Posted on August 4, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced $679,180 in grant funding for the Methodist Health Foundation in Memphis through the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to bolster HIV-related health care and services for women, infants, children and youth living with HIV/AIDS. "I welcome today's announcement of additional funding by HHS to combat HIV/AIDS," said Frist. "This deadly disease affects the lives of many Tennesseans. Together, we can help stop the spread of this disease and improve the quality of life for those already infected. I salute President Bush's efforts and will continue to work with my colleagues to address the spread of HIV/AIDS at home and abroad." "I appreciate HHS' commitment to battle this epidemic head on," Alexander said. "Thousands of Tennesseans are infected with HIV/AIDS, including women and children who depend on these resources for critical aid. I will continue to work with Senator Frist to focus on this serious problem." The Services for Women, Infants, Children, Youth and their Families grant program is funded under Title IV of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. Services include: Primary and specialty medical care; Psychosocial services; Logistical support and coordination; and Outreach and case management. A special focus of the Title IV program is to help identify HIV-positive pregnant women and connect them with care that can improve their health and prevent prenatal transmission. The Title IV program has improved access to a comprehensive system of health and social services for populations least able to cope with HIV/AIDS.