This article discusses two meetings. It reports on the HIV Planning Council (HIV-PC) meeting. It reports on the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) meeting.
The Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) oversees the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (RWC-Broward), also known as RWC-Part A.
The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) advises the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (RWC-FL DOH Broward), also known as RWC-Part B.
The HIV Planning Council met on April 25.
Most of this meeting concerned funds left unspent at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 on March 31.
The Planning Council sets priorities and allocates RWC-Broward funds. Lorenzo Robertson discussed the Priority Setting and Resource Allocation (PSRA) process. This process starts if either of two things happen. The award may differ from the requested amount. Some providers may either be under or over providing services. When either happens, the PSRA committee submits proposals to the HIV-PC to move funds between providers.
Leonard Jones (RWC-Broward) reported that the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) had between $180,000 and $190,000 left unspent. This program focuses on black men and women between the ages of 18 to 34. It only began in November 2019 with three months to spend its funds. The MAI can carry these unspent funds over into FY2019.
The peer training program has reached its final stages, according to Jones. Most peer trainees have either found a new job, or their current job will use their new peer skills.
Jones announced a two month goal for dual online certification in RWC-Broward (Part A) and AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
Josh Rodriguez (RWC-FL DOH Broward) discussed the Emergency Financial Assistance program. This program pays for emergency expenses. These emergency expenses include paying for antiretrovirals before ADAP can. He estimated that this program will have over $10,000 left unspent at the end of FY2018.
SFAN met on May 3
Most of this meeting also concerned funds left unspent at the end of FY2018.
SFAN made multiple requests of RWC-FL DOH. SFAN requested that RWC-FL DOH Broward explain the unspent $12,201 of the Emergency Financial Assistance category. In March, 178 clients failed to re-enroll in ADAP. SFAN wanted to know how many of these were lost to care. SFAN members requested more information regarding this.
Joey Wynn has resigned as the Broward alternate delegate to the Patient Care and Prevention Planning Group. This statewide group plans HIV services for the state. Greg Beltran has agreed to be the new alternate.
Ronald Henderson, Statewide Minority AIDS Coordinator, called in from Tallahassee. He reported on new HIV cases among gay and bi men in Florida. Black gay and bi men had the largest number of new HIV cases from age 13 to 24. Latinos aged 25 to 49 had the largest number. After age 50, white gay and bi men had the largest number of new HIV cases.
Broward differed slightly in new HIV cases among gay and bi men. Black gay and bi men had the largest number of new HIV cases from age 13 to 29. Latinos aged 30 to 39 had the largest number. After age 40, white gay and bi men had the largest number of new HIV cases.
Next SFAN Meeting: Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56th St., Fort Lauderdale. SFAN welcomes newcomers.
Next HIVPC meeting: Thursday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. at Broward Government Center, Room GC430, 115 S. Andrews Ave.
The World AIDS Museum is conducting an oral history of HIV. They are looking for personal stories. Call 954-390-0550 for more information.