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Grant Aims To Build On Strategic Partnership To Meet Needs Of People With HIV
Originally printed 10/3/2013 (Issue 2140 - Between The Lines News)
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, AIDS Partnership Michigan and HIV/AIDS Resource Center will explore a closer strategic partnership to "proactively respond to the many changes occurring in the areas of HIV service delivery, funding and policy," in a joint press release issued Sept. 23.
Both agencies have a long history of collaboration and have worked together for more than 12 years through the HIV/AIDS Alliance of Michigan, AIDS Walk Michigan, the highly recognized StatusSexy.com community mobilization campaign, and as community partners of the U of M School of Public Health Sexuality + Health Lab (SexLab) research center.
The current National HIV/AIDS Strategy places an important focus on increasing access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care and reducing HIV-related health disparities. Nevertheless, changes in funding allocations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have resulted in a 30 percent reduction of HIV/AIDS prevention funds to the state of Michigan.
The Affordable Care Act is another major change taking place that affects people living with HIV/AIDS. Both APM and HARC look to play a vital role in facilitating navigation and enrollment in the health care reform's marketplace insurance exchange.
Meeting the needs of people who rely on HIV/AIDS services in this quickly changing health care landscape requires an innovative model for comprehensive HIV/AIDS service delivery in southeast Michigan. The agencies are poised to develop a strategic partnership that will enhance their capacity in key areas, including programming, funding, and research.
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