Posted on April 2, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced more than $1.5 million in "emerging communities" grant funding for the City of Memphis through the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to bolster HIV-related health care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. "These resources are critical to providing the necessary services for those infected with HIV/AIDS," said Frist. "I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services is making this funding available. We must remain committed to fighting this epidemic." "Sixteen thousand Tennesseans are infected with HIV/AIDS, and more than 1,500 people are living with the disease in Memphis," Alexander said. "We have a serious problem here that we need to continue to focus on. I appreciate HHS' commitment to battle this epidemic head on." The emergency communities' grants are funded under Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act and are awarded to metropolitan areas with significant populations of people living with AIDS. These grants are a result of an amendment to the CARE Act authored by Frist in 2000 that extended health care and support services to seven emerging metropolitan communities including Nashville and Memphis. The provision extends grants to states that have cities below the existing criteria, reporting 1,000 to 1,999 new AIDS cases during the previous five years.