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SMAIF-Funded HRSA Grant Opportunity Will Expand Use of Community Health Workers to Improve Access to HIV Care

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Community health workers (CHWs) can play a key role in linking people living with HIV to critical medical care and providing ongoing support to help them navigate the health care system and remain adherent to HIV treatment. CHWs are lay members of communities who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with the…

SMAIF Supports HRSA Grant Opportunity to Address HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metropolitan Areas

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The south lags behind much of the rest of the nation on a number of key outcomes including viral suppression and survival among people living with HIV. To help address this, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a funding opportunity for a new program: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Building Care and Prevention…

The Evolution of Ryan White HIV/Care

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Rapid change does not typically drive progress in health care. Historically, proven interventions are adopted over decades under the best of circumstances, like life-saving Vitamin A for children with measles or Beta-blockers to improve survival after a heart attack. HIV care stands nearly alone in terms of the speed with which a deadly disease became…

Making the most of hashtags on Twitter

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Hashtags provide a quick and easy way to search, organize, and share information on Twitter. What are they? Hashtags can be any word preceded by the # symbol. Using them lets you associate your tweets with a larger topic (e.g., #HIV), group, or conversation. Why use them? Adding hashtags to your tweet is like adding…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

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The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

New Federal Actions to Address HIV in the Transgender Community

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Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) observes that, historically, our efforts focused on this population have been limited, but that the federal government has made strides in improving our response since 2010. Urging that we remain vigilant in increasing knowledge…

LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board

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When President Obama, joined by leaders throughout his Administration and in Congress, fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, he did it for one overwhelming reason: to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He did it knowing that there were – and continue to be – groups facing significant health…

FY’15 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Awards

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With Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) just concluded, I wanted to share highlights of the awards made under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), which are supporting many activities that will unfold during FY16.  A total of $52.2 million was awarded to support 31 initiatives across 10 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices to…