Minority Aids Initiative: Consolidation of Fragmented HIV/AIDS Funding Could Reduce Administrative Challenges, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 830KB]

From the Highlights: "According to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] data, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States--particularly Blacks/African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos--have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, representing 72 percent of new HIV infections and 74 percent of all AIDS diagnoses in 2011. In addition to core funding programs through CDC and HRSA [Health Resources and Services Administration] that are intended to provide services to all qualifying individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, MAI [Minority AIDS Initiative] seeks to improve HIV-related health outcomes and reduce health disparities for minority communities through the provision of grant funds. MAI grants are distributed to a variety of entities. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 required GAO [Government Accountability Office] to (1) examine the services provided, population served, and administrative challenges faced by MAI grantees, and (2) describe the best practices identified by grantees and other stakeholders for community outreach and capacity building. GAO conducted a review of services reported in fiscal year 2011 MAI grantee annual reports from a generalizable sample of 100 grantees, and interviewed agency officials and other stakeholders. GAO also reviewed grant administrative requirements, and data on MAI grant amounts and populations served. […] To enhance HIV/AIDS services to minority populations, HHS should consolidate MAI funding into core HIV/AIDS funding and seek legislation as necessary to achieve a consolidated approach. HHS stated that GAO's recommendations align with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy."

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