North Shore-LIJ Receives $2M Federal Grant to Care for Women, Infants, Children, Youth with HIV in Queens, Nassau

MANHASSET, NY – North Shore LIJ’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV, the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) and the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic announced they have received a nearly $2 million, three-year federal grant from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program to treat women, infants, children and youth with HIV/AIDS.

The grant money will be used to continue to help facilitate access to family-centered primary and specialty medical care and provide supportive services to approximately 2,000 HIV-positive clients in Queens and Nassau counties. This grant funds the coordinated efforts of the North Shore-LIJ Positive Outreach with Integrated Resources (POWIR) program, which includes family-centered care between the following departments: pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology. The POWIR program developed a consortium of 17 community-based organizations in Queens that can receive funding from this grant for client care and other supportive services, such as transportation. The POWIR program, due to this grant, is presently working on creating a similar consortium in Nassau County which will also be able to receive funding and coordinate with the Queens group.

“In Queens, before we received the grant, there was very little collaborative care provided to these patients,” explained Vincent Bonagura, MD, chief of allergy and immunology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, and the principal investigator of this new HRSA grant. He noted that the first grant allowed for the successful creation of the POWIR program and the formation of the Queens consortium that is now working diligently to provide collaborative services for these patients and their families in Queens. “Now we can provide a much more comprehensive approach to caring for women, infants, children and youth who are HIV positive and their families in Nassau County as well.”

The program previously received a five-year, $3.3 million grant in 2008. This is the first time a Ryan White Part D grant will provide services for women, infants, children and youth with HIV/AIDS in Nassau County.

The Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV last year worked with 113 HIV-positive infants, children and adolescent patients, ranging in age from newborns to 24 years of age. CART provided care for 1,725 adults ages 18 or older in 2011. Through the consortium, North Shore-LIJ was able to serve an additional 367 HIV-infected or affected residents of Queens in 2011.

For more information about the centers’ services, contact Community Liaison Anthony Palmer at 516-622-5194.

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