Report from HIV Planning Bodies January & February

People living with HIV in Broward in 2018 by Race and Anatomical Sex

This article discusses three meetings. First, it reports on the meeting of the HIV Planning Council (HIVPC).

Second, it reports on two meetings of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). The Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) oversees the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (RWC-Broward). The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) advises the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (RWC-FL DOH Broward).  

The HIVPC met on Jan. 23

The HIVPC can move funds between programs twice per year. The HIVPC moved $781,279 from underperforming programs to programs likely to meet or exceed their service goals.

Elections for the HIVPC chair and vice-chair will occur on February 27. The current chair, Requel Lopes, and vice-chair, Claudette Grant, are seeking re-election.

The HIVPC is seeking more people living with HIV to become members. 

SFAN met on January 10, and February 7, 2020. 

In observance of Black HIV Awareness Day, Joey Wynn paid tribute to Ron Henderson, who died last October. Henderson worked as Statewide Minority AIDS Coordinator (FL DOH). Wynn described him as a straight Black man who fought to provide HIV services for Trans people as well as Gay and Bi men. 

Serena Cook (RWC-Fl DOH Broward) reported that RWC-FL DOH Broward has hired a new ADAP manager, Soliah Matthews. 

Cook reported that RWC cannot provide bus passes to Medicaid clients. According to Cook, Medicaid has its own medical transportation system. Greg Beltran (Midland Cares) pointed out that Medicaid and RWC services differ. RWC provides bus passes for trips to more service providers than Medicaid does.

Ashley Mayfaire of TransSocial reported that SFAN now has a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/3bs8xFP). 

Bisiola Fortune-Evans (Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center) reported on PrEP use among women at-risk for HIV. She said that some of their pregnant, HIV-negative clients are using PrEP.

Michael Belusko (Mom’s Meals) presented on Mom’s Meal, a meal delivery service. They deliver two meals per day. Mom’s Meals tailors’ meals to diagnosis. Interested people should speak with their case manager.

Joey Wynn (Midland Cares) discussed the lack of “disruptive innovations” in Broward's "Ending the Epidemic" proposal. He stressed that, for years, Broward has led the country in new HIV diagnoses. He said, “The system is broken, fragmented, non-responsive. It is not patient centered.” He argued that Fl DOH Broward needs to change how they do things. Wynn stressed the need to consolidate eligibility across RWC, HOPWA, and ADAP programs. 

Federal Budget 

The National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors reported that Trump’s proposed 2021 budget would maintain current funding for RWC and the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative. That budget, however, would cut 9% from other programs of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The New York Times reported that this proposed budget, over time, would cut about $1 trillion dollars from the funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would cut the ACA’s Medicaid Expansion and income subsidies. As Florida has refused to expand Medicaid, those cuts would have minimal impact in Florida. ACA’s income subsidies, however, enable many Floridians to purchase health insurance. Those proposed cuts would impact Florida.

Announcements 

TransPride will hold a planning meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on February 26 at Midland Cares, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd.

Transsocial will host a free housing rights clinic on Wednesday, March 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Midland Cares, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd.

Next SFAN Meeting: Thursday, March 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56th St., Fort Lauderdale. SFAN welcomes newcomers.

Next HIVPC meeting: Thursday, February 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Broward Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Room GC-430.

 


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