To Continue to Bolster Health Equity for New Yorkers Living With and Placed At Risk for Hiv, State Department of Health Announces New Request for Applications (RFA)

RFA Seeks New Partner to Support the Promotion and Monitoring of Quality HIV Clinical Services for NYSDOH's AIDS Institute Quality of Care Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 29, 2022) – The New York State Department of Health's (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute announced the release of a new Request for Applications (RFA) to support the AIDS Institute's Quality of Care Program. As part of NYSDOH's goal to end the AIDS epidemic, as well as to improve access to the social determinants of health, this work builds on the Institute's ongoing work to promote the implementation of equitable clinical and service care in New York.

"Ending the AIDS epidemic remains a top priority for the Department," State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. "That is why we have launched a new RFA to identify a partner who can work with us in the promotion and monitoring of care received by all New Yorkers living with and placed at risk for HIV. With the right partner, New York State will continue its mission to dismantle historic disparities faced by HIV-positive and at-risk communities."

Core to its mission to advance the health and well-being of all individuals statewide living with HIV, NYSDOH's AIDS Institute promotes and monitors the quality of clinical HIV care and prevention services received by New Yorkers. To ensure equitable access to beneficial social determinants of health, NYSDOH's Quality of Care Program collects data on the performance of HIV providers. This data is then used to identify and foster areas for improvement and capacity for quality management.

The RFA, issued jointly with Health Research, Inc. and distributed to potential applicants across the state, provides NYSDOH the opportunity to select a partner who can provide a robust range of services, including activities associated with the development, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of quality clinical HIV care and its attended risks and co-morbidities. The grant includes $680,000 in funding annually, totaling $3,400,000 for the five-year total.

Specifically, the RFA application includes:

  • Improvements to referrals and engagement
  • Ensuring access to stable housing
  • Health, housing, and human rights for LGBT communities
  • Transgender health care and human rights
  • Access to care for residents of rural, suburban, and other areas of the state
  • Providing comprehensive sexual health education
  • Increasing access to employment opportunities

One award will be made statewide to the highest scoring applicant, and the applicant must be a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in New York State. Applications are due by 4:00 PM on August 4, 2022. The link to the RFA is available here.

New Yorkers can learn more about NYSDOH's AIDS Institute here and the Quality of Care Program here.