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This information is reprinted from the HRSA HAB Information Email. For additional information on HAB and HRSA check out the HRSA HAB website .

HRSA HAB News

Inaugural Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program ADAP Client-Level Data Report Released

HRSA HAB released its inaugural Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2017. The report is the first publication of national ADAP client-level data submitted through the ADAP Data Report (ADR) system. ADR data describe the demographic characteristics of clients accessing ADAP services and the ADAP-funded services used. Data are included for 2014 through 2017, nationally and by state/territory. This publication reflects HRSA HAB’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the availability of timely program information.

Access the Report. (PDF – 659KB))
Read the HIV.gov Blog Post.

 

HRSA’s Biennial 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Highlights Released

HRSA HAB released its 2019 biennial report highlighting five Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients who implemented successful strategies and models of HIV care and treatment – including practice transformation, public-private partnerships, rapid entry to HIV care and delivery of ART, the use of telehealth/telemedicine, and a jurisdictional approach to providing treatment and care. The 2019 biennial report theme is “Advancing Innovation to End the HIV Epidemic.”

View the report. (PDF – 7.95MB)

 

HRSA Pathway on Ending the HIV Epidemic at USCA

At the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), which took place earlier this month, a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Pathway focused on outlining responses in support of the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative and hearing feedback from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) community about the proposed activities. The overarching theme of the HRSA Pathway focused on rapidly implementing the initiative by building on the existing infrastructure and successes of HRSA’s RWHAP and the HRSA-funded Health Center Program. Topics covered included leveraging existing HRSA infrastructure, community engagement and involvement of people with HIV, and implementing evidence-based interventions

Read more about the Pathway and access presentation slide .

 

Preparing for 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services Report Submission: Webinar October 2 (Technical Assistance)

This webinar, which takes place October 2, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, will review the changes in the 2019 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Services Report (RSR). It will also present strategies for implementing the changes in data elements names and reporting ZIP codes.

To participate. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Overview of HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks for Recipients: October 16 (Technical Assistance)

This webinar, which takes place October 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, will introduce electronic handbooks (EHBs) for recipients. It will cover basic topics such as system registration, navigation, and general functions within EHBs, which recipients must understand prior to working on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR).

To participate.(Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Reference on Resource Allocation Considerations for RWHAP Part A and Part B (Technical Assistance)

A new reference on the resource allocation process for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A and Part B is now available. The reference clarifies what resource allocation considerations apply to RWHAP Part A jurisdictions, RWHAP Part B jurisdictions, or both program parts. Special considerations for Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plans are also included. The reference was developed by the HRSA HAB-supported IHAP TAC.

View the reference.
Learn more about the IHAP TAC. (Not U.S. Government websites)

 

Archived TA Webinar: 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A and B Notice of Funding Opportunity (HRSA-20-078) (Technical Assistance)

This HRSA technical assistance webinar, which took place in August, discussed the application process for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A and B Notice of Funding Opportunity (HRSA-20-078). A Q&A document is also available.

The purpose of this initiative is to focus resources in 48 counties, Washington, D.C., San Juan, Puerto Rico, and seven states with substantial rural HIV burden to implement strategies, interventions, approaches, and core medical and support services to reduce new HIV infections in the United States. The overarching goal for this initiative is to reduce new HIV infections in the United States to less than 3,000 per year by 2030.

Applications are due October 15.
View the webinar.
Access the Q&A Document. (PDF – 224KB) (Not U.S. Government websites)

 

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27 marks the observation of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. About two-thirds of male clients served by HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) are men who have sex with men (MSM). The viral suppression rate for MSM clients served by RWHAP is 87.0%, which is slightly higher than the national RWHAP average of 85.9%. HRSA HAB Bureau has a number of initiatives underway to enhance access to HIV care for black MSM, presented in the form of engagement in care best practices, health literacy, and a RWHAP Part F Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative to support the implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed models of care for black MSM.

Learn more. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Insights from Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F SPNS Social Media Initiative (Technical Assistance)

Findings from a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) demonstration project exploring use of social media to engage people with HIV in care have been compiled under as part of the project. Next steps are to formally present findings in peer reviewed journals (several articles are already available) and then later develop dissemination manuals to sites seeking to replicate insights.

Learn more. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Other News

 

Resource on Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV

Meaningful involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is about ensuring that the communities most affected by HIV are involved in decision-making, at every level of the response to the epidemic. This resource provides an overview of MIPA, ways of thinking about MIPA, and methods of implementing and evaluating MIPA in organizations and communities. It was developed by AIDS United and the U.S People Living with HIV Caucus.

Access this resource. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Ending the HIV Epidemic Database Launched

The Foundation for AIDS Research, amfAR, launched an interactive database on the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative. It provides information on policy, services, and demographic and epidemiological indicators across EHE jurisdictions. The database is designed to assist users in understanding factors related to facilitators and barriers to reaching EHE goals in the jurisdictions.

Access the database. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Ensuring MSM are Engaged in EHE Planning: Webinar September 27

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) is hosting a webinar, which takes place September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, that focuses on ensuring that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are engaged in planning for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. It will feature presenters showcasing their work in engaging MSM from the health department perspective and the community perspective.

 

To participate. (Not a U.S. Government website)

 

Updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV

The Histoplasmosis section of the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV has been updated.

View the guidelines.

 

HHS Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Updated

The Guidelines for the Use of Antiroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection have been updated with changes to recommendations related to the use of antiretroviral drugs bictegravir/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (Biktarvy) and dolutegravir in children and adolescents.

View the guidelines.

 

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: October 15

The theme for the 2019 National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed on October 15, is “Living with HIV or not…We’re fighting this together.” The focus of the awareness day is making tools available to address HIV available in communities and the elimination of HIV-related stigma. The awareness day is organized by the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Hispanic Federation, and other organizations.

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