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Recap of Message from HRSA HAB on Hurricane/Storm Florence

Monday, September 24, 2018


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Recap From HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau
9/17/18 Email

Dear Colleagues:

As we continue to follow the reports on the impact of Hurricane/Storm Florence on our clients and colleagues in the Carolinas, we want to let you know that HRSA HAB has been in contact with our RWHAP Parts A - D programs to stay up-to-date on service provision for people living with HIV (PLWH).

Thus far, we are aware of some service delivery site closures but it is too early to determine the long-term impact of Hurricane Florence on service delivery for RWHAP clients or potential displacements of clients. We will continue to monitor the impact of the storm and work with our RWHAP A – D colleagues to address any service needs for those displaced within the states.

We encourage RWHAP Parts A – D in the surrounding areas to consider streamlined approaches to eligibility and maximizing all available resources to ensure access to medications and services in this emergent situation.

In addition, HRSA HAB has reviewed all legislative and programmatic data and administrative reporting requirements, as well as any current NOFOs, to determine if any extensions are required. While we have not identified any at present, we will continue to monitor upcoming requirements and deadlines and will address those on a case by case basis in conjunction with the HRSA Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM).

These weather related events are significantly challenging to our RWHAP clients, our RWHAP colleagues in the impacted areas, and to their families. HRSA HAB will continue to work to provide support and guidance, as appropriate, for the duration of the recovery.

Laura and Heather

Laura W. Cheever, MD, ScM
Associate Administrator

Heather Hauck, MSW, LICSW
Deputy Associate Administrator

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