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HHS Awards $53.7 Million in Ryan White CARE Act Funding for HIV/AIDS Care for Women, Families
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson yesterday announced federal grant awards totaling $53.7 million to 71 organizations in 33 states for the support of HIV/AIDS care and services for women and their families, according to an HHS release. The funding, from the Title IV Comprehensive Family Services Program of the Ryan White CARE Act, is earmarked to provide primary and specialty medical care, psychosocial services, logistical support, outreach and case management and clinical trial access to women, children, youth and families. Thompson said, "These grants will provide front-line services to many women and children, filling a critical need in the war against HIV/AIDS. The war against this disease has many fronts -- medical research, prevention and health care and services for those in need. That's why President Bush and I have proposed $10.2 billion to fund the department's HIV/AIDS programs next year -- a 7.2% increase." The organizations receiving the awards represent a "wide array" of HIV/AIDS care providers, including community and faith-based groups, medical schools, children's hospitals, and state and county departments of health. Eleven groups are newly funded this year, while 60 are funded under a continuing three-year grant cycle. A full list of grantees is available online (HHS release, 8/6).
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