Ryan White and World AIDS Day


December 1 is World AIDS Day. The 2021 theme is Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.

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Equity. Everyone's Voice. Ending the HIV Epidemic. Read on to learn about HRSA's technical assistance work in each of these interrelated areas and see the Technical Assistance Directory for the full range of support for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).

Equitable Access

Equity has been a principle of the RWHAP since its inception in 1990. The outcome of that drive for equity is apparent in the data. RWHAP programs track and work on narrowing disparities in HIV care access and outcomes across social determinants of health, including gender, sexuality, age, race/ethnicity, and housing status. Disparities have been narrowed, but the work is unfinished. 

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Everyone's Voice

Consumer involvement is a legislative requirement and driving principle of the RWHAP in planning and care delivery. The foundation is deeply rooted in the work of individuals and community agencies from the earliest days of the epidemic. Read more in AIDS at 40: Envisioning a Future We Never Imagined.

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  • Planning Councils and Planning Bodies: Ensure meaningful community involvement in making decisions about use of RWHAP resources.
  • People with HIV and Community Involvement: Best practices for consumer involvement in planning, consumer advisory boards, and as paid staff in HIV care programs.
  • Peer Programs: Examples of ways to include people with HIV on the care team.
  • ELEVATE: Training for people with HIV to meaningfully engage and take on leadership roles in planning bodies, advocacy actions, and the HIV workforce.
  • ESCALATE: Training for agencies to address internalized and externalized HIV-related stigma.

Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

HRSA programs play a key role in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) plan. Activities include funding to select Part A (urban areas) and Part B (states) under the RWHAP. 

Learn more about HRSA EHE activities under the RWHAP and HRSA Health Centers.   

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HRSA has funded the TAP-in: Technical Assistance Provider-innovation network to provide technical assistance and training support for EHE jurisdictions. Services include:

  • A national network of TA coaches and virtual support (watch the video to learn more about the TA services, starting at 1:40).  
  • The TAP-in Webinar Series on interventions to improve HIV responses. Examples include rapid ART, reaching people at high risk in emergency room settings, addressing substance use disorders, and dealing with cluster outbreaks.
  • Rapid ART: An Essential Strategy for Ending the HIV Epidemic, the first of TAP-in Resources out-of-the-gate, presents tools on implementing HIV care innovations. 
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