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Alameda County to Assist Low-Income Residents With HIV

The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency is being given a $2.5 million grant.

By Bay City News Service

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced last week that the Alameda
County Health Care Services Agency
is getting a $2.5 million grant to help
low-income people with HIV.

Lee said the grant from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services will improve access to a comprehensive, effective and cost-efficient continuum of high quality, community-based care for low-income people and strengthen strategies to reach minority populations.

Lee said in a statement, "Alameda County health providers are leaders in the domestic fight against HIV/AIDS and I am pleased that the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency has been selected for this critical funding that will expand and improve efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the East Bay."

She said, "As Co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, I will continue to fight for resources to end the AIDS epidemic and to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation."

The U.S. Department Health and Human Services' HIV Emergency Relief Project Grants provide direct financial assistance to localities that have been the most severely affected by the HIV epidemic to enhance access to a continuum of high-quality care.

Lee said the comprehensive continuum of care includes 13 core medical services specified in legislation and appropriate support services that assist people with HIV/AIDS in accessing treatment for HIV/AIDS infection that is consistent with federal treatment guidelines.

She said comprehensive HIV/AIDS care beyond those core services may include supportive services that meet the criteria of helping individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS to access and remain in primary medical care to improve their medical outcomes.

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