PA Department of Health Awards Ryan White Program over $10 Million for Services for People Living with HIV
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation's (JHF) HIV/AIDS program has been awarded over $10 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) for the 2022–2023 fiscal year, which will be used to improve the quality of and access to medical care and support for people living with HIV across Pennsylvania. The award includes both Ryan White Part B funding for people residing in the 11-county region of southwest Pennsylvania and Minority AIDS Initiative funding for Black, indigenous, and people of color residing across the Commonwealth. This award is an increase on previous annual funding and builds on 30 years of partnership between PA DOH and JHF.
As the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program fiscal agent for Part B and Minority AIDS Initiative services, JHF's HIV/AIDS team will manage the grant and partner with organizations across the Commonwealth that provide medical or supportive services to people living with HIV. In addition to the 21 service organizations funded through this grant in recent years, three more organizations are set to receive funding beginning in the 2022–2023 fiscal year. The total amount awarded to service organizations is also an approximately 25% increase relative to recent years, which will allow all organizations to grow and expand their services.
Combined, these organizations expect to serve over 5,000 people living with HIV and will provide services including housing support, food access, assistance paying utility bills, transportation assistance to medical appointments, mental health support, peer support, health education, and medical and non-medical case management.
This award is in addition to the $1.2 million of Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) funding granted to the Southwest Pennsylvania region for the upcoming fiscal year, which provides short-term and permanent housing services and support to people living with HIV. JHF also serves as this fiscal agent for HOPWA funding.