New Grant Cycle Brings Some Changes To AAC

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and Fenway Health recently were awarded a five-year grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for Integrated HIV Prevention and Care. The grant enables AIDS Action to sustain many critical areas of work – including housing and legal services, needle exchange, prevention, and other programs. The State also maintained funding for Youth on Fire, AIDS Action’s drop-in center for homeless and street involved youth, thanks in part to tremendous advocacy work when funding for the program appeared to be in jeopardy.

These investments represent a strong vote of confidence in the ability of AIDS Action and Fenway Health to adapt to changes in the epidemic and to the changing needs of the community.

As we strive to better reach those individuals not engaged or retained in medical care, we are restructuring our client services to better integrate and coordinate with medical sites and medical case managers. Anyone in need of HIV services can call our Client Hotline, 617.450.1303, for assistance. The Care Access Navigators who staff this line are available at our 75 Amory Street office location in Boston, as well as providing mobile access throughout the north shore. Those navigators can help connect clients with medical and social service programs that meet their needs, help enroll people in medical case management at health centers, or navigate folks to other needed services, whether here at AIDS Action or other agencies.

Working in partnership with Fenway Health, AIDS Action Committee is well positioned to continue providing vital services to people living with HIV and deepening its testing, prevention, education, and advocacy work in support of the statewide goal of Getting to Zero – zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero new infections.

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