H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 19:34:36 -0500

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From: mhennegh@os.dhhs.gov <mhennegh@os.dhhs.gov>
Date: Friday, August 07, 1998 2:34 PM

Date:  August 7, 1998
For Release:  Immediately
Contact: HRSA Press Office (301) 443-3376


        HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced $17.5 million in
care and dental care grants through the Ryan White CARE Act targeted to
women, children, youth and families and others living with HIV/AIDS.  The
new grants directly address HIV/AIDS in underserved areas and racial and
ethnic minority communities, providing critical health and dental services,
support services and access to research opportunities.

        The awards are funded under Title IV of the Ryan White CARE
(Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act, the Coordinated Care and
Access to Research for Children, Women, Youth and Families program ($10.2
million); and Part F of the Act, the HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement Program
($7.3 million).  They bring to 49 the number of projects funded under Title
IV.  The Part F program funded dental care for 69,000 patients in 1997,
covering about 47 percent of the unreimbursed costs of this care.

        "The awards we announce today are a critical component of our
assistance designed specifically to serve our most vulnerable citizens and
communities, particularly women, youth, and families in minority
communities in both urban and rural settings," said Secretary Shalala.
"These funds help ensure that low-income uninsured individuals living with
HIV/AIDS have access to high quality care."

        Racial and ethnic minorities together account for more than 54
of the total AIDS cases reported since the beginning of the epidemic.

        In 1997, the fastest growing proportion of new AIDS cases was
among women of color.  African American and Latina women accounted for 80
percent of new AIDS cases reported among women.   Sixty three percent of
new AIDS cases among children under 13 are among African Americans, and 23
percent are among Hispanics.

        "The AIDS epidemic is increasingly becoming a disease of people of
color, of the young, of minorities -- people who often do not have access
to quality care and treatment," said Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

        "Improving access to HIV/AIDS care is essential and a key objective
the Ryan White CARE Act programs," said Claude Earl Fox, M.D.,
Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the HHS
agency that oversees the CARE Act.   Nearly 80 percent of clients served
through the Title IV program in 1996 were from racial and ethnic

        The Department has been working within its HIV/AIDS programs to
develop a focused response to the changing demographics of the epidemic and
the special concerns which these changes present.  Last February, President
Clinton announced a six-point initiative to help close the health gap
between racial and ethnic minorities and non-minority Americans.  The
initiative includes a specific focus on HIV/AIDS.

        In addition, HHS has been working with the Congressional Black
to expand its ongoing dialogue with minority community leaders, community
representatives and AIDS activists to develop a sustained and coordinated
strategy to respond to the severe and ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in
communities of color.   Particular issues of concern have been the need to
mobilize effective prevention efforts in minority communities and bring
about equal benefits for minority populations from available therapies.
HHS is developing a set of immediate strategic responses to support
essential infrastructure capacity within these communities.

        Today's awards are among many designed to increase the availability
prevention and treatment services, support community-based outreach and
infrastructure, and expand research opportunities in racial and ethnic
minority communities.  In addition to resources in FY 98, the Department is
committed to sustaining and expanding this investment in future years.

        In recognition of the important role played by community based
organizations and religious and faith institutions in preventing HIV/AIDS
and providing vital support services, the Department will be investing an
additional $375,000 in FY 98 in technical assistance resources to enable
these communities to better respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis.  These include
partnerships with the National Minority AIDS Council and the Congress of
National Black Churches:

 A $225,000 initiative with the Congress of National Black Churches to
mobilize a variety of HIV/AIDS education and outreach projects through
black churches. The Department's Office of Minority Health,  Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the NIH Office
of Research on Minority Health are collaborating on this project;

 An additional $100,000 from HRSA to the National Minority AIDS Council,
as part of an existing agreement, for technical assistance to minority
community-based organizations so that they can better compete for
government dollars to serve people with HIV/AIDS.  This strategy is being
developed through public and private sources;

 An investment of $50,000 from SAMHSA toward the development of a
strategic plan that will guide coordination of HIV/AIDS activities with
specific components geared to racial and ethnic minorities.


Note:  HHS press releases are available on the World Wide Web at:

Title IV FY 1998 New Grant Awards

Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y.
Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Phoenix, Ariz.
Methodist Healthcare - Memphis Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
Metropolitan Low Income Housing, Washington,  N.C.
University of Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.
University Medical Center of South  Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada


Title IV FY 1998
Competing Continuation Awards

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.
Georgia Dept. of Human Resources, Atlanta, Ga.
Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.
Research Foundation of SUNY, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Family Center, Inc., New York City, N.Y.
University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colo.
University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas,
Dallas, Texas
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.

      $ 8,486,592


HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement Awards



University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Ala.
        $  23,769
University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, Calif.
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Highland General Hospital, Oakland, Calif.
King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, Los Angeles,
University of the Pacific, San Francisco, Calif.
     $ 69,908
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.
                                         $    893
University of Colorado School of Dentistry, Denver, Colo.
       $  4,937
Childrens Hospital, Denver, Colo.
                     $ 10,492
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Conn.
Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.
Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, Conn.
             $ 33,656
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.
Childrens National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
                 $ 65,980
Howard University School of Dentistry, Washington, D.C.
                 $ 36,571
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla.
Dade County Dental Research Clinic, Miami, Fla.
                 $ 16,543
University of Florida School of Dentistry, Gainesville, Fla.
$ 47,287
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga.
         $ 48,058
University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, Iowa
         $     17
Northwestern University Dental School, Chicago, Ill.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill.
             $ 73,056
University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, Ky.
     $ 46,620
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Lexington, Ky.
         $  9,072
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, La.
Boston University Goldman School, Boston, Mass.
Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass.
Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston, Mass.
             $  3,460
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass.
         $ 20,881
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md.
                 $ 33,678
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
         $ 55,457
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
         $ 52,593
University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Mich.
             $ 56,791
Ann Arbor V.A. Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
             $ 10,250
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
                 $ 36,903
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
         $ 24,235
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
         $  7,878
Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.
                 $  3,143
University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss.
                 $ 10,143
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
                 $ 42,371
Wake Forest/Bowman-Gray, Winston-Salem, N.C.
         $  3,578
University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb.
                 $  5,064
UMD New Jersey, Newark, N.J.
St. Joseph=s Hospital & Medical Center, Patterson, N.J.
         $ 60,368
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.
         $ 23,149
St. Mary=s Hospital of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Saint Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.
Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Woodhull Medicine & Medical Health Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.
Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, N.Y.
             $ 92,383
Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
     $ 57,816
Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
                 $ 72,019
Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.
         $ 82,101
New York University Kriser Dentistry Center, New York, N.Y.
Morrisania D&TC, Bronx, N.Y.
                 $ 99,661
University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
         $ 70,229
North Central Bronx, Bronx, N.Y.
                 $ 35,288
Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
                 $ 68,459
Segundo Ruiz Belvis/Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.
         $ 89,483
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
     $ 70,435
New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, N.Y.
         $ 59,759
St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, N.Y.
                 $ 65,443
Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, N.Y.
                 $ 41,255
St. John's Queens Hospital, Jamaica, N.Y.
                 $ 64,286
Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y.
         $ 38,378
New York Medical College (Faculty), New York, N.Y.
         $ 34,770
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
                 $ 51,716
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, N.Y.
                 $ 27,043
Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y.
                 $  3,932
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
     $  2,697
Peekskill Area Health Center, Peekskill, N.Y.
         $  1,836
Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, N.Y.
                 $    304
Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, Ohio
         $ 12,053
Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry, Cleveland, Ohio
     $ 17,373
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
         $    965
Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio
             $    982
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla.
         $  2,268
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.
         $ 15,387
Allegheny University (Medical College PA), Philadelphia, Pa.
$ 96,030
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
         $ 47,535
Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, Pa
         $ 37,378
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa.
         $ 13,946
York Hospital, York, Pa.
                 $  1,905
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
         $  8,315
Meharry Dental School, Nashville, Tenn.
         $ 17,435
Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas
                 $ 89,264
University of Texas- Houston, Houston, Texas
         $ 22,720
Parkland Hospital/Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
$ 18,241
Tarrant County Hospital District, Fort Worth, Texas
                 $  2,683
University of Texas/ San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
         $  1,712
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
     $  2,578
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
                 $ 17,393
University of Virginia Dental School, Charlottsville, Va.
         $  6,713
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.
         $ 57,995
University of Washington Dental School, Seattle, Wash.
         $ 85,863