Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today held a briefing on the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) AIDS Initiative, a $156 million dollar program to combat AIDS in communities of color. "The Initiative is an important victory because it provides needed resources to communities hard hit by AIDS, and draws attention to the unabated health crisis of AIDS at a time when headlines are in danger of lulling us into complacency. We must have effective outreach to make AIDS prevention and care available to all who need it," Pelosi said.
Dr. Eric Goosby praised the CBC for its work: "Part of the Administration's response to the disproportionate burden of AIDS in racial and ethnic minorities is outreach. The Congressional Black Caucus was pivotal in helping HHS receive an additional $156 million to devote to initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minorities."
Rep. Pelosi, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, which funds the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, worked with CBC leaders to secure this very important funding. HIV/AIDS is spreading fastest in communities of color:
The Congressional Black Caucus AIDS Initiative includes funding for:
HIV/AIDS is increasing in the Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Latino and Native American communities around the country. Several components of the Initiative will make funding available to these communities.
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