First enacted by Congress in 1990, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency – or CARE – Act, addresses the unmet health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. It funds health care and support services with the goal of getting people into care and keeping them there. The Ryan White Program (RWP) at Augusta University (AU) was established in 1995 with the receipt of the initial Part C grant from the federal Ryan White program/CARE Act. Currently, the AU Ryan White program serves over 1200 clients per year throughout the CSRA, with clients coming from as far as Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC.
The goal of our program is to ensure access to health care and reduce disparities. We want to make sure that all persons who need care can get it. Access to high quality care should be equal, regardless of ability to pay. In our program, emphasis is placed on continuing HIV primary medical care services currently provided. Common problems that are addressed include financial instability, transportation issues, psychosocial issues, and the effects of poverty, substance abuse, and social stigma. We want to ensure the continuity of care and increasing access to comprehensive medical care for underserved, uninsured, and low income minorities. The care continuum includes: (1) identifying persons at-risk for HIV infection and offering counseling, testing, and referral services; (2) providing lifelong comprehensive HIV primary care for persons living with HIV disease (3) sustaining mental health and substance abuse services offered in AU’s clinic and (4) focusing on adherence strategies to improve quality of life.
Ryan White was a teenager from Indiana with hemophilia who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion at age 13. With the help of his mother, he fought for his right to attend school, gaining international attention as a voice of reason about HIV and AIDS. On April 8, 1990, at the age of 18, Ryan died – just months before the U.S. Congress passed a bill creating the Ryan White CARE Act, named in his honor.
For more information about Ryan White and the Ryan White Program, please visit the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website.
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