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Read the response from The Department for HIV Elimination regarding our current events, COVID-19 and the disparities felt by African Americans and people living with HIV.
The Department for HIV Elimination is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are committed to educating those in our community about this virus.
There’s so much information circulating about Coronavirus. We have put together a list of helpful links for people living with HIV (PLWH) to stay informed about Coronavirus.
COVID-19 Helpful Links:
CDC: What To Know About HIV and COVID-19
Fulton County received the third-highest award in the nation, which will be used to provide HIV treatment services in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett counties. These four counties are among the 48 U.S. counties with the highest rates of new HIV infections in the nation.
“This award brings us another step closer to the goal of ending AIDS in the next decade,” said Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts. “Treatment works, and these dollars will literally save lives.”
Jeff Cheek, Director of the Department of HIV Elimination, has worked with community members to identify priorities for this funding, including expanding clinic hours; creating a shared client eligibility portal among HIV agencies and county health clinics so clients living with HIV only need to provide their information once; incorporating tele-medicine to expand treatment options; and hiring a community engagement specialist to give people with HIV more of a say on how services are implemented.
“To help us maximize number of people we serve within the 12-month award period, we will focus on projects that have a large impact at a low cost,” said Cheek.
The Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative seeks to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the United States by 75 percent within five years, and then by at least 90 percent within 10 years, for an estimated 250,000 total HIV infections averted. The total amount awarded to the 39 metropolitan areas and 8 states for the Ending the Epidemic Initiative was $55,070,000.
The Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council is a mandated planning body which plans for the comprehensive delivery of HIV/AIDS services and allocation of resources for the Atlanta Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA). Their responsibilities include identifying the needs of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, preparing a comprehensive plan, setting priorities for the allocation of funding, and evaluating how well services meet community needs.
Currently, the Planning Council is assisting the Department for HIV Elimination with the community engagement portion of the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” initiative.
Now available – the latest clinical chart review report! Client charts were reviewed at all Outpatient Ambulatory Health Services subrecipients funded by Ryan White Part A in 2017. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which Ryan White Part A funded agencies are providing care that meets quality of care guidelines. Eighteen quality indicators were assessed. The Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) goal was met or exceeded for 7 measures and 3 opportunities for improvement were identified