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Nashville CARES, Street Works and Neighborhood Health Receive a Multi-Million Dollar Grant from the CDC

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Nashville CARES, Street Works and Neighborhood Health a multi-million dollar grant to be rolled out over the next five years. This funding will be used to develop a first-of-its-kind LGBTQI community health services center, comprehensive in nature, called “My House.”

 

My House will involve two of Tennessee’s leading HIV/AIDS service organizations, Nashville CARES and Street Works, and one of the nation’s most experienced Federally Qualified Health Centers, Neighborhood Health. The project’s goal is to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care and optimize health outcomes for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS throughout Middle Tennessee.

 

“This CDC award gives us our first real opportunity to create ‘one voice’ and increase our strength for reducing HIV infections,” said Joseph Interrante, Nashville CARES CEO. “Our collaboration is the first of its kind in Tennessee.”

 

This project is a comprehensive LGBTQI one‐stop-shop community health center for HIV negative and HIV positive individuals. All services will be accessible under one roof. Services will include education, testing, prevention, navigation, counseling, and linkages to integrated STI/Hepatitis/TB testing and screenings, medical treatment and essential support services.

 

“This grant from the CDC is an investment in improving the health of the Middle Tennessee community,” said Mary Bufwack, Neighborhood Health CEO. “My House is designed to focus on the health needs and disparities specific to the LGBTQI community.”

 

My House will increase the number of persons tested for HIV, increase the number of persons who are aware of their HIV status, and increase the number of HIV positive persons who are receiving HIV medical care. My House staff will also work to increase the number of high risk HIV negative persons who receive education and behavioral interventions, as well as increase the number of persons who are offered condoms and education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to promote HIV prevention. PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.

 

The partnership will target residents of the 13‐county Nashville‐Davidson‐Murfreesboro Tennessee metro service area (MSA) but will focus its efforts on persons at greatest risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV infection. Data from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County show the number of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the MSA has increased steadily from 4,316 in 2010 to 5,218 in 2014 (roughly a 21% increase in five years). An estimated 835 people are HIV positive and unaware of their status. Alarmingly, an estimated 45-50% of HIV positive persons may not be in HIV medical care.

 

“We are thrilled to work with Nashville CARES and Neighborhood Health to implement My House,” said Ron Crowder, Street Works Executive Director. “This funding will allow us to work together to better focus on those individuals here in our local community who are at the greatest risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV.”

 

This funding was awarded under the CDC Comprehensive High‐Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community Based Organizations (CDC-RFA-PS15-1502). For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2015/CBO-FOA-Awards-2015-Press-Release.html.

 

 

About Nashville CARES: Nashville CARES is the premier HIV/AIDS organization in the region. We provide comprehensive education, a broad range of targeted services and effective advocacy, all in a highly personal, confidential and compassionate manner. We are proactively and aggressively working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 40,000 youth and adults, almost 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 2,850 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us at NashvilleCARES.org and “Like” us on Facebook atFacebook.com/NashCARES.

About Street Works: Street Works’ mission is to prevent the spread of HIV disease and provide care and supportive services for those infected and affected through outreach, education, and advocacy in communities of greatest risk. Street Works serves individuals who are infected or affected with HIV disease. Historically, Street Works has primarily serviced the needs of the minority communities. Today, Street Works has grown to include all populations who are at an increased risk for HIV disease. To learn more visit Street-Works.org.

About Neighborhood Health: Neighborhood Health is Nashville’s Family Doctor. We are dedicated to improving the health of our community by providing affordable quality care to all. For nearly 4 decades, Neighborhood Health has provided convenient, affordable, high quality health care to Middle TN. Began in 1976, the organization has grown into a network of 11 centers serving over 25,000 each year, and providing over 90,000 visits each year. With quality comprehensive services and innovative programs, Neighborhood Health has remained passionately committed to its mission to make all services available to everyone without regard to ability to pay. To learn more, visit NeighborhoodHealthTN.org.