Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services for awarding $300,000 through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help organizations in Southern Nevada deliver HIV care more effectively.
“Although we’ve made incredible strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past few decades, we must continue to support Nevadans struggling with this illness. These funds will allow critical support organizations in Southern Nevada to build capacity and expand access to high-quality care to Nevadans living with HIV in underserved and rural communities. I will continue to do all I can to fight for critical funding to improve our health care system, not just in Southern Nevada but throughout the state, so that all Nevadans can access the treatment and support they need.”
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program reaches approximately 52% of all people diagnosed with HIV in the United States.
Capacity Development Grants under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program assist public and nonprofit entities in efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high-quality HIV primary health care services for people living with HIV or at risk of infection in underserved or rural communities.
Grant recipients are organizations seeking to expand or enhance their capacity to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their area.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Capacity Development and Planning Grants were awarded as follows:
- $150,000.00 to Southern Nevada Health District
- $150,000.00 to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada