Health Commissioner Announces Grants to Fight HIV/AIDS in Communities of Color

AIDS Epidemic Disproportionately Impacts Minority New Yorkers

Albany, December 20, 2001 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced awards totaling $975,000 to six organizations that provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in communities of color across New York. Four of the agencies selected to receive funds are minority–run organizations and all six serve primarily minority populations.

"These funds will build on New York's aggressive and comprehensive efforts to fight HIV/AIDS where it is hitting hardest – in minority communities," Dr. Novello said. "New York has always been ahead in responding to the AIDS epidemic with extraordinary resources, coupled with compassion, sensitivity and inclusion of multi–cultural issues and the total commitment of the AIDS Institute. Even in the presence of the events that occurred in September, we will not forget those affected and infected with HIV. We will continue to provide comprehensive prevention, treatment and supportive services to all those people who continue to be impacted by HIV."

As of June 2000, 80 percent of all New York State residents diagnosed with AIDS since the early 1980s have been people of color (including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders).

Currently, New York spends more than $2 billion for HIV/AIDS programs and health care services, the highest level of support for prevention, treatment and other HIV/AIDS services in the nation – the vast majority of which directly supports health care and community–based organizations which serve New Yorkers with HIV or those who are at risk of HIV. The award recipients announced today were selected based on a competitive process which measured applicant organizations' ability to provide expanded services to specific high risk populations within minority communities.

The six agencies within the affected communities will provide intensive outreach, case finding, behavior change interventions, ties to health care and partner counseling in minority communities. Their goal is not only to prevent new HIV infections, but help identify persons with HIV/AIDS and ensure that they receive all available and necessary services as well. The grant awards awarded today build on an already extensive statewide network of providers funded by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.

The following will receive a combination of funds secured by New York State from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration:

Region   Grant Recipient   Award
New York City   People of Color in Crisis   $150,000
    Harlem United   $150,000
    Gay Men's Health Crisis   $225,000
Hudson Valley   Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Center   $140,000
Syracuse   AIDS Community Resources   $140,000
Western New York   Men of Color Health Awareness   $170,000

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