The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its national list of 95 community-based organizations (CBOs) granted funding to develop and implement high-impact human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention programsand South Side Help Center (SSHC) is one of only three CBOs selected in Illinois.
SSHC's grant is for $2 million over a five year period.
SSHC's comprehensive HIV prevention programs align with the pillars of the nation's "Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (EHE)-Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond," and employs CDC's High-Impact Prevention approach. This includes the implementation and delivery of strategic practices that focus on (1) diagnosis of HIV, (2) treatment of HIV-positive persons, (3) preventing new HIV transmissions, and (4) responding quickly to potential HIV outbreaks to get needed prevention and treatment services to people who need them.
"We are fortunate to be awarded this CDC grant to extend the work that we've been doing," said SSHC Executive Director Vanessa Smith in a statement. "CDC is allocating funding in a way that follows the disease in awarding Black and Brown-led organizations that are indigenous to communities we serve."
The purpose of this program is to implement comprehensive HIV prevention programs to reduce morbidity, mortality, and related health disparities in accordance with the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative: A Plan for America and CDC's High-Impact HIV Prevention approach. In accordance with CDC directives, SSHC focuses on addressing the HIV epidemic by increasing HIV testing and referrals, increasing access to care, and promoting health equity.