With 5,430 residents living with HIV/AIDS, Long Island has the highest number of AIDS cases of any suburban area in the nation and more cases than in 26 states. United Way of Long Island is the technical support agency for three sources of federal funds to provide resources for people who are HIV positive including:
United Way administers funding for Part A & HOPWA through an RFP process. New RFP will be posted in the near future.
From Federal Ryan White CARE Act funding through Nassau County, United Way of Long Island has granted more than $32 million in the past six years to community-based organizations to care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
We also administer and staff the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council, a community-based regional group responsible for coordinating the community response to improving services for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The Planning Council works to develop and update a comprehensive plan for the region, ensuring that there is no duplication of services through the various funding streams on Long Island. In 2016, the Council under United Way's leadership collaborated with the Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Health, NYC Department of Health, NYS Department of Health and other HIV/AIDS planning bodies across the state to develop the NYS Integrated Prevention and Care Plan for 2017-2021. This plan addresses health and human services for people with HIV disease in New York State and aligns with the state's Ending the Epidemic Blueprint. It can be used by anyone involved in planning, funding, delivering, receiving, or measuring the effectiveness of HIV services. The Plan’s vision is to provide HIV positive individuals including those living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties with a comprehensive, coordinated system of culturally and linguistically appropriate state-of-the-art primary and specialty HIV care and supportive services designed to improve and maintain overall health status and quality of life.
In 2007, the HIV/AIDS Grants Management Department at United Way was honored for their work in the field of HIV/AIDS and received the New York State Health Commissioner’s 2007 World AIDS Day Award.
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