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.
Posted December 23, 2019
- Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic Must Not Ignore People Already Living With HIV * (HIV.gov) NIH Experts Highlight Importance of Addressing HIV-Associated Comorbidities: Efforts to prevent new HIV transmissions in the United States must be accompanied by advances in addressing HIV-associated comorbidities to improve the health of people already living with HIV, National Institutes of Health experts assert in the third of a series of JAMA commentaries.
- HRSA Releases Inaugural Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Oral Health Data Report The inaugural Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Oral Health Data Report, 2017 provides a deeper look at service utilization, demographic, and socioeconomic factors among clients served across RWHAP oral health programs and the characteristics of RWHAP-funded organizations that deliver oral health services.
Posted December 12, 2019
- HIV.gov: HRSA Announces Highest HIV Viral Suppression Rate in New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Client-Level Data Report * A new report released last week by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that clients receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program medical care were virally suppressed at a record level – 87.1 percent – in 2018. This means people with HIV who take medication daily as prescribed and reach and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.
Posted December 5, 2019
- Residential Treatment Beds Available for Ryan White Program Clients – Better Way of Miami has residential beds available for men and women in their substance abuse treatment program. Remember that the income eligibility level for this service was increased to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. If you know of clients in need of this service, please have them contact their Medical Case Manager for a Certified Referral. If you have service-related questions for Better Way, please contact Rose Marcial at 305-64-3409, Ext. 122, or by email at RMarcial@bwom.org.
- HIV Testing, Treatment, Prevention Not Reaching Enough Americans * HIV.gov: December 3, 2019 – New analysis shows how far proposed federal efforts must go to end U.S. HIV epidemic. Far too many Americans with HIV are unaware that they have it. Far too few have the virus under control through effective treatment. And far too few Americans are taking the daily pill that prevents HIV. . .
- CDC Releases Latest HIV Surveillance Report* HIV surveillance reports disseminate data about HIV and AIDS—for example, the number and population rates of HIV diagnoses, the number of people living with HIV, and the number of people who are receiving HIV medical care.
Posted November 7, 2019
- Combating Discrimination Against Patients with HIV * HIV.gov article by Roger T. Severino, Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Posted October 9, 2019
- Promoting HIV Testing and Prevention: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day * (HIV.gov) This year’s observance on October 15th is happening in a new context. The Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative provides an important new framework for HIV/AIDS Awareness Days and offers additional support for NLAAD’s long-time goals.
- FDA Approves Second Drug to Prevent HIV Infection as Part of Ongoing Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic * (HIV.gov) “PrEP drugs are highly effective when taken as indicated in the drug labeling and can prevent HIV infection,” said Jeffrey Murray, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Division of Antiviral Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This approval provides more prevention options for certain patients at-risk for acquiring HIV and helps further efforts by the FDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the development of HIV treatment and prevention options to reduce new HIV infections.”
Posted October 3, 2019
- Fighting Together: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day 2019 * (HIV.gov) National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) highlights the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic and Latinx communities. The Latino Commission on AIDS—the lead organizer for this October 15 observance—notes, “the NLAAD 2019 campaign want[s] to address that people of either HIV status have a say on ending HIV, in stopping new diagnoses.”
- Resource on Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV * (AIDS United) Meaningful involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is about ensuring that the communities most affected by HIV are involved in decision-making, at every level of the response to the epidemic. This resource provides an overview of MIPA, ways of thinking about MIPA, and methods of implementing and evaluating MIPA in organizations and communities. It was developed by AIDS United and the U.S People Living with HIV Caucus.
Posted September 26, 2019
- CDC Communication Resources * HIV.gov: “CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources that support our ongoing efforts to prevent HIV and help people with HIV stay healthy. The new and revised tools also support the work of the proposed HHS initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.”
Posted September 19, 2019
- HRSA Releases Inaugural Report of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program AIDS Drug Assistance Program Client-Level Data (HIV.gov) * The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2017 [PDF, 660KB] is the inaugural publication of data submitted through the ADAP Data Report (ADR) system. The data describe the demographic characteristics of clients accessing ADAP services and the ADAP-funded services used. Data are included for 2014 through 2017, nationally and by state/territory.
- National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) * is on September 27. This awareness day allows us to reflect on the impact that HIV has had on gay and bisexual men over the past three decades and remember those we have lost, as well as to acknowledge the many contributions of gay and bisexual men, including their tireless activism on behalf of those at risk for and living with HIV.
- Recognizing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2019 (HIV.gov) * National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is observed annually on September 18 to recognize the impact of HIV on issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment and to call attention to their needs and concerns as they aim to live well with HIV.
Posted September 5, 2019
- New Security Procedures at Stephen P. Clark Center (Government Center Downtown) Please read the new procedures and list of restricted items. Be sure to allow extra time for the new screening process.
- Merck Foundation Launches Five-Year Initiative to Reduce Disparities in HIV Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Southeastern US Communities * The Merck Foundation (the Foundation) has launched HIV Care Connect, a $7 million, five-year initiative to help reduce disparities in access to care and improve health outcomes for persons with HIV living in vulnerable and underserved Southeastern U.S. communities. . . The Foundation has selected the following organizations as HIV Care Connect program grantees: Care Resource (Miami, FL); Medical Advocacy and Outreach (Montgomery, AL); and University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS) . . .
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