MDCH Awards $2.5 Million for HIV Prevention Programs

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Janet Olszewski today announced that $2.5 million in federal HIV prevention funding has been distributed to 20 local agencies throughout the state.

These awards are intended to support a range of interventions that will have the greatest impact on reducing HIV in the state of Michigan, through a variety of evidence-based prevention programs, Olszewski said.

“These funds are essential in protecting Michigan residents’ health and will further our initiatives in HIV/AIDS prevention,” Olszewski said. “Prevention efforts for this disease are absolutely critical as we work to reduce the number of people who test HIV-positive.”

Details on the awards are:

Southeastern Michigan –

• AIDS Partnership Michigan, with offices in Southeastern Michigan, will receive $135,000. These monies will support HIV counseling, testing and referral services for youth ages 13-24, and prevention counseling to HIV-positive individuals and skills-building workshops for various groups.

• Children’s Hospital in Detroit will receive $125,000 to support the Horizon Project – a program targeted toward youth between ages 13-24, and services provided include counseling, testing and referral, and skills-building sessions for youth at risk of contracting HIV disease.

• Community Health Awareness Group (CHAG), in Detroit, will receive $600,000 to provide outreach to African American men at risk of contracting HIV. The funds will support counseling, testing, referral, outreach and informational sessions for persons served by CHAG, and education and skills-enhancement for outreach workers, peer educators and their supervisors.

• The City of Detroit Human Services Department will receive $62,500 for counseling, testing and referral services, targeted primarily toward African Americans who may be at risk. Skills-building workshops will also be offered in this program.

• The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation will receive $125,000 to support outreach, counseling, testing and referral programs, and skills-building workshops for Hispanic/Latino populations.

• The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University will receive $117,500. These funds will support individual-level prevention counseling to persons who are HIV-positive, as well as outreach, counseling, testing and referral to other risk groups. • Gospel Against AIDS, in Detroit, will receive $75,000. This statewide program will implement faith-based HIV prevention interventions for African-American religious leaders and their congregations.

• HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti will receive $115,000 for outreach services, particularly for persons ages 13-24. HARC will also provide individual counseling sessions for community-identified priority groups, and skills-building workshops for other groups at risk of contracting HIV.

• Men of Color, Inc., of Detroit, will receive $70,000 to provide outreach, counseling, testing and referral services for young men aged 13-24.

• Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, in Ferndale, will receive $99,000 to provide a number of services, including counseling, testing, referral, outreach to four community-identified priority groups, and Internet-based outreach.

• The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), serving Southeastern Michigan, will receive $180,000 for counseling, testing and referral. Prevention counseling, information sessions, skills-building workshops and outreach to two high-risk groups will also be provided.

• The Wellbeing Institute, in Detroit, will receive $85,000 to support women’s prevention programming. These services include counseling, testing and referral, and HIV prevention counseling to high-risk heterosexual women.

Eastern Michigan –

• Hearth Home of Saginaw will receive $65,000 to provide skills-building workshops and outreach services, focusing primarily on high-risk men.

• Wellness AIDS Services, in Flint, will receive $110,000 to provide counseling, testing and referral, particularly to young men; skills-building workshops for persons at risk and those who are already HIV-positive, and individual and group prevention counseling.

West Michigan –

• Community AIDS Resource and Education Services (CARES), in Kalamazoo, will receive $255,000 to support outreach, prevention counseling and skills-building workshops for three risk groups. CARES will also have a project in Grand Rapids for Latino men that includes outreach, education, counseling, testing and referral services.

• St. Mary’s McAuley Health Center, in Grand Rapids, will receive $80,000 to provide counseling, testing and referral services, individual-level prevention counseling, outreach and informational programs to a variety of target audiences.

Northern Michigan –

• The Community Health Clinic, in Traverse City, will receive $28,000 to provide counseling, testing and referral services to three community-identified target populations.

• Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will receive $50,000 to offer counseling, testing and referral services to two target groups. Skills-building workshops will also be provided with these funds, as will street outreach and informational sessions on HIV prevention.

Central Michigan -

• The Lansing Area AIDS Network will receive $95,000 to provide counseling, testing and referral services for three risk groups; street outreach, individual and group prevention counseling and skills-building workshops for people at risk of contracting HIV, and group and individual prevention counseling for persons who are HIV-positive.

• Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan will receive $30,000 to support the agency’s Sisters Playing it Safe prevention program, which includes a five-session skills-building workshop targeted toward African American high-risk women.