Updates on the Monkeypox Outbreak are arriving almost daily. Please check these webpages for the most current information and recommendations:
- Florida Department of Health Monkeypox Webpage*
- CDC Monkeypox Webpage*
- CDC Interim Guidance for Prevention and Treatment of Monkeypox in Persons with HIV Infection — United States, August 2022*
- CDC Health Alert – July 30, 2022: Update for Clinicians on Monkeypox in People with HIV, Children and Adolescents, and People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- CDC Health Alert: – May 20, 2022: Monkeypox Virus Infection in the United States and Other Non-endemic Countries
- Infection Prevention and Control of Monkeypox in Healthcare Settings*
- Factsheet: Monkeypox: Get the Facts
- Factsheet: Monkeypox and Safer Sex
- Factsheet: Social Gatherings, Safer Sex and Monkeypox
- HIV.gov Monkeypox Webpage*
- Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine (JYNNEOS™): What You Need to Know
Meningococcal Disease Alert Meningococcal disease can be prevented and treated! Meningococcal disease can lead to meningitis (infection and swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and septicemia (infection of the bloodstream). Getting Vaccinated is the Best Way to Protect Against Meningococcal Disease
- Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet
- Meningococcal Disease Flyer
- Florida Department of Health Meningococcal webpage*
- Get the Meningococcal Disease Vaccine The meningococcal disease rate for gay, bisexual men & men who have sex with men is on the rise.
- Meningococcal Disease: What Gay and Bisexual Men Need to Know
- Meningococcal Disease: What People Living with HIV Need to Know
- Dear Colleague Letter (May 4, 2022) Recommended meningococcal vaccine schedule for persons with HIV (PWH) and men who have sex with men (MSM).
Hepatitis A Outbreak
- Hepatitis A Outbreak Infographic
- Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men
- CDC.gov Alert* Widespread person-to-person outbreaks of hepatitis A across the United States
Posted August 11, 2022
- Want to ask HRSA HAB Leadership Questions at the 2022 National Ryan White Conference? Learn How!* The virtual 2022 National Ryan White Conference (NRWC) is August 23-26, and Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) leadership wants to hear from you. During the virtual 2022 NRWC, HAB leadership will participate in a “Live with HAB” and select several questions from conference participants to answer that align with the conference plenary themes focusing on HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The questions will be answered during special “Live with HAB” segments that will air during conference breaks. Here’s how to ask your questions to HAB leadership. Frame your questions for HAB leadership around the following plenary themes: 1. Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2. Health Equity 3. Community Engagement 4. Innovations in HIV Healthcare Send your questions to email@example.com by 8/15/2022 COB, and your question may be selected to discuss at the NRWC. Please include your name, location, affiliations, as well as your social media handle, if applicable in the email.
Posted July 28, 2020
- CDC Awards Funding for Transgender Status-Neutral Community-to-Clinic Models to End the HIV Epidemic* (HIV.gov – July 13, 2022) At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a total of $2 million in first-year funding to four organizations to develop models for community-to-clinic, status-neutral HIV prevention and care services for transgender persons. Click here* to read the complete HIV.gov blog post. The four funding recipients are:
- St. John’s Community Health in Los Angeles, CA
- Care Resource Community Health Center in Miami, FL
- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York, NY
- Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC
- Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Compass Dashboard* The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Compass Dashboard provides users an opportunity to interact with and visualize the reach, impact, and outcomes of the RWHAP. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) developed the RWHAP Compass Dashboard to support data utilization to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. By advancing users’ ability to interact with and utilize RWHAP program data, the dashboard supports HRSA HAB’s vision of optimal HIV/AIDS care and treatment for all.
Posted July 20, 2022
- Recognizing the Importance of People-First Language (Gilead) Using inappropriate or inaccurate language to describe people living with HIV increases the amount of stigma and stress they can experience. One way to address stigma is to use people-first language, which is language that puts a person before a diagnosis, describing what a person “has” rather than asserting what a person “is.” Click to learn more.
Posted July 1, 2022
- Imagine Ending HIV. It’s Possible.* New Campaign to Promote EHE! Just launched! Technical Assistance Provider innovation network (TAP-in) national campaign to inspire the HIV workforce to end the HIV epidemic by reducing the number of new HIV infections by 90% by 2030. The #ImagineEndingHIV campaign aims to improve staff’s leadership capacity and to support local health department leaders, teams, and partners from the 47 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program jurisdictions to implement innovative interventions along the HIV care continuum. Visit targethiv.org/imagine* for all the campaign resources!
Posted June 28, 2022
- Florida Department of Health, HIV Section Notice On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the Florida Department of Health convened a roundtable with state agencies and state associations to obtain buy-in at the state level for the expansion of routine HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis screening within acute care settings and hospital emergency departments. The objectives of the roundtable were to: 1. Discuss the current state of the Gilead Sciences Frontlines of Communities in the United States (FOCUS) and plans for expansion and sustainability of current model; 2. Discuss barriers and challenges to expansion; and 3. Identify stakeholder champions to assist with future expansion and sustainability implementation. A brief summary report of the roundtable will be forthcoming and will also be shared on this page.
- Millions to Fund Approaches to Address Unsheltered Homelessness Announced* The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a first-of-its-kind package of resources to address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments. Total funding of $322 million is a supplement to HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program*, with $43 million for incremental housing vouchers for at-risk households, and $54 million set aside for projects in rural areas.
Posted May 19, 2022
- Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Programs*
- Tenants’ Equal Justice Clinic (Hybrid – Remote / Zoom) Monday – Thursday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Designed for volunteer attorneys to give free legal advice to low-income individuals whose landlord has not returned a security deposit or clients who are living in unsuitable, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions. Attorneys assist with initiating pro se Small Claims Court case or drafting letters to assist the client in curing legal issues that impede stable housing or habitability. Types of cases: Security Deposit; Prohibited Practices.
- Consumer Equal Justice Clinic (Hybrid – Remote / Zoom) Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Attorneys will give free legal advice and brief service to low-income individuals who face abusive debt collection problems. The clinic will see clients who are being sued and clients who have not yet been sued. Types of cases: Collection issues for credit card debt; Medical debt; Auto loan deficiencies; Collector harassment; Identity theft fraud; Credit reporting errors; and Student loan debt issues.
- Space Is Limited and Registration Is Required. Apply online anytime: www.legalservicesmiami.org; Apply by phone: (305) 576-0080
Posted May 12, 2022
- Affordable Connectivity Program Stay Connected! The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If your household is eligible, you could receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
- A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*
Posted May 5, 2022
- 2022 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines Released for Ryan White Program Subrecipients
Posted March 28, 2022
- Hepatitis A Update, March 21, 2022 Florida Department of Health statement: Florida is observing ongoing transmission of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among certain populations in communities in Florida. Between October 1, 2021 and March 19, 2022, 103 hepatitis A cases were reported across 20 counties. Of these new cases, 84 percent were reported in males and most of these individuals were not up to date on their hepatitis A vaccination or their vaccine status was unknown.
Posted March 25, 2022
- HRSA Promotes Access to Gender Affirming Care and Treatment in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (HHS.gov blogpost)* Press release about the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) promoting access to gender affirming care and treatment in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
Posted March 17, 2022
- The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is pleased to announce the creation of the new Viral Hepatitis and Outbreak Response Section (VHORS) thus elevating viral hepatitis and outbreak response activities within the Bureau. Previously, viral hepatitis (Hep B and Hep C) prevention and surveillance were part of the Bureau’s STD Section. Click here for details and key contacts.
Posted March 14, 2022
- HIV Care Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic as Perceived by Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups Served by the Ryan White Program, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Mary Jo Trepka, MD, MSPH, etal. The Ryan White Program (RWP) in Miami-Dade County, Florida made several modifications to keep HIV care accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding telehealth services, increasing access to HIV medications, and waiving required lab tests for service recertification. We assessed ease of access to medical providers, medical case managers, and antiretroviral medications during the COVID-19 Pandemic among 298 Non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, and Haitian people with HIV (PWH) served by the RWP Part A, Miami-Dade County, Florida using a telephone-administered survey between October 2020 and January 2021. Overall, most clients reported similar or better access compared to before the Pandemic. Use of videocalls to communicate with HIV medical providers varied by race/ethnicity: Hispanics (49.6%), Non-Hispanic Blacks (37.7%), and Haitian clients (16.0%). Results suggest the modifications helped maintain access to care during an unprecedented health crisis. Permanently adopting many of these modifications should be considered to continue to facilitate access to care.
Posted March 10, 2022
- Tax Preparation Assistance
Posted February 16, 2022
- HRSA Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day During Black History Month (HIV.gov) Over the past 10 years, the RWHAP has made important progress in reducing health disparities among people with HIV. In 2020, a record-high 86.7% of Black/African American clients receiving care through the RWHAP were virally suppressed. This means they have an undetectable viral load and effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. . .
Posted February 3, 2022
- Status Neutral Approach Resources
Posted January 25, 2022
- ONAP Listening Session on HIV Criminalization* (HIV.gov) On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) convened a virtual listening session on HIV criminalization laws. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) calls for repeal and reform of state HIV criminalization laws as a strategy to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination and the complex barriers they pose for people with or who experience risk for HIV.
Posted January 4, 2022
- Statement—NIH Celebrates FDA Approval of Long-Acting Injectable Drug for HIV Prevention* (Cross-posted from NIAID Newsroom) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its first approval of a long-acting HIV prevention medication. Developed by ViiV Healthcare, the medicine is long-acting cabotegravir injected once every two months. FDA has approved the medicine for use by adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kilograms who are at risk of sexually acquiring HIV. This milestone marks a vital expansion of biomedical HIV prevention options available to people in the United States . . .
Posted December 22, 2021
- Dear Colleague Letter: Gender-Affirming Care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program* (hab.hrs.gov) Transgender people with HIV are a priority for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). While viral suppression rates among transgender clients receiving medical care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) are higher than the national non-RHWAP average, we understand that the transgender community faces unique barriers in HIV care. . .
- Florida 2020 Data Just Released!
Posted December 16, 2021
- Extended Hours at CAN Community Health
- Collaborate with Scale It Up Florida A Youth-Focused Learning Health Community whose aim is to:
- Understand health and social-related needs of the populations of local, state, and community levels
- Create a pipeline of available resources that promote health equity in underserved populations
- Promote bi-directional learning across different sectors that work to keep young people health throughout the state
- Decrease the number of adolescents contracting HIV, link and retain youth in care that are living with HIV, and improve workforce development effort to better serve high risk and HIV+ youth
- Click here* for the Scale It Up Florida website.
Posted December 1, 2021
- A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2021* HIV.gov, Cross-posted from The White House Briefing Room. While we have made remarkable progress in the 40 years since the first-known reported case of AIDS, this disease remains a serious public health challenge — and we join the international community to honor and remember the more than 36 million people, including 700,000 Americans, who have tragically died from AIDS-related illness since the start of the epidemic. We also renew our commitment to stand with the nearly 38 million people living with HIV around the world as we pursue our shared goal of ending the HIV epidemic.
- National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States 2022–2025 NHAS Vision: The United States will be a place where new HIV infections are prevented, every person knows their status, and every person with HIV has high-quality care and treatment, lives free from stigma and discrimination, and can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstance.
Posted November 10, 2021
- Affordable Care Act Enrollment. Miami-Dade County Ryan White Part A and ADAP ACA Wraparound Enrollment Protocols Open Enrollment Period for the 2022 Plan Year ** PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO HELP CLIENTS COMPLETE RE-ENROLLMENT BY NOVEMBER 30TH **
Posted November 4, 2021
- INVENTUM Article: Sylvester Part of Groundbreaking NIH Trial Proving Anal Cancer Can Be Prevented* Treating precursor anal cancer lesions significantly reduces anal cancer risk in people living with HIV, according to a groundbreaking study of nearly 4,500 people at elevated risk for the cancer.
Posted October 14, 2021
- Adherence 2021 Poster: Access to HIV medical care providers for Ryan White Program clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons learned Trepka MJ (1), Ward M (1), Sheehan DM (1), Gbadamosi SO (1), Ibarra C (1), Li T (1), Ibañez GE (1), Jean-Gilles M (1), Ladner R (2); 1. Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA, 2. Behavioral Science Research Corporation, Miami, FL, USA.
- Equity Matters: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Are Now Available on AHEAD* (HIV.gov) HHS recently added social determinants of health (SDOH) to America’s Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD). The addition of these data assists Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) stakeholders as they develop more comprehensive and data-driven plans of action to serve and meet the diverse needs of their jurisdictions.
Posted October 7, 2021
- Treating Anal Cancer Precursor Lesions Reduces Cancer Risk for People With HIV Groundbreaking National Clinical Trial Halted Due to Therapy’s High Success Rates
Treating precursor anal cancer lesions can significantly reduce the risk of progression to full blown anal cancer among people living with HIV, according to results of a large, phase 3 study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. In a randomized clinical trial with 4,446 participants, known as the Anal Cancer/HSIL Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) study, researchers found that by removing high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL), chances of progression to anal cancer were significantly reduced. The trial is the first to show such findings and was performed at 21 clinical sites around the United States. Results are being prepared for peer-reviewed publication and are being shared now because of the public health importance of the findings. Click here for the complete Press Release.
Posted September 28, 2021
- HealthHIV’s Annual State of Aging and HIV National Survey: Findings Released HealthHIV released the findings its Second Annual State of Aging and HIV National Survey. This national survey reports the experiences of people diagnosis with HIV for 15 or more years as well as people with HIV over age 50, a population expected to comprise three-quarters of all people living with HIV by 2030. It gives insight into this rapidly growing segment of this population and findings can help inform the training needs of providers as they coordinate care for people with HIV as they age.
Posted September 10, 2021
- Provider Relief Funds* (HRSA.gov) On September 29, 2021, health care providers will be able to apply for $25.5 billion in relief funds, including $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural patients and $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic.
- #YourVaccineIsWaiting Public Awareness Campaign Targets Marginalized Groups Living with HIV/AIDS* Blog Post: By: Brandon M. Macsata, CEO, ADAP Advocacy Association. The ADAP Advocacy Association recently launched its public awareness campaign – ‘Your Vaccine Is Waiting’ – targeting marginalized groups living with HIV/AIDS on their need to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Designed to raise awareness, it came in response to learning that numerous segments of the HIV community were among those characterized as vaccine hesitant. The campaign includes four public service announcements, produced by Brandagement, LLC.
Posted September 9, 2021
- Legal Services of Greater Miami News
- Legal Services Successfully Advocates for the Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities Children are returning to school in August after a challenging 2020-2021 school year as a result of the pandemic. Education experts say the year has impacted most students, but special education students were hurt the most. Every child is entitled to a free and appropriate public education that meets his or her special educational needs. Therefore, any child who has a learning disability or a disorder such as ADHD should not fall behind or should not be treated unjustly in the school system.
- Homeowners with federally-backed mortgages did not get the moratorium extension they hoped for, but received a couple of important extensions. The foreclosure moratorium on federally-backed mortgages (those backed by the FHA, USDA, VA, and FHFA for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans), expired on July 30, 2021 with no extension. This means that foreclosure cases may now be initiated or resumed on these mortgages. Contact Legal Services for details. Miami-Dade (305) 576-0080 or Monroe (866) 686-2760.
- Legal Services is a Ryan White Program provider in Miami-Dade County.
Posted September 2, 2021
- HRSA Releases 2020 Data on HIV Prevention and Treatment in Health Centers* This month, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) released its Health Center Program calendar year 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) data. The HIV-specific 2020 UDS data demonstrates that health centers: Conducted nearly 2.5 million HIV tests; Delivered primary care services to almost 190,000 patients living with HIV; Provided Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to 389,000 patients; and Ensured that 81% of newly diagnosed HIV positive patients aged 15-65 years old were linked to care within 30 days of diagnosis.
Posted August 18, 2021
- Until the Cure: One Man’s Journey to Advocacy by local advocate, Alberto Pérez Bermúdez.
- NASTAD PrEP Coverage Brief: PrEP Services Covered with No Cost-Sharing. This National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) fact sheet walks through the coverage and cost-sharing requirements for public and private payers that come with this USPSTF Grade A recommendation. It summarizes federal guidance on implementing Preventive Services provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new federal sub-regulatory guidance addressing PrEP services released on July 19, 2021. Contact NASTAD’s PrEP team at PrEP@NASTAD.org with questions or to request TA on PrEP financing and coverage.
- Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Compass Dashboard The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Compass Dashboard provides users an opportunity to interact with and visualize the reach, impact, and outcomes of the RWHAP. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) developed the RWHAP Compass Dashboard to support data utilization to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. By advancing users’ ability to interact with and utilize RWHAP program data, the dashboard supports HRSA HAB’s vision of optimal HIV/AIDS care and treatment for all.
- U.S. Access Board to Host Public Briefing on Study on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems in Passenger Aircraft From access-board.gov, U.S. Access Board – Advancing Full Access and Inclusion for All. While not strictly related to HIV, this may be of use and interest to some of our members and Ryan White clients. The U.S. Access Board will host a public briefing on the final report on September 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (ET).
Posted July 30, 2021
- Improving ADAP Recertification: Reducing Barriers to Care & Achieving Equity for People Living with HIV ADAP Advocacy Association is pleased to share its latest blog, Improving ADAP Recertification: Reducing Barriers to Care & Achieving Equity for People Living with HIV. The guest blog is authored by Jen Laws, Board Member, ADAP Advocacy Association, and HIV/transgender health advocate).
Posted July 27, 2021
- HHS Announces New National Challenge to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities* Through this challenge, HHS is seeking innovative and effective approaches to increase the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people who are at increased risk for HIV or are people with HIV. The HIV Challenge is open to the public, and HHS will award a total of $760,000 to 15 winners over three phases. Phase 1 submissions are open from July 26, 2021, through September 23, 2021.
- CDC Releases Updated STI Treatment Guidelines as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis Cases Continue to Increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released the 2021 Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Treatment Guidelines. The guidelines provide current evidence-based diagnostic, management, and treatment recommendations and replace the previous 2015 guidance
Posted July 8, 2021
- HIV: Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) People living with HIV who take antiretroviral medication as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partners. Treatment with antiretroviral medication is recommended for all people living with HIV. This medication reduces the amount of HIV within the body and reduces the chance of transmission. That means healthier, longer lives. Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U, is a powerful HIV prevention tool. It redefines living with HIV, reducing stigma and empowering people to live their lives to the fullest.
Posted June 24, 2021
- Dear RWHAP Colleagues: HRSA Recognizes National HIV Testing Day Earlier this month, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) honored HIV long-term survivors and commemorated the 40th anniversary of when the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported in the MMWR. This Sunday, June 27, 2021, we recognize another important observance: National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). This day is an opportunity to encourage and emphasize the importance of HIV testing, which is essential to reducing HIV infections, improving health outcomes for people with HIV, and helping to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
Posted June 10, 2021
- Justice for All – Celebrating Pride Month – Legal Services of Greater Miami Legal Services proudly champions the rights of the LGBTQ+ Community. Through the LGBTQ Rights Project, we assist clients facing healthcare, housing, and workplace discrimination. Additionally, Legal Services attorneys represent clients in obtaining name and gender marker changes that conform to their gender identity. Basic proof of identity documents is required for everyday activities such as traveling, working, and entering government and other secure buildings. Such documents are needed to use a credit card or to show to a police officer during a routine stop. When transgender and gender non-conforming individuals do not have access to these credentials, they are at an even greater risk for discriminatory barriers in every single aspect of their lives.
- White House.gov A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021
Posted June 9, 2021
- HRSA Honors 40 Years of Progress – It’s Time to End the HIV Epidemic On Saturday, June 5, HRSA will mark a momentous milestone in the HIV/AIDS community. It is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day and the 40th anniversary of when the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). On this day, our HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will honor the more than 32 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses globally, including 700,000 in the U.S., since the start of the HIV epidemic.
Posted June 4, 2021
- HIV Long-Term Survivors Day “This June 5th, the world will mark 40 years since the first five cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported.” #HRSAHonorsHIVSurvivors #HIVat40 #HLTSAD Click here to take a look back at the epidemic.
Posted May 10, 2021
- May 13-27 – Section 8 Opening of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) – Information Submission Process. The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Information Submission Process will open on Thursday, May 13, 2021 beginning at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) EST. It will close on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. There will be no submissions accepted after this period. The Information Submission Form will be available in English, Creole, and Spanish.
Posted May 3, 2021 – HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
- May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day This day is a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a time to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.
- May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day* #APIMay19 You can raise awareness of HIV stigma among Asian and Pacific Islander people and provide information on prevention, testing, and treatment using Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources for Asian people and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander people.
Posted April 28, 2021
- From FDOH: Resources to Address Potential Barriers to Long-Acting Injectable Antiretroviral (L-AI ARV) Therapy
Posted April 23, 2021
- HRSA HAB Recognizes National Transgender HIV Testing Day On April 18, HRSA HAB observed National Transgender HIV Testing Day. This awareness day recognizes the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness, and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and gender non-binary people.
We continue to stand in solidarity with the transgender community to advance gender-affirming health care, promote anti-discrimination policies, and reduce HIV-related stigma and transphobia to increase access to and use of HIV testing for transgender and gender non-binary people. In 2019, 2.3 percent (12,550) of clients served by our Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) were transgender. Compared to RWHAP clients identifying as male and female, RWHAP transgender clients are younger, have less stable housing, and have incomes at or below the federal poverty level.
Posted April 13, 2021
- Thursday, April 29, 4:30 pm: HOPWA Program Virtual Public Hearing for FY21-22 (Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022). Click below for the flyer in:
Posted March 26, 2021
- Use of Funds to Support COVID-19 Vaccination and Vaccine-Related Activities The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is distributing and providing vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 at no cost to providers or clients. Vaccine providers may charge a fee to administer COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization. RWHAP providers may be reimbursed for this vaccine administration fee by the patient’s public or private health care coverage, or utilize their RWHAP, Ending the HIV Epidemic, or FY 2020 CARES Act funding to cover this fee. COVID-19 vaccine administration fees may be covered using RWHAP, Ending the HIV Epidemic, or FY 2020 CARES Act funds allocated to Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services, Home and Community-Based Health Services, and/or Home Health Care service categories as described in HRSA HAB PCN 16-02. Ending the HIV Epidemic recipients may also use these funds to cover the COVID-19 vaccine administration fee where administering COVID-19 vaccines are a part of an innovative strategy to engage or re-engage people with HIV in care.
Posted March 25, 2021
- 2021 Special Enrollment Period Access Extended to August 15 on HealthCare.gov for Marketplace Coverage* President Biden announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15 – giving consumers additional time to take advantage of new savings through the American Rescue Plan. This action provides new and current enrollees an additional three months to enroll or re-evaluate their coverage needs with increased tax credits available to reduce premiums. Consumers who want to access the SEP to enroll in coverage and see if they qualify for financial help to reduce the cost of monthly premiums, can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov to view 2021 plans and prices and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Additionally, consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 150 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Consumers can also find a local assister or agent/broker in their area: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
Posted March 10, 2021
- HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day*(TargetHIV) Women accounted for 19% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States (CDC, 2020). In 2019, 26.2% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients were female, with minority women comprising 84% of RWHAP female clients, specifically: 61.3% African American, 19.4% Latina, and 16.4% white (HRSA, 2020) . . .
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day* CDC.gov Dear Colleague Letter: March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health. As we continue our work toward ending America’s HIV epidemic, we acknowledge the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. For some women, the impact of COVID-19 has made it more difficult to access HIV services. On NWGHAAD, join us in making sure all women have continued access to HIV testing (including self-testing), prevention, and treatment and care. Together, we can prevent new HIV infections and help women with HIV stay healthy . . .
- Click here for more NWGHAAD resources.
Posted March 9, 2021
- The Black Church and HIV – The Social Justice Imperative Resources Aimed At Reducing The Impact Of HIV On Black America Through Faith
Posted February 24, 2021
- AHEAD Dashboard Enhances Functionality* (HIV.gov) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released an enhanced version of the America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) that increases functionality and ease of use. As a key component of HHS’ Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, AHEAD visualizes data for six EHE HIV indicators that measure both local and national progress towards ending the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030.
Posted February 22, 2021
- 2021 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines (Annual Income Ranges) Based on the table published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2021, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These guidelines are effective March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022 for the local Ryan White Program (Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22, to determine client financial eligibility. Financial eligibility is based on the client’s gross household income. Ryan White Program subrecipients should refer to the email from the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program, for details.
Posted February 17, 2021
- HRSA Features Miami Beach Community Health Center For its Response to COVID-19 MIAMI, Fla., February 12, 2021 – Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) was featured in the February 9th Primary Care Digest for its response to COVID-19. The Primary Care Digest is a weekly e-mail newsletter sent by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to 1,318 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. “Thanks to its HRSA funding, MBCHC has been instrumental in helping Miami, FL respond to the pandemic. Most recently, they began distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. . . “
Updated February 16 – Posted January 25, 2021
- FDA Approves First Extended-Release, Injectable Drug Regimen for Adults Living with HIV HIV.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cabenuva® (cabotegravir and rilpivirine, injectable formulation) as a complete regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in adults to replace a current antiretroviral regimen in those who are virologically suppressed on a stable antiretroviral regimen with no history of treatment failure and with no known or suspected resistance to either cabotegravir or rilpivirine. This is the first FDA-approved injectable, complete regimen for HIV-infected adults that is administered once a month.
- When available, Cabenuva® orders will go through ViiV Healthcare. ViiV has a very informative site set up for Cabenuva®: https://www.viivconnect.com/injectable/. Ryan White Program subrecipients should contact their contract manager at Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget – Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program for details.
- Preparing for Long-Acting Antiretroviral Treatment – February 2021 NASTAD, HIVMA, American Academy of HIV Medicine press release.
Posted February 4, 2021
- New SAMHSA Guide Highlights HIV Prevention and Treatment for People with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders, a guidebook that addresses the co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness and/or substance use disorder and reviews effective programs and practices to prevent HIV and, for those with HIV, to increase linkage and retention to care in order to improve health outcomes.
Posted February 3, 2021
- New CDC Resource: HIV Prevention in the United States: Mobilizing to End the Epidemic This resource provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in the United States, CDC’s vision for HIV prevention, and how the agency is working to mobilize efforts to end the HIV epidemic.
Posted February 2, 2021
- The Latest on Evictions An update from Legal Services of Greater Miami . . . President Biden extended the CDC eviction moratorium through the end of March 2021 . . . Additionally, on January 22, 2021, the Miami Dade County Commission passed an ordinance which will now require landlords to give 30 days-notice if they wish to terminate a month-to-month tenancy . . .
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Events Calendar! Join your community in these live and virtual opportunities!
Posted January 29, 2021
- The Health Resources and Services (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) letter to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and subrecipients re the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, with links to:
- Vaccination Communication Toolkit: Building confidence about COVID-19 vaccination among your healthcare teams and other staff
- Recipient (Client) Education Toolkit: Educate vaccine recipients about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination
- Talking to patients about the COVID-19 vaccine
- Understanding and explaining the vaccine
- Plain language fact sheets in English and Spanish
- Answering Patients’ Questions
- What to expect at your appointment
Posted January 28, 2021
- New HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Funding Opportunities Support Innovative Health Interventions and Data Capacity Building The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau has released three new Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). All of these NOFOs are part of the RWHAP’s Part F Special Projects of National Significance Program and support the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative.
Posted January 19, 2021
- Just Released! HIV National Strategic Plan A Roadmap to End the Epidemic for the United States | 2021–2025 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Report: The HIV Plan lays out a clear vision: The United States will be a place where new HIV infections are prevented, every person knows their status, and every person with HIV has high-quality care and treatment and lives free from stigma and discrimination. This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstance. Click here to read the HIV.gov announcement.
Posted January 13, 2021
- HealthHIV becomes the new home for PleasePrEPMe.org, the original comprehensive PrEP online resource As of Friday, January 15, 2021, HealthHIV will be the new home of PleasePrEPMe.org, an online platform that expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Initially launched in 2015 as a searchable and location-responsive provider directory for the State of California, PleasePrEPMe.org has expanded to provide HIV prevention resources in English and Spanish for consumers and providers in all 50 states. The platform features an online PrEP navigation training program with multiple modules/courses and downloadable resources which offer comprehensive insights and highlight best practices for PrEP consumers, navigators, and prescribers.
- Fiscal Year 2021-2025 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) released two key documents to guide the NIH HIV/AIDS research program for years to come: (1) The FY 2021–2025 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research (the Plan), and (2) the FY 2021–2025 Notice (NOT-OD-20-018), which present NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding.
Posted December 30, 2020
- Clinical Infectious Diseases Article: Innovations in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Care Delivery During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: Policies to Strengthen the Ending the Epidemic Initiative—A Policy Paper of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association
Posted December 23, 2020
- Syringe Services Programs: A Technical Package of Effective Strategies and Approaches for Planning, Design and Implementation A collaborative effort between CDC and NASTAD. This technical package provides evidence of the effectiveness of strategies and approaches to support successful planning, design, implementation, and sustainability of syringe services programs (SSPs).
- CDC has updated its recommendation for the treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhea in adults. Gonorrhea should now be treated with just one higher dose (500 mg) injection of ceftriaxone, and dual therapy is no longer the recommended approach. The new recommendations, briefly summarized below, are available in 2020 Update to CDC’s Treatment for Gonococcal Infections, a special policy note published on December 17 in MMWR, and this new recommendation supersedes the gonorrhea treatment recommendation included in the 2015 STD Treatment Recommendations.
Posted December 17, 2020
- Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership selected to participate in the RWHAP Part A Planning Councils Recruitment and Retention Learning Collaborative (LC) The Learning Collaborative (LC) will include a series of structured virtual learning sessions that engage PC/PB participants in process improvement with their team, other participating PC/PBs, and subject matter experts. Participating in the LC will support PC/PBs to meet the RWHAP requirement that “not less than 33 percent” of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A planning councils shall be individuals who are receiving HIV-related services [under RWHAP Part A], and “reflect the demographics of the population of individuals with HIV/AIDS” in the service area. During the LC, PC/PBs will develop a recruitment and retention strategy that prioritizes consumers and people of color.
- From HIV.gov: Stay Physically Active During COVID-19: Info for People with HIV Physical activity is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. It helps you feel better, function better, and sleep better. It also reduces stress and anxiety. All of these benefits are still—and perhaps even more—important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- From HIV.gov: Healthy People 2020 Report Shows Progress Toward Achieving Nation’s Health Objectives, Including in Area of HIV “Healthy People 2020: An End of Decade Snapshot,” a report summarizing progress toward achieving the nation’s 10-year health objectives, is now available. The Healthy People initiative provides data, information, and tools to drive action and help all Americans live long and healthy lives.
Posted December 10, 2020
- World AIDS Day Proclamations from This Week on HIV.gov
- Secretary Azar Statement on World AIDS Day
- Statement from Rear Adm. Michael Weahkee on World AIDS Day
- PEPFAR: World AIDS Day 2020 Statement
- Comment on the Draft HIV National Strategic Plan
- NIH Announces Restructured HIV Clinical Trials Networks
- NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2020
- Media Statement from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., in Observance of World AIDS Day 2020
- CDC: World AIDS Day – December 1
- White House Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2020
- HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration, Including to Expand Access to COVID-19 Countermeasures Via Telehealth
- HRSA Announces Record High HIV Viral Suppression Rate in New 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Client-Level Data Report A new report released this week by the Health Resources and Services Administration shows that clients receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program medical care were virally suppressed at a record level – 88.1 percent – in 2019.
Posted December 3, 2020
- HIV National Strategic Plan Posted for Public Comment The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and its Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), has been coordinating development by federal partners throughout HHS and other departments of the next iteration of the national strategy to address the HIV epidemic. The draft HIV National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to End the HIV Epidemic 2021-2025 (HIV Plan) provides a framework to end HIV by 2030. Please consider providing feedback to this important HIV Plan as the federal government moves forward with efforts to end the HIV epidemic. OIDP has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register to solicit input on the draft HIV Plan. HHS seeks input from a broad mix of stakeholders on whether the plan’s goals, objectives, and strategies appropriately address HIV and whether there are any critical gaps. The draft HIV Plan and a link to the Federal Register notice for public inspection are posted on www.HIV.gov. All comments must be submitted electronically to HIVPlanComments@hhs.gov no later than 5:00 pm ET on December 14, 2020, as specified in the Federal Register notice.
Posted December 1, 2020 – World AIDS Day
- Dear Colleague Letter: Jonathan H. Mermin, MD, MPH, RADM and Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the global response to HIV/AIDS, support people living with HIV, and honor lives lost to the HIV epidemic. The U.S. Government’s theme for this year’s observance, “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Resilience & Impact,” calls for greater commitment, greater resilience, and optimized use of expertise from all of us – both in responding to COVID-19 and our ongoing commitment to ending the HIV epidemic. . .”
Posted November 6, 2020
- Open Enrollment is Here! Enroll in 2021 Coverage Today! The 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace® is open for business! You have until December 15 to apply for new 2021 health insurance, or renew, change, or update your 2020 health plan for 2021. Coverage starts January 1, 2021.
Posted November 4, 2020
- Suspension of the ADAP Requirement for CD4 and Viral Load Labs Attached is the Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-276 signed November 3, 2020. The executive order extends the previous Executive Orders No. 20-52 for another 60 days: This means that the suspension of the ADAP requirement for CD4 and Viral Load labs at enrollment and recertification will be extended to January 2, 2021. This Emergency Order means that eligible persons either enrolling or recertifying in ADAP do not need an HIV viral load laboratory result less than 6 months old or an HIV CD4 laboratory result less than 12 months old.
Posted October 29, 2020
- Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) continues to accept applications Based on funding availability, ERAP 2 may be able to provide rental assistance for three (3) months of unpaid rent up to a maximum of $5,000. Basic qualifications include current household annual incomes of less than 120% of Area Median Income (AMI) (for a single person, $76,800), income disrupted due to COVID-19, and evidence of a valid lease.
Posted October 22, 2020
- Implications for Households If the Supreme Court Overturns the Affordable Care Act Robert Wood Johnson Foundation article by Linda J. Blumberg and Len M. Nichols
Posted October 8. 2020
- Miami Beach Community Health Center is a National Quality Leader for the second time in five years MIAMI, Fla., October 6, 2020 – Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) once again received HRSA’s prestigious National Quality Leader award. This award recognizes MBCHC for ranking in the top 1-2% nationally of all health centers in the clinical quality measures that promote diabetes health and heart health for 2019. MBCHC previously attained National Quality Leader status in 2016. MBCHC is also a Gold tier Health Center Quality Leader for achieving overall clinical performance in the top 10% of all health centers nationwide. HRSA’s Quality Awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide. “MBCHC is immensely proud of this significant accomplishment and we owe it to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding clinical leadership and staff,” said Trudy Pacheco, Director of Grant and Project Development.
- HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Optimizing HIV Care for People Aging with HIV: Reference Guides for Aging with HIV
- Putting Together the Best Health Care Team The purpose of this reference guide is to discuss how all members of the health care team can contribute to the care of people aging with HIV. Specifically, this reference guide identifies roles, responsibilities, staff training, and resources for the health care team to build their capacity. The reference guide may assist the health care team as they build and expand their knowledge and practice of serving people aging with HIV.
- Incorporating New Elements of Care The purpose of this reference guide is to identify commonly occurring health care and social needs of people aging with HIV and to highlight the screenings and assessments for these needs. This reference guide serves as a starting point for the health care team as it builds and expands its knowledge and practice of serving people aging with HIV.
Posted October 7, 2020
- hab.hrsa.gov: The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is pleased to release the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2018. This publication reflects HRSA HAB’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the availability of program information. The report is the second publication of national ADAP client-level data submitted through the ADAP Data Report (ADR) system. ADR data describe the demographic characteristics of clients accessing ADAP services and the ADAP-funded services used. Data are included for 2014 through 2018, nationally and by state/territory.
Posted October 1, 2020
- October 15, 2020 – National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day #NLAAD Coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS, National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed each year on October 15 to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the Hispanic/Latino population in the US. Get Involved – Partners and organizations can use the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources to highlight ways to reduce HIV stigma and promote testing and treatment for Hispanics/Latinos. The Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign includes resources and partnerships aimed at stopping HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. This campaign is part of the national Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative and empowers communities, partners on the ground, and healthcare providers to reduce stigma among all Americans, prevent HIV among the hardest-hit populations, and help people with HIV stay healthy.
- HHS Awards $2.24 Billion in Grants to Help Americans Access HIV/AIDS Care, Support Services, and Medication Today’s announcement builds on HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program FY 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act awards made in April and the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative awards made in February, reflecting a total FY 2020 investment of approximately $2.39 billion.
September 27, 2020 – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD)
- National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is observed each year on September 27 to direct attention to the continuing and disproportionate impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men in the United States. Partners and organizations can use the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources to highlight ways to reduce HIV stigma and promote testing and treatment for gay and bisexual men. The Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign includes resources and partnerships aimed at stopping HIV stigma and promoting HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. This campaign is part of the national Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative. Let’s Stop HIV Together empowers communities, partners on the ground, and healthcare providers to reduce stigma among all Americans, prevent HIV among the hardest-hit populations, and help people with HIV stay healthy.
Posted September 24, 2020
- CDC Announces New HIV Treatment Campaign Resources The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rolling out a new suite of HIV Treatment Works (HTW) products and materials as part of its Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign. The new campaign materials focus on reaching and supporting people with HIV and encouraging them to get in care, stay on medication, reduce their risks, and live well with HIV throughout their life. @StartTalkingHIV @CDCHIV @StartTalkingHIV @CDC_HIVAIDS @stophivtogether
September 18, 2020 – National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
- From the Florida Department of Health . . .
- The AIDS Institute is the designated lead organization for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day . . .
- From CDC.gov: National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day . . .
- From HIV.gov: The HIV population in the United States is aging . . .
September 3, 2020
- HRSA Publishes Special Collection of Articles from SPNS Social and Digital Media Initiative “This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a collection of manuscripts in Health Promotion Practice (HPP) September 2020 edition, highlighting models of care and outcomes from an initiative that utilized innovative social media methods to link and retain hard-to-reach youth and young adults in HIV primary care and supportive services. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program “Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum” initiative funded demonstration projects in ten cities throughout the country from fiscal year 2015-2019.”
September 1, 2020
- The HIV Epi Profile for Florida and the 6 Ryan White Program Part A’s has been released from the Florida Department of Health. Click here to access the data via Florida CHARTS.
August 18, 2020 – Celebrating 30 Years of the Ryan White CARE Act
- Today, HRSA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. In 1990, this critical legislation was signed into law creating the largest Federal program focused uniquely on providing care and treatment to people with HIV – the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).
- The theme is “30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic.” For three decades, the program has been vital to the public health response to HIV in the U.S. and is a critical component of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative. More than 50 percent of people with diagnosed HIV in the U.S. receive services from the RWHAP each year. That’s more than half a million people each year.
- To honor this milestone, HRSA encourages recipients, federal partners, and stakeholders to print out and fill in an “I CARE” sign, take a photo, and share it with @HRSAgov with the hashtag #30YearsofCARE.
July 30, 2020
- Miami Beach Community Health Center Receives Diabetes Navigator Grant from Direct Relief and Eli Lilly MIAMI, Fla., July 30, 2020 – Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) today announced an award of $50,000 from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company. Direct Relief and Eli Lilly launched an initiative to award Diabetes Navigator grants to help underserved patients with diabetes better navigate the U.S. health care system and connect to resources so they can maintain and improve their health.
July 29, 2020
- “Live with Leadership” Conversations Videos Now Available During AIDS 2020, HIV.gov held three opportunities for attendees to hear directly from key HHS leaders about current and planned activities to further Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE). At each of the 20-minute sessions, participants heard short remarks from either CDC’s Dr. Jono Mermin, HRSA’s Dr. Laura Cheever, or Mr. Harold Phillips, from the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy. The presenters then answered questions about EHE from the virtual audience.
July 27, 2020
- 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment Agenda Released! Offers dozens of plenary and breakout sessions over four days:
- Track 1: Population-Based Approaches for Improving Access, Engagement/Reengagement, and Health Outcomes
- Track 2: Data Utilization
- Track 3: Innovative System-level Models for HIV Service Delivery
- Track 4: Clinical Quality Management
- Track 5: RWHAP Planning and Resource Allocation: Community Engagement and Collaborative Partnerships
- Track 6:RWHAP Fiscal and Grant Management Boot Camp
July 21, 2020
- The Community Action and Human Services Department will provide Home Energy Bill Assistance to eligible Miami-Dade County residents effected by COVID-19* MIAMI (July 21, 2020) — The Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now providing COVID-19 Crisis Assistance to qualified Miami-Dade County residents who are experiencing a hardship in paying their home energy bill due to the pandemic.
July 16, 2020
- COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits from the CDC Videos, Social Media, PSAs, Print Resources, Checklists, FAQs, and Web Resources
- What You Need to Know About the 6 EHE Indicators: The AHEAD Dashboard America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) will display data on the six EHE indicators used by the federal government to track progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in America. By tracking progress, we will be able to monitor movement towards reducing new HIV transmissions by at least 90% by 2030.
July 9, 2020
- FDOH/CDC Fact Sheets
July 8, 2020
- Florida Department of Health Emergency Order Number 20-006. The following is stated on page 4 of the State Surgeon General’s Emergency Order: “For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, I hereby suspend Florida Administrative Code Rule 64D-4.007(1)(c) to allow a person applying for initial enrollment or recertification for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to enroll or be recertified absent an HIV viral load laboratory result less than six months old and an HIV CD4 laboratory result less than 12 months old. This suspension applies until the expiration of Executive Order No. 20-52.” This Emergency Order means that eligible persons either enrolling or recertifying in ADAP do not need an HIV viral load laboratory result less than 6 months old or an HIV CD4 laboratory result less than 12 months old. This will last until the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-52, which declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19.
July 1, 2020
- Engaging Consumers during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Summary of Key Findings, Challenges and Sound Practices. On June 4, Planning Council/Planning Body Support (PCS) staff from around the country joined Planning CHATT and EGM Consulting for a virtual discussion to share experiences, challenges, and creative solutions for keeping consumer members and consumer committees engaged, connected and supported during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Thank you to everyone who joined and participated in the call.
June 27, 2020
- HRSA Recognizes National HIV Testing Day on June 27* This year’s Testing Day theme is “Knowing,” which highlights the importance of knowing your HIV status, knowing where you can get tested, and knowing how you can connect to care and treatment services if you test positive. Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. have HIV, but one in seven people with HIV are unaware they have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . .
- CDC’s National HIV Testing Day Dear Colleague Letter* Dear Colleague: June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). As people across the nation fight for racial justice, it is critical that we continue to shine a light on the health disparities that persist in communities of color, with some of the most extreme occurring in HIV and STDs. Every day, we work together to dismantle the systemic barriers to health equity and ensure that everyone in the United States has equal and unfettered access to affordable healthcare, which includes HIV testing. . .
June 25, 2020
- Integrated Planning Guidance from DHHS On June 17, 2020, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) issued a program letter on the upcoming release of guidance for the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan, including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need (SCSN), a legislative requirement for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B recipients. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HAB and DHAP have determined they will postpone the issuance of the new guidance for calendar years 2022-2027 submission, which was anticipated in summer 2020. HAB and DHAP will notify grant recipients of the updated timeline for the guidance and the submission later this year.
June 18, 2020
- New FDA Information on OraQuick In-Home HIV Test* (HIV.gov) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new information on the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test. This is the only FDA-approved in-home HIV test.
- Albertsons Companies and Walmart Donate Their Dispensing Services to HHS to Support the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative* (HIV.gov) The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will further expand access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV prevention medications by adding donated dispensing services from Albertsons Companies and Walmart to the Ready, Set, PrEP program beginning no later than July 30, 2020. The program allows uninsured patients to fill their prescriptions at no cost.
- FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Infants and Children with HIV* (HIV.gov) On June 12, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tivicay (dolutegravir) tablets and Tivicay PD (dolutegravir) tablets for suspension to treat HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients at least four weeks old and weighing at least 3 kg (6.61 pounds) in combination with other antiretroviral treatments.
- Men’s Health Awareness Week is the Week before Father’s Day National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. This week is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier to support and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men. . In 2018, 4,906 Floridians were diagnosed with HIV, including 3,892 (79%) men, of whom 35% were ages 20–29, and 74% attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (MSM), 19% to heterosexual contact, 4% to injection drug use (IDU) and 3% to MSM/IDU. By race/ethnicity, 37% were Hispanics/Latinxs, 35% Black, 26% White, and 2% other/mixed races (compared to Florida’s male population of 26%, 15%, 54% and 5% respectively). Of the 119,661 persons with an HIV diagnosis (PWH) in Florida in 2018, 73% were men, of whom 68% were retained in care, (vs. 69% of all Florida PWH); and 65% had a suppressed viral load (vs. 64% of all FL PWH). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by >90%.
June 9, 2020
- SE AETC Dear Colleagues Letter: The Central Office of the Southeast AETC shares the heartbreak and outrage of the nation over the recent events which highlight the impact of institutional racism and violence on many members of our society. Unfortunately, the attitudes and practices that led to the chilling murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis are not new and reflect many of the tremendous challenges the SE AETC faces today as we try to overcome barriers to providing compassionate, expert and unbiased care to all people with HIV. Stigma and its effect on patient care are closely linked to the issues laid bare by the events in Minnesota. We will continue to do our part to deal with stigma and all its negative effects on our patients. We are extremely privileged to work with you all in this time of turmoil and distress. For information on how to reduce stigma and cultural insensitivity in your practice:
- Stigma Reduction Handbook, Videos and Lessons
- Enroll in the Cultural Humility Online Curriculum
- Webinar on Medical Mistrust in the Black Community
- June 15, 2020 Webcast on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Treatment of Pain and Its Impact on HIV Management
- June 17, 2020 Webcast on Providing Trauma-Informed Care
June 5, 2020
- June 5: HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. Not Our First Pandemic is the HLTSAD 2020 theme – An invitation to survivors to share insights gleaned from surviving the AIDS pandemic in a world gripped by COVID-19. Take a moment today to recognize HLTS in your life. #NotOurFirstPandemic #HLTSAD
June 3, 2020
- June 5, 2020 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. Not Our First Pandemic is the HLTSAD 2020 theme – An invitation to survivors to share insights gleaned from surviving the AIDS pandemic in a world gripped by COVID-19. Take a moment today to recognize HLTS in your life. #NotOurFirstPandemic #HLTSAD
Posted April 2020
- Suspension of Viral Load Laboratory Result and CD4 Laboratory Result for ADAP – and Changes to Part A’s related rules
- HIV.gov Toolkit Highlights Ways to Improve HIV Outcomes through Data Sharing and Housing and Care Coordination
- Health Providers: Join the Telehealth Revolution (HIV.gov)
- HHS Awards $90 Million to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipients for COVID-19 Response (HAB/HRSA) This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded $90 million for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients across the country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Ryan White Program Outreach Concerns
- Coronavirus Information for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipients and Partners
Posted March 13, 2020
- Extraordinary Measures in Extraordinary Times* (crossposted from Health Care in Motion) This alert provides a review of the evolving policy landscape related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and opportunities for federal, state, and local governments to respond.
Posted March 11, 2020
- March 10: Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – CDC Dear Colleague Letter* (HIV.gov) This year’s theme, “HIV Prevention Starts with Me,” reminds us that everyone, regardless of their HIV status, can make an impact in preventing new HIV cases in women and their partners. The theme encourages women to take charge of their health through prevention measures, such as taking daily medicine to prevent HIV called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), if they are at high risk. Click here for details.
Posted March 9, 2020
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Printable flyer of web resources from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.
Posted March 5, 2020
- HHS Awards $117 Million to End the HIV Epidemic in the United States* (HHS) February 26 Press Release. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $117 million to expand access to HIV care, treatment, medication, and prevention services. This investment is a critical component of the Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States by 90 percent by 2030.
Posted February 27, 2020
- HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day* (Target HIV) Women account for 19% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States (CDC, 2017(link is external)) and 26.5% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients (HRSA, 2018(link is external)). Minority women comprise 84% of RWHAP female clients, of whom 62.1% are African American, 19% are Latina, and 16% are white . . .
Posted February 25, 2020 (Originally posted 11/14/19)
- New Public Charge Rule is in effect as of Febraury 24, 2020
- Immigration & the Ryan White Program
- Message From the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination/Ryan White Program: It has come to our attention that people with HIV who are in the process of seeking admission to the U.S. or an adjustment in their immigration status fear that enrollment or participation in the Ryan White Program may jeopardize their chances for a successful immigration outcome. Even some attorneys are telling them this, in error. Please let clients in this situation and/or their attorneys know that, per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on public charge (dated August 14, 2019), the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is exempt from the “public charge” restrictions. [Click here for the Final Rule report and note the highlighted sections.] It is critical to remind clients of the importance of HIV treatment adherence to their overall health and the health of our Miami-Dade community.
- A Look at the Public Charge Final Rule: Are There Implications for HRSA? Please note the highlighted sections.
Posted February 13, 2020
- Registration is Now Open for the 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment* The conference is the largest national meeting for HIV care and treatment providers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, and other stakeholders. This year’s theme is “30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic,” which is timely as HRSA recognizes a major program milestone, 30 years since the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was first enacted.
- New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Population Fact Sheets Now Available* (HRSA.gov) New population-specific fact sheets highlighting data about clients served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) are now available on the HIV/AIDS Bureau website. These consumer-focused materials feature 2018 RWHAP client-level data. Fact sheet topics include: RWHAP client overview, youth and young adults, older adults, black/African American clients, transgender clients, female clients, and Hispanic/Latino clients.
Posted January 30, 2020
- NIAID Launches First Clinical Trial to Test Antibody–Drug Combination for Long-Acting HIV Treatment* (HIV.gov) Current treatment for HIV involves taking two or more antiretroviral drugs in tablet form daily, often as a single pill. Sticking to a daily drug regimen can be difficult for some people, however, so scientists are researching new HIV treatment regimens that involve a dose of medication just once a month or even less frequently . . .
Posted January 17, 2020
- Toolkit: Addressing HIV Care and Housing Coordination through Data Integration to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum* (TargetHIV) This toolkit is designed to help organizations planning to integrate their data. It highlights critical decision points and activities that organizations interested in data integration should consider before the initiation of such a project. . .Topics covered in this toolkit: Readiness; Current service coordination deficiencies; Technical decisions; Training on use of integrated data system and service coordination; and Quality measurement.
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Posted March 31, 2022
- Facts and Myths about HIV Stigma among Heterosexual Men – Howard University Webinar featuring Partnership member, Alberto Perez Bermudez (minute 44).
- World AIDS Museum Interview with Alberto Perez Bermudez (YouTube)
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