At USCA 2016, HRSA staff presented a HRSA Pathway track, and collaborated on Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) sessions.
HRSA happenings at USCA 2016 are presented on this page and include session slides, an HIV.gov Facebook Live interview, and a USCA 2016 program book welcome (to your right) and message to attendees from Dr. Laura Cheever (see below).
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is a diverse and multi-layered program, suggesting that any series of presentations is going to be hard to summarize. However, there were a set of commonalities across HRSA's presentations:
The RWHAP has a robust client-level data system, which provides the tools necessary for programs at all levels--federal, state and local--to both monitor progress and plan for current and future needs.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy Updated to 2020 was a big topic in multiple HRSA sessions as the document provides guidance for programs in critical areas dealing with, for example, populations and issues to address. Hepatitis C co-morbidity, and housing access/stability were just a few focus areas.
HRSA's work is also doubling down on targeting African American men who have sex with men (MSM), who continue to bear the heaviest impact of HIV/AIDS incidence.
Technical Assistance and Training
HRSA staff also outlined multiple TA and training initiatives that are underway, augmenting ongoing initiatives targeting integrated planning, minority MSM, leadership and people with HIV, and hepatitis C.
HHS Initiatives in Response to HIV Among Black Gay Men
HRSA's Message to USCA 2016 Attendees HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) and USCA continue to move forward to tackle persistent challenges. Nearly three out of every four Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients are members of racial or ethnic minority populations. HRSA and its over 600 grant recipients—and thousands of HIV care providers—are continuously developing innovative ways to engage people in the HIV care continuum as we pursue the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated through 2020 (NHAS 2020).
Laura Cheever, M.D., Sc.M.
Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration