The HHS-wide initiative Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America seeks to leverage the powerful data and tools now available to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 75 percent in five years and by 90 percent by 2030. HITEQ is identifying best practices and barriers to using health IT to support early diagnosis, application of proven prevention interventions including access to PrEP, and sustained treatment for people living with HIV to achieve and maintain viral suppression.

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Event date: 2/24/2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Export event
Role of Centers for AIDS Research and Federally Qualified Health Centers (CFAR-FQHC) Partnerships in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative
Alyssa Carlisle

Role of Centers for AIDS Research and Federally Qualified Health Centers (CFAR-FQHC) Partnerships in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative

This webinar described the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Health Center Program and its engagement in Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE), as well as opportunity for collaboration between Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) programs and health centers to advance the goals of EHE. This webinar described where Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are located, how they are funded, and provided a case study of how they have responded to the EHE funding initiative.

More than 25 million Americans are cared for in one of almost 2,000 FQHCs, community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary care and preventive care, including health, oral health, and mental health/substance abuse services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status. Thus, they are a critical component of the health care safety net, and care for many People with HIV (PWH) and those at increased risk for HIV.

HRSA funds nearly 1,400 health centers operating approximately 12,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia. In 2018, there were more than 236,000 full-time health center providers and staff serving nearly 28.4 million patients. HRSA funded health centers provide comprehensive, patient-centered care, integrating medical, dental, behavioral health, substance use disorder, and enabling services. HRSA-funded health centers are a key component in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative by serving as a key point of entry for detection and diagnosis of people living with HIV. In 2018, health centers provided over 2.4 million HIV tests to more than 2 million patients and treated 1 in 6 patients diagnosed with HIV nationally.

This webinar was presented in partnership with the CFAR-wide webinar series hosted by the University of North Carolina CFAR. For more information, email isc3i@northwestern.edu


Note: The recording of the Feb 24, 2020 Webinar (CFAR-FQHC Partnerships) is unfortunately unavailable due to technological issues. 


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