Funding awarded to the St. Louis metro area from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HIV/AIDS medical care services increased from last year by over $295,000. The funding commonly known as Ryan White Funds is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration which is a division of HHS. The funds are utilized to cover essential medical care, oral health, medication, insurance, and supportive services for those living with HIV/AIDS. This year the St. Louis Transitional Grant Area (TGA) which covers 7 counties in Missouri and 5 counties in Illinois was awarded over $6.5 million.
The St. Louis TGA is lead by the St. Louis HIV Health Planning Council. Members of the Council are appointed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis. The Mayor charges the management of these funds to the City Health Department. The Department works closely with the Planning Council to direct funding to appropriate medical services.
"There are over 6,000 individuals in the metro area living with HIV/AIDS and last year at least half of those individuals received some type of medical service through Ryan White funds," said Dale Wrigley, St. Louis City Health Services Manager.
For more information are to get involved with the St. Louis HIV Health Planning Council contact the Planning Council Support office through the City of St. Louis Department of Health at 657-1551.