Aspire receives $146k Ryan White grant

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Aspire Indiana Health has been awarded a $146,000 grant through the Ryan White Part C Capacity Development Program to expand its infectious disease services.

The grant via the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is named in honor of Hoosier teen Ryan White, one of the first HIV-positive public figures to advocate on behalf of patients. White passed away in 1990 at the age of 18, six years after being diagnosed with AIDS. His fight to return to school and be treated like any other child inspired millions.

The program aims to strengthen organizational capacity to respond to the changing health care landscape and increase access to high quality HIV health care services for low income, uninsured and underserved people living with HIV (PLWH).

The grant, which begins in September 2019 and runs for one year, will entirely fund a new manager of infectious disease position, as well as part of the salary of an infectious disease physician. 

“We are deeply grateful to be awarded this grant in the name of Ryan White, who did so much to advance the fight against HIV,” said Jerry Landers, Chief Executive Officer  of Aspire Indiana Health. “This will significantly expand our capacity to help Hoosiers with infectious diseases.”