SFAN

  • April 2018’s South Florida AIDS Network Report

    This report discusses the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory board for the Ryan White Care (RWC) program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward. This report also discusses the quarterly meetings of the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC).

  • August Report from SFAN and the HIV Planning Council

    This report combines the monthly meetings of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) and the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward County (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory and networking body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC). Both meetings welcome newcomers.

  • August South Florida AIDS Network Report

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health, Ryan White Care (FL-DOH RWC) grant in Broward County. Its monthly meetings are open to the public.

  • December 2017 SFAN Report

    This report discusses the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC). Broward has one other HIV planning body that meets monthly, the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC). The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward County (Broward-RWC).

    This SFAN meeting occurred on World AIDS Day. In honor of World AIDS Day, Joey Wynn, SFAN Chair, presented recognition awards for service to the HIV communities. Lisa Agate, Evelyn Morales, and Shirley Scott received these awards for their years of service.

  • December Report from SFAN

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health (FL-DOH), Ryan White Care (RWC) grant in Broward County. Its monthly meetings are open to the public.

  • February 2017 Report from SFAN

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health (FL-DOH), Ryan White Care (RWC) grant in Broward County. It has monthly public meetings.

  • HIV Planning Council Report

    This article discusses the monthly meetings of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) and those of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The HIVPC is the planning body for Broward County’s Ryan White Care Program (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory and networking body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC). Each meeting welcomes newcomers.

  • July Report from SFAN

    This article discusses the July 13 meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward. 

  • July Report from the South Florida AIDS Network

     

    The Ryan White Care (RWC) program requires its programs to have local advisory bodies. Broward County has two RWC programs. South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as that advisory body for Florida’s Department of Health (FL-DOH) RWC programs in Broward County. SFAN’s monthly meetings are open to the public. Broward County also has a RWC program (Broward-RWC).

  • June Report from SFAN

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida Department of Health (FL-DOH) Ryan White Care (RWC) program in Broward County. Newcomers and visitors are welcome to its meetings.

  • May 2018 Report from the South Florida AIDS Network

    This article discusses the recent meetings of two HIV planning and advisory bodies in Broward. The Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (RWC-Broward). The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) is the advisory body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (RWC-FL DOH Broward).

  • November Report From SFAN

    The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) is the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health, Ryan White Care (FL-DOH-RWC) grant in Broward County. Its monthly meetings are open to the public.

  • November Report from SFAN

    This report discusses the monthly meetings of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) and the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward County (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC).

  • October Report From SFAN

    This article discusses three meetings. First, it reports on the September 27 meeting of the HIV Planning Council (HIV-PC). Second, it discusses the October 5 Enhancing Prevention in Communities (EPIC) Conference. Third, it reports on the October 12 meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN).

  • September Report From SFAN

    This article discusses the September 14 meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN advises the Ryan White Care (RWC) program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH Broward). Broward County has a separate RWC program (Broward-RWC).

    Josh Rodriguez, RWC-FL DOH Broward, spoke about ADAP’s new 90-day HIV medication dispensing policy. Eligible ADAP clients must meet the following conditions. They have picked up their medications in 11 out of the last 12 months. They had at least one viral load test in the last 24 months. That viral load test showed that they had less than 200 copies of the virus. Ineligible clients can appeal.

    Any Eligibility Worker can enroll an eligible client in this program. Once a client enrolls, they will remain enrolled. According to Rodriquez, 214 clients had enrolled in this program as of September 14, 2018.

    Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Ace (ACA) will soon begin. Rodriguez said that about 1,400 people will need to re-enroll. An unknown number of new people will have to enroll for the first time.

    The current administration has slashed funding for ACA navigators. The navigators help people identify which ACA plan they will need. People new to health insurance find navigators very helpful. The November SFAN meeting will focus on ACA re-enrollment issues.

    A great deal about what ACA plans for 2019 remains unknown. Agencies can use this time to verify and update relevant client information. Updating now should streamline re-enrollment.

    Rodriguez discussed online recertification in RWC-FL DOH. Clients have to email ADAP to begin online RWC recertification. ADAP will then send them an email about how to proceed. If an RWC client has no computer access, they can recertify online at the Paul Hughes Clinic, 205 NW 6th Ave, Pompano Beach. Clients can also enroll in the ADAP office. About 634 clients have already re-enrolled as of September 14.

    Neil Walker, Broward-RWC, reported that the HIV Planning Council would soon have to reallocate funds. In the past, the HIV Planning Council has moved funds from under-performing RWC programs to over-performing programs. Test and Treat and other RWC programs have improved rates of retention in care. As a result more RWC programs are over-performing than are under-performing. Increased use of RWC programs, however, does not increase available RWC funds.

    Alisha Hurwood of Broward Legal Aid, reported on the free services that they provide to Broward County residents with incomes less than 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For a single individual, that FPL level would be $36,420 per year.

    They provide legal services in discrimination cases. They deal with homeless, tenant, and homeowner legal issues, as well as legal issues surrounding immigration.

    Broward Legal Aid administers the RWC HIV Law Project. This project provides services to current RWC clients in Broward with incomes less than 300 percent of the FPL. It provides legal services to help clients access benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid as well as other benefits.

    Announcements

    October 5: The Enhancing Prevention in Communities (EPIC) Summit 2018 conference will occur at Embassy Suites, 1100 SE 17th Street, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This free, interactive event will focus on information about PrEP. For more information, please visit, http://bit.ly/2pqqM7L.

    October 17: The Trans Pride planning meeting will occur at the Planet Printer office, 3401 N 29th Ave, Suite 101, Hollywood, form 7 to 9 p.m. Trans Pride will take place as part of Pride Fort Lauderdale on February 24, 2019.

    Next SFAN Meeting: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56th Street, Ft. Lauderdale. SFAN welcomes newcomers.

  • SFAN Report for Jan. 2018

    This report discusses the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). SFAN is the advisory for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FL-DOH RWC).

  • SFAN Update for Oct. 2017

    The Ryan White Care (RWC) program requires its programs to have local advisory bodies. South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) acts as the advisory body for the RWC programs of the Florida Department of Health (FL-DOH) in Broward County. SFAN’s monthly meetings are open to the public.

    While most SFAN meetings occur on Friday mornings, several times a year SFAN schedules its meetings on Thursday evenings. These meetings focus on reports to the community at-large. On October 5, Dr. Jeffrey Beal, Dr. Noah Lee, and Dr. Mark Schweizer spoke to the SFAN meeting. Beal spoke about the state “Test and Treat” program, Lee spoke about Hepatitis C, and Schweitzer spoke about oral health.

  • Winter 2018: Report from HIV Planning Bodies in Broward

    This article discusses the recent meetings of the three HIV planning and advisory bodies in Broward: the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC), the Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC), and the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The BCHPPC is the planning body for HIV prevention in Broward. The HIVPC is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (Broward-RWC). SFAN is the advisory body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward.

    On January 1, 2018, the second year of Broward County’s current Five-Year Plan began. That plan integrates prevention and treatment services.