Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
Obama Gives Grant $ to Help HIV-positive Trans Women of Color
Think Progress is reporting today that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the Obama Administration, has announced two new grant opportunities that work to connect HIV-positive transgender women of color with health care services, including primary care and HIV-related care.
“The first grant opportunity, which is designed to improve the overall quality of HIV care for transgender women of color, will award each of up to eight grantees $300,000 annually for five years,” wrote Think Progress. “The demonstration sites will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programs designed to connect these women with timely and appropriate care. These programs will also help them stay in touch with providers who can provide a range of primary and HIV-related services.”
A second grant aims to fund an Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center that coordinates capacity-building activities, i.e.: technical assistance in clinical and cultural competence around care for HIV-positive transgender women of color, and oversee the dissemination of findings from the demonstration sites.
The Department of Health and Human Services is rolling out several new grants of this kind, specifically geared towards the transgender community.
As reported by Think Progress, In September 2011, HRSA awarded a grant to Fenway Health, an LGBT community health center in Boston, to establish a National Training and Technical Assistance Center that will help other community health centers serve the LGBT population. Also in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $55 million over five years to 34 community-based organizations to expand HIV prevention services for transgender youth of color, as well as young gay and bisexual men of color.
Non-profits, community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, community health centers, state and local governments, and American Indian tribes are all welcome to apply for these grants. Both programs are funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program as Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS). Applications are due by April 16, 2012.