82 percent of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for U.S. women that year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004, the most recent year for which data are available, HIV infection was the:
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds care and support services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals affected by the disease. Administered by HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, the program helps more than 500,000 medically underserved individuals every year. For additional information, visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/.
Winners of the grant in Texas are:
Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Special Health Resources for Texas, Inc., in Longview.