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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 118-05
Friday, December 9, 2005

CONTACT: (212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
Sandra Mullin (smullin@health.nyc.gov)


NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS SERVICE AWARDS FOR UPCOMING FUNDING CYCLE

NEW YORK CITY – December 9, 2005 – NEW YORK CITY - December 8, 2005 - The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in partnership with the Health and Human Services HIV Planning Council of New York, is committed to providing a full range of critical services to people living with HIV/AIDS. In this year's federal Ryan White funding cycle, New York City received approximately $118 million of which $11 million was awarded in four recently re-bid service categories. The services, Treatment Adherence Support, Supportive Counseling and Family Support, Legal Services and Medical Services, will be provided by 27 agencies (list of awardees is attached). These awards were chosen by a competitive application process. Ryan White awards are made to ensure geographic distribution of services, access to services by populations with special needs, and locally based services in high-need communities whenever possible. The awards are administered by Medical Health Research Association on the City's behalf.

The Planning Council consists of 45 individuals, including people living with HIV/AIDS, community members, service providers and government representatives. Since its inception in 1991, the Council has worked to increase access to quality care and improve the health and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. It does so by developing and ranking service categories and setting funding priorities.

Scott Kellerman, MD, MPH, DOHMH's Assistant Commissioner of HIV Prevention and Control, said, "The Planning Council's service priorities support the goal of improving care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS." These goals include:

  • Implementing more proactive and improved coordination of services among all agencies serving all people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Improving accountability through improved monitoring and evaluation.

"Accomplishing these goals will reduce health disparities and ensure the City's position as the national model for HIV/AIDS care and treatment," Dr. Kellerman added.

Steve Hemraj, Co-chair of the Health and Human Services HIV Planning Council of New York , said, "With advances in treatment over the past decade, more people are living longer with HIV/AIDS and an increasing number of them need critical services. To be more responsive to current needs, the Planning Council conducted an unprecedented, comprehensive review and restructuring of services. We believe this will lead not only to more relevant services but will also ensure equity and distribution of resources to populations of greatest need."

For additional information on HIV/AIDS, visit DOHMH's website at nyc.gov/health. DOHMH provides free, confidential, and anonymous HIV testing, as well as counseling services for HIV and other STD's, at 11 clinic sites citywide.

View the Ryan White FY15 Award Recipients.

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