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Date: August 16, 1995 For Release: Immediately Contact: Bonnie Aikman, HRSA (301) 443-3376
The awards are being made under Title IV of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, and are administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA is an agency of the Public Health Service within HHS.
The awards will be given to a wide variety of organizations and state and local agencies, from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to the Metrolina AIDS Project in Charlotte, N.C. to the Ventura County Public Health Department in California.
"AIDS is inflicting a cruel toll on women and children and on their families," said Secretary Shalala. "These funds will help provide vital support services, including comprehensive primary care and HIV specialty care, case management, counseling and support groups."
Some 25,000 women and 2,800 children are living with AIDS in the United States today. The fastest-growing category of HIV infection is among women.
Recently, the Public Health Service issued guidelines recommending that all pregnant women should be counseled about HIV and offered a test to see if they are infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
PHS developed these guidelines after recent studies showed that use of the drug AZT can potentially reduce perinatal HIV transmission by two-thirds.
Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee, M.D., who directs the Public Health Service, said, "In response to these important findings about the use of AZT in the perinatal setting, these programs will also emphasize prevention and early intervention for women and their children, and the integration of HIV prevention and treatment into broader systems of primary care."
Since 1988, HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau has administered the Pediatric/Family AIDS Demonstration Program, which has supported model projects that provide comprehensive, family- centered and community-based medical services to children, youth, women and families with, or at risk for, HIV and AIDS.
A major goal of the Title IV program is to make it easier for women and children to participate in clinical research trials by addressing barriers that have historically limited this ability, such as the lack of access to appropriate care, lack of transportation and child care, and lack of knowledge of protocols designed to accommodate children, youth and families.
"Clinical trials provide additional treatment options for children, youth and women living with HIV," said HRSA Administrator Ciro V. Sumaya, M.D. "Title IV projects are continuously working to improve this access through the identification of eligible clients and appropriate clinical research. The projects also give individuals an opportunity to participate in broader efforts to combat this disease, now and in the future."
In FY 1994, Congress transferred the funding of these programs to Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act, where they are known as the HIV Program for Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Children, Youth, Women and Families.
A list of the FY 1995 grantees follows:
Grantee Amount New Title IV Comprehensive Care Grants Washington University School of Medicine $ 400,000 St. Louis, Mo. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center 352,544 Denver, Colo. New Women's Initiative for HIV Care and Reduction of Perinatal HIV Transmission Grant Family Planning Council of Southeastern $ 175,000 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Continuing Planning and Initial Development Grants Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health $ 80,000 Phoenix, Ariz. Metrolina AIDS Project 75,000 Charlotte, N.C. Orlando Regional Healthcare System $ 75,000 Orlando, Fla. Ventura County Public Health 73,860 Ventura, Calif. Continuing Title IV Comprehensive Care Grants Alameda County Health Care Services Agency $ 330,000 Oakland, Calif. Catholic Charities, Division of Children's Services 294,864 Fort Worth, Texas Children's Hospital, Infectious Diseases Dept. 403,432 Columbus, Ohio Children's Hospital, Pediatric AIDS Program 567,320 New Orleans, La. Connecticut Primary Care Association 407,680 Hartford, Conn. District of Columbia Department of Human Services 559,054 Washington, D.C. Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, Inc. 298,500 Bronx, N.Y. New England Hospital/Dimock Community 556,022 Health Center, Boston, Mass. Family AIDS Center for Treatment and Support 320,320 Providence, R.I. Health Research, Inc. for the New York 1,000,000 State Department of Health, Albany, N.Y. Georgia Department of Human Resources 445,120 Atlanta, Ga. Trustees of Columbia University, 1,601,600 School of Public Health, New York, N.Y. Health Initiatives for Youth 430,000 San Francisco, Calif. Family Planning Council of Southeastern 1,220,800 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., for the Los Angeles Pediatric AIDS Network 680,680 City of Industry, Calif. Hektoen Institute for Medical Research 518,790 Chicago, Ill. Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Research Group, Inc. 460,000 Houston, Texas Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 511,500 Baltimore, Md. Massachusetts Department of Public Health 418,031 Boston, Mass. New Jersey Department of Health 1,053,050 Trenton, N.J. New York University Medical Center 295,264 New York, N.Y. North Broward Hospital District 588,640 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Puerto Rico Department of Health 468,600 San Juan, P.R. Seattle-King County Department of Public Health 466,460 Seattle, Wash. South Carolina Department of Health 213,357 and Environmental Control Columbia, S.C. University of Alabama at Birmingham 337,080 Birmingham, Ala. University of Miami, Department of Pediatrics 938,097 Miami, Fla. University of Minnesota, Youth & AIDS Prevention 206,109 Program, Minneapolis, Minn. University of Texas Health Science Center 490,000 San Antonio, Texas Continuing Hemophilia Pediatric AIDS Special Initiative Grants Trustees of Dartmouth College $ 75,000 Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, N.H. Cooperative Agreements Institute for Family-Centered Care $ 395,000 Bethesda, Md. University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey 1,603,767 Medical School for the National Pediatric & Family HIV Resource Center, Newark, N.J. Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1,032,030 Bronx, N.Y. Medical & Health Research Association of NYC, Inc. 266,079 New York, N.Y. Montefiore Medical Center 348,881 Bronx, N.Y. Research Foundation of the State University of 1,100,000 New York for the Brooklyn Pediatric AIDS Network Brooklyn, N.Y. University of South Florida College of Public 354,000 Health, Tampa, Fla. Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation, Inc. 250,000 Wauwatosa, Wis. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 583,000 Dallas, Texas TOTAL $23,319,531