Foundation Grants to Boost HIV/AIDS Programs

Published: October 26, 2014

Inside Indiana Business
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Indianapolis, Ind. — The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis recently awarded grants totaling $3.15 million to 10 health care providers and AIDS service agencies to transform their organizations and services toward a reinvigorated effort to end AIDS in Indiana. This round of grants is the largest amount ever awarded at one time for HIV services in Indiana.

Based on findings of a full review of efforts to end HIV in Indiana, conducted by The Fremont Center, The Health Foundation Board of Directors authorized a one-time special grant session and requested proposals to expand HIV testing for high risk populations, better integrate high quality HIV care into the primary healthcare setting, and improve retention rates for HIV care and treatment.

"The Fremont Center report showed us that our health care networks had to be better aligned, operating with a solid infrastructure and greater capacity in order to make a marked difference in our ability to end HIV in this generation," said David Suess, The Health Foundation board chairperson. "The Health Foundation has long been known for taking the lead on hard-to-fund issues, like HIV/AIDS. Through this grant program, we are once again helping key agencies partner, change, and grow to meet the changing needs of those at risk for HIV."

Eskenazi Health: Establishing HIV as the "fifth vital sign"?With the $1 million grant it received from The Health Foundation, Eskenazi Health will offer rapid HIV testing at eight Eskenazi Health Center locations to approximately 385,000 people. Eskenazi Health estimates that, within the 14-month funding period, more than 40,000 of those who are offered the test will opt to take it.

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