Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that the Bronx Community Health Network would be the recipient of more than $1 million in federal funding for their ongoing efforts to prevent, treat, and manage HIV/AIDS in the Bronx.
"The work the Bronx Community Health Network carries out in the fight against HIV and AIDS is exemplary and deserving of the support that our government is giving to it," said Congressman Serrano. "Their model, which treats the whole patient, is the way medicine should be practiced. It is particularly important in the cases where people have HIV/AIDS. They need more comprehensive care than others might in order to successfully manage their disease. Through management of existing infections and education of those not infected, BCHN is doing extremely important work to roll back the spread of this deadly disease. This grant will empower them to continue that vital work."
"Care of patients with HIV/AIDS and prevention of infection in people who are at high risk of developing HIV/AIDs is an essential part of the BCHN mission," said Dr. Jay Izes, Chief Medical Officer of the Bronx Community Health Network. "This competitive grant renewal reflects HRSA's evaluation of the innovative, patient-centered care that we provide."
"We are privileged to play a part in preventing the spread of the virus by educating our community and keeping healthy those who are already living with HIV/AIDS," said Eleanor Larrier, MPH, who is CEO of Bronx Community Health Network.
The $1.043 million grant was issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration under Title 3 of the Ryan White Act. Congressman Serrano worked for reauthorization of the deeply important Ryan White Act, which funds most of the HIV/AIDS-specific health care and prevention in the nation.
"We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS in the community, the nation and the world," added Serrano. "We know that the best prevention methods are education and treatment, and BCHN is carrying out those tasks with distinction. I am very pleased to help announce this award, because I know that it will save lives in our community. And ultimately that is what the fight against HIV/AIDS is about: saving lives."