BCHN Receives $1.11 Million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding

On October 17, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced approximately $2.36 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people living with HIV in the United States.

"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays a critical role in the United States' public health response to HIV,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "These grants will ensure that the most vulnerable Americans living with HIV/AIDS will have access to the necessary care and treatment needed to improve their health quality and medical outcomes."

HRSA oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which is a patient-centered system that provides care and treatment services to low income people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard to reach populations. The program serves more than 50 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.

"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is vital to improving clinical and public health outcomes by extending life expectancy of people living with HIV and reducing HIV transmission," said Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau. "In 2015, more than 83 percent of program clients who received HIV medical care were virally suppressed, up from 69 percent in 2010."

Under Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $181.7 million was awarded across the country to 344 local, community-based organizations to provide core medical and support services to people living with HIV. Additionally, 28 organizations were awarded approximately $3.8 million in Part C Capacity Development grants. Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) received a total of $1.11 million in funding.

BCHN funds the primary care of around 1,000 HIV-positive patients at 10 community health centers in the Bronx each year.