As part of planning for the 2013 reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau will be holding four webcast stakeholder listening sessions beginning next week. These listening sessions—organized by geographic region (Southern, 7/9/12; Midwestern, 7/11/12; Western, 7/16/12; and Northeastern, 7/18/12)—offer a forum for stakeholders to provide input on Ryan White Program reauthorization. Read details about the listening sessions, including specific times for each 90-minute session and instructions on how to register, at HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Reauthorization page.
These listening sessions will complement public input on reauthorization that HRSA is soliciting online through the end of this month, which we discussed in an earlier post.
The Ryan White Program is the largest Federal program specifically dedicated to providing HIV care and treatment. It funds heavily impacted metropolitan areas, states, and local community-based organizations to provide life-saving medical care, medications, and support services to more than half a million people each year—including the uninsured and underinsured, racial and ethnic minorities, and people of all ages. Currently authorized by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, the program will be up for reauthorization by the U.S. Congress in 2013.