Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive, William Steinhaus, announced today Dutchess County has been awarded more than $1,417,000 for the development and expansion systems of care to meet the primary care needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Dutchess County, including racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately impacted.
“Dutchess County has been a proactive participant in the national Ryan White initiative to mitigate the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “These funds enable us to maintain the community capacity we have built and provide the needed services that would be difficult to achieve relying solely on our local budget funds.”
The awards include $1,302,193 from the 2009 PART A Title I funding stream of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006, and $115,176 made available through the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) of the same Act. The Ryan White Program was amended in December 2006, when Congress established a new competitive Minority AIDS Initiative grant program in response to the growing and disproportionate impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in some minority communities. The most recent data available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows racial and ethnic minorities represent the highest number of new AIDS cases nationwide, and 70 percent of people living with AIDS. HIV disease has become a leading cause of death for African Americans.
County Executive Steinhaus has assigned the Dutchess County Department of Health (DCDOH) to function as the Administrative Agency for the Ryan White Program and was recently notified of the award by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Dutchess County HIV Health Services Planning Council (DCHIVHSPC), which is appointed by the County Executive, establishes local service priorities and funding allocations in Dutchess to create a seamless system of care for those affected by HIV and AIDS in our community.
According to Commissioner of Health Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH, the announced Part A and MAI funding represents an increase over the previous year’s funding based on the County’s competitive grant and its’ efficient use of funding dollars. “Dutchess County once again had one of the best rated applications which helped us to earn additional Ryan White funds. Those funds help us improve the related health outcomes and to reduce existing disparities that come with HIV and AIDS,” stated Commissioner Caldwell.
County Executive Steinhaus has forwarded resolutions to the County Legislature for final approval to accept the funds at the May 11, 2009 board meeting.