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Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) and Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC)
receive more than $2 million to care for HIV-positive women, infants, children and youth
Linking hundreds of HIV-positive patients into coordinated care
Chicago, Ill. (August 17, 2012) – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced this week that Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) and Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC) are two of only four Illinois recipients of a $68 million grant disbursement as part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part D program to provide coordinated HIV primary medical care and support services to women, infants, children and youth.
HBHC will receive $500,000 per year for three years, totaling $1.5 million. NNHSC will receive $200,000 per year for three years, totaling $600,000. This is a renewal award for HBHC with an increase that is almost double its prior years’ awards; this is a new award for NNHSC. The two organizations intentionally proposed this new, innovative, and collaborative approach to deliver coordinated care to HIV-positive people throughout Chicago in an effort to demonstrate the expanded impact community health centers can have on addressing the increased rates of HIV infections. The goal for each organization is to expand their capacity to care for more women, infants, children, and youth. Collectively, they will identify more people who are HIV-positive and coordinate care with a patient-centered approach. Additional coordinated support and services will also be provided by Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) to assist pregnant HIV-positive women.
An even more significant element of this initiative is the use of technology through telemedicine, which is perhaps a first-of-its-kind approach for the Ryan White program – to expand reach to cover nearly every zip code in Chicago. The three organizations are using leading edge strategies to respond to alarming increases in infections among youth and women of color, particularly on the South and West sides of Chicago. HBHC, NNHSC, and PACPI are individually contributing their areas of expertise to create an expansive network of health centers, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) sites, and providers on the North, South, and West sides of Chicago to address health disparities where they are statistically the greatest. For example, HBHC’s extensive experience in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) health combined with NNHSC’s broad array of primary care services are woven together to blanket the city with easy access to HIV care within communities of color.
"We are ecstatic to be able to work with a first-class and well-respected community health center such as Near North Health Service Corporation to provide care and service to HIV-positive people throughout Chicago," says Howard Brown Health Center’s President and CEO Jamal M. Edwards, Esq. "More importantly, we will work together to ensure that HIV-positive people receive exceptional care and access to comprehensive health and wellness services, regardless of their ability to pay and throughout the entire lifecycle – from birth through aging."
"It is exciting to be part of this collaborative effort with Howard Brown Health Center," says Berneice Mills-Thomas, executive director, Near North Health Service Corporation. "The increasing need for care and service to HIV-positive patients is an ever-growing need in the communities that we serve. These funds will enable us to reach those who need the services most."
An extensive portfolio of primary and behavioral health care and support services will be available between the partner organizations, including pediatrics, ophthalmology, women’s health (OB/GYN), oral health and geriatric care. As a result of this collaboration effort, hundreds of HIV-positive women, infants, children, youth and families will be linked into care regardless of their age, geographic location, sex, gender, race and ethnicity and, ultimately, regardless of their ability to pay.
"The Pediatrics AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative is proud to be a part of this exciting effort. These types of partnerships are essential to lowering the mother-to-child HIV-transmission rate in Chicago and throughout the state," says Anne Statton, executive director, PACPI.
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About Howard Brown Health Center
Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is one of the nation's largest health care and research organizations, primarily serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and its allies. It is the largest such organization in the Midwest and serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year throughout the region. An innovative and patient-centered health home, HBHC provides primary medical care, behavioral health services, and specialty chronic and infectious disease services, and conducts nationally-renowned clinical and behavioral research.
About Near North Health Service Corporation
Since 1966, Near North Health Service Corporation has served the healthcare needs of the medically underserved, uninsured and underinsured throughout Chicago. Near North is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). It is also accredited by the Joint Commission (The National Accreditation Agency of Healthcare Organizations) and is one of the largest nonprofit community health providers in Chicago, providing health services to more than 45,000 men, women and children each year. For more information, visit www.nearnorthhealth.org.
About Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
The Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) was established in 2000 by Pediatric AIDS Chicago to help eliminate the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child. PACPI has helped fund and develop HIV-specific prenatal classes, a nationally recognized safety net and prevention model, a statewide hotline for pregnant HIV-positive women and the people that support them, enhanced case-management linking HIV-positive women to care and rapid testing in Illinois hospitals. PACPI is a collaborative enterprise that brings together public and private institutions and community-based organizations into a coordinated continuum of primary and secondary prevention and care to achieve our goal - the elimination of pediatric AIDS in Illinois.