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Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Associate Administrator Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, and HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care Associate Administrator Jim Macrae, MA, MPP, met with public health leaders in South Carolina to discuss the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative and the progress being made in ending the HIV epidemic in the state.  South Carolina is one of seven states with substantial rural HIV burden, with an HIV/AIDS incidence case rate of a little over eight for every 100k residents.

Through HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the HRSA-funded Health Center Program, the agency will play a leading role in helping to diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to end the HIV epidemic.

HHS Awards Nearly $42 Million to Expand Health Information Technology in Health Centers Nationwide

July 25, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded almost $42 million in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). These awards will enable the HCCNs to support 1,183 federally-funded health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to expand the use of health information technology (health IT). Empowering patients and promoting data sharing through health IT is an element of President Trump’s vision for a healthcare system that delivers better value and better health for American patients.

“Health centers play a crucial role in providing their communities with access to high quality, affordable healthcare,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Investing in more advanced health IT will help put patients at the center and unleash the power of data, helping us get better value from the care delivered by health centers and delivering on President Trump’s vision for healthcare.”

Read the news release.