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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.


Updated HIV/AIDS Bureau Site Visit Guidance

Given the importance of HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients in the local, state, and national response efforts, as well as CDC guidance, HAB will postpone all on-site visits planned through September 28, 2020. This decision is made in consideration of the potential impact to RWHAP service providers’ operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, HAB staff and consultants, as well as the need for staff to be available for immediate mission critical assignments.

Site visits are an important part of the RWHAP monitoring and oversight process. Therefore, HAB will reschedule the postponed comprehensive and other site visits as soon as is practical.


Updated COVID-19 FAQs

We continually update our Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage, including new and updated questions on:


COVID-19 Resources

Thank you again for the vital work you do in your communities to provide care and treatment to people with HIV.

HRSA HAB COVID-19 FAQ Webpage Update

HRSA HAB is continually updating the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage. Recently added or updated questions include:

  • Purpose of COVID-19 funding for RWHAP recipients;
  • RWHAP recipients using COVID-19 funding for telehealth costs; and
  • FY 2021 RWHAP Part C Early Intervention Services Notice of Funding Opportunity Postponed.

Access the COVID-19 FAQ Webpage.


Archived Webinar: CARES Act Funding and Ryan White HIV/AID Program Recipients

On April 15, HRSA HAB hosted the second All Grant Recipient Webinar to provide important information on the CARES Act funding awards for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients.

Access the webinar.

Download the MP3 file of the call.

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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR) Reporting Deadline: April 30

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB) RWHAP Services Report (RSR) reporting deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2020.  The RSR is open and recipients can submit as early as possible; however, data will be accepted through April 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 activities and assess the impact on RWHAP recipient and subrecipient activities.  As always, DART and Data Support are available to assist you with any technical assistance needs.

Access DART and Data Support.

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Updated HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Site Visit Guidance

Given the importance of HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients in the local, state, and national response efforts, as well as CDC guidance, HAB will postpone all site visits planned through July 31, 2020. This decision is made in consideration of the potential impact to RWHAP service providers’ operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, HAB staff and consultants, as well as the need for staff to be available for immediate mission critical assignments.

Site visits are an important part of the RWHAP monitoring and oversight process. Therefore, HAB will reschedule the postponed comprehensive and other site visits as soon as is practical.


New HRSA Funding Opportunities

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau has multiple open Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs).

  • HRSA-20-112: Reducing Stigma at Systems, Organizational, and Individual Client Levels in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program -This NOFO seeks applications for a training and technical assistance program to reduce stigma for people with HIV on multiple levels throughout the health care delivery system, including on an individual client level. The program will focus on implementing various stigma-reducing approaches, with an emphasis on cultural humility. The pre-application webinar will be held 2-3 pm ET, May 5.  Applications are due June 8. For more information and to apply. 
  • HRSA-20-113: Building Capacity to Implement Rapid Antiretroviral (ART) Initiation for Improved Care Engagement – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider - This NOFO seeks applications to support a single organization that will conduct a rigorous multi-site evaluation on the implementation of rapid ART start interventions and facilitate technical assistance (TA) to a cohort of implementation sites (funded separately through HRSA-20-114, see below) to promote a "rapid start" connection or accelerated entry into HIV medical care and rapid initiation of ART for people with HIV who are newly diagnosed, new to care, or out of care. The pre-application webinar will be held 3-4:30 pm ET, April 29.  Applications are due June 15. For more information and to apply.
  • HRSA-20-114Building Capacity to Implement Rapid Antiretroviral (ART) Initiation for Improved Care Engagement – Implementation Sites - This NOFO seeks applications for awards to implement and evaluate “rapid start” or accelerated entry into HIV medical care, and rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people with HIV who are newly diagnosed, new to care, or out of care.  Awards will support organizations that have the capacity and infrastructure to support rapid start implementation, but have not yet been able to such, with the goal of replicating and expanding successful rapid start models. The pre-application webinar will be held 1-2:30 pm ET, April 29.  Applications are due June 15. For more information and to apply.
  • HRSA-20-115: Improving Care and Treatment Coordination: Focusing on Black Women with HIV – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider -This NOFO seeks applications for a single organization that will lead a multi-site evaluation and provide technical assistance (TA) to a cohort of demonstration sites (funded separately through HRSA-20-116, see below).  The funded recipient will provide TA and capacity building to funded demonstration sites, work collaboratively with demonstration sites to implement a comprehensive multi-site evaluation, and disseminate successful models, findings, best practices, and lessons learned within the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) community. The pre-application webinar will be held 1-2:30 pm ET, April 30. Applications are due June 15.  For more information and to apply.
  • HRSA-20-116: Improving Care and Treatment Coordination: Focusing on Black Women with HIV – Demonstration Sites - This NOFO seeks applications for awards to design, implement, and evaluate bundled interventions, defined as a group of evidence-informed practices put together into a package that when implemented together produces better health outcomes than when the practices are delivered separately.  Bundled interventions will address socio-cultural health determinants, expand the delivery and utilization of comprehensive HIV care and treatment services, support continuous engagement in care, and improve health outcomes for Black women with HIV in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.  Funded sites will collaborate with an Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider (see HRSA-20-115, above). The pre-application webinar will be held 3-4:30 pm ET, April 30. Applications are due June 15.  For more information and to apply.

FY 2021 RWHAP Part C EIS NOFO Update - Funding Opportunity is Postponed

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) has received numerous communications from current recipients expressing concern that they will be unable to submit applications for competition due to extreme interruptions and barriers to normal business operations. HRSA recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on recipients’ staffing resources and their ability to conduct business functions and effectively address the emergency needs of clients.

In consideration of these ongoing issues, HRSA has determined that the FY 2021 RWHAP Part C EISEGA NOFO (HRSA-21-060, -061, and -062) will be postponed. HRSA plans to host a competition for the entire RWHAP Part C EISEGA program in FY 2022 when recipients’ business operations are anticipated to be stabilized and the appropriate staff and resources are available to develop quality applications for competition.


Archived Webinar: Aging with HIV (Technical Assistance)

This archived webinar reviewed the medical care and support needs of aging adults with HIV. It examined proven methods of creating health care environments and health care teams with the end goal of adequately preparing agencies to care for the aging population.

View the webinar.

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Webinar on CQII Training of Consumers on Quality Program: May 7 (Technical Assistance)

This webinar, which takes place May 7, 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET, will describe the purpose and objectives of the Training of Consumers on Quality Program (TCQPlus) and demonstrate its impact based on survey findings. Previously trained community partners will share real-world experiences and answer questions about TCQPLus and other topics related to engaging consumers in quality improvement teams. It is presented by the HRSA HAB-supported Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation.

To participate.

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Training Slides: COVID-19 Update for People with HIV (Technical Assistance)

A set of three training slides on what providers treating people with HIV should know about COVID-19 is now available. Overall learning objectives include identifying risk factors for and strategies to reduce severe COVID-19 in people with HIV, recognizing the importance of antiretroviral treatment and potential drug-drug interactions, and considerations related to people with HIV and COVID-19. Sections include:

  • Epidemiology, Virology, Clinical Presentation, Diagnostics;
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Medication Access, Drug-interactions; and
  • Routine HIV Primary Care, COVID-19 Risk Reduction, Management of Patients & Staff with COVID-19.

The slides were developed by the South Central AIDS Education and Training Center.

Access the slides.

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Resources on Motivational Interviewing(Technical Assistance)

The Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center developed two slide set on motivational interviewing (MI). The first discusses key MI components like client engagement, MI processes, basic skills, and tools. The second slide presentation covers a review of the rationale for MI, the style and spirit of MI, and communication skills.

Access the introductory presentation.

Access the second presentation.

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Other News 

Webinar on Access to Care for People with HIV During COVID-19: May 7

This webinar, which takes place May 7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, will cover state, federal, and insurer-level policies expanding access to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. Discussion will include considerations for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B/ADAP recipients, including best practices to adapt policies and procedures to ensure uninterrupted access to care. It is presented by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

To participate.

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Updated 2020 ADAP Formulary Database

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the updated 2020 National AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Database. The database provides an online, searchable, publicly available resource detailing state-by-state ADAP coverage of medications both individually and by drug class including HIV antiretroviral treatments, “A1” Opportunistic Infections medications, treatments for hepatitis B and C, mental health and substance use disorder treatment medications, and various vaccines and laboratory tests. It includes ADAP formulary coverage for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as of December 31, 2019.

Access the database.

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CDC Report on Newly Reported Acute and Chronic Hepatitis C Cases

CDC released a Vital Signs report showing a growing number of hepatitis C cases among young adults. This shift has prompted the CDC to revise its hepatitis C testing recommendations to increase and expand hepatitis C testing and quickly link people with hepatitis C virus infection to treatment.

View the report.


Virtual International AIDS Conference: July 6-10

The 23rd International AIDS Conference will be held virtually July 6-10. There will be virtual sessions and community networking including exhibitions, workshops, the Global Village, and satellites and pre-conferences.

For more information.

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HHS Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Updated

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of Children Living with HIV (the Panel) has released an updated version of the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection.

Read more.