$48M Awarded to Health Centers for Ending the HIV Epidemic
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded over $48 million to 271 HRSA-supported health centers across 26 states to expand HIV prevention and treatment services, including preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), outreach, and care coordination. California health centers are set to receive just shy of $9 million.
The investment is part of HHS’ Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent by 2030. The funding will expand HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission in counties, territories, and states prioritized due to substantial HIV diagnosis. The latest awards will build upon FY 2020 HRSA Health Center Program EHE awards by funding additional health centers in EHE priority jurisdictions.
Awarded health centers will use the funding to conduct outreach and HIV testing, expand their workforce to increase access to and use of PrEP, and connect individuals who test positive for HIV to treatment. Awardees are encouraged to partner more closely with community organizations, such as HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and health departments, to facilitate referrals for prevention and treatment services.
Additional information from HHS is available here.