Washington, DC, August 20, 2002 - HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced 11 grants totaling $25.6 million to support the training and education of health care professionals treating people living with HIV/AIDS.
"These grants will help us further the training and education of those
health care providers who treat people with HIV and AIDS," Secretary
Thompson said. "In the fight against AIDS, all Americans with this disease
deserve the most current prevention and treatment information from
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the grants under its AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) program, which provides education, training, and consultation through a network of regional
and national training centers to health care professionals treating
HIV-infected patients. HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau manages the program.
In addition to the 10 regional AETCs funded by today's grants, HRSA also
funded one National Minority AETC to build capacity for HIV/AIDS care among
minority health care professionals, with special emphasis on building
capacity in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving
Institutions, and Tribal Colleges.
The grants are funded under Part F of the Ryan White CARE Act. Through its
CARE Act programs, HRSA helps an estimated 530,000 poor and uninsured
individuals with HIV/AIDS obtain primary health care, support services and
life-sustaining medications each year.
Since the CARE Act was first funded in fiscal year 1991, nearly $10 billion
has been awarded in grants to provide needed health care and associated
services for people living with HIV/AIDS. A list of the fiscal year 2002
AETC grant awards is available at
HRSA Press Office, (301) 443-3376