Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Project Grant Request for Proposals (RFP) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Project Grant Request for Proposals (RFP)

Update: 6/10/2016

TO: Consumers/Providers
FROM: Krissie L. Guerard, MS STD/HIV/TB Section Manager
SUBJECT: MDH Awards Grants for 2016 Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) RFP

We announce today that five agencies will receive 400,000 dollars for the expansion of PrEP programming in Minnesota as part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce new HIV infections in the State. The overall goal of PrEP is to prevent acquisition of HIV infections when a person is exposed to the virus by taking a pill that contains two HIV medications daily.

The grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the Minnesota Department of Health are awarded to five agencies for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019 aimed at increasing the number of persons at ongoing substantial risk for acquiring HIV who are willing to take a pill daily to prevent HIV infection.

The grants will help three (3) clinics and two (2) community based organizations to provide PrEP programming to reach populations that continue to experience higher HIV infection rates in the State. Also, at geographical areas that are highly impacted, particularly the Twin Cities Metropolitan areas where HIV remains concentrated. Below is a list of the agencies that received grant funds:

  • Hennepin County Public Health – Red Door Care, Prevention and Outreach Services
  • Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation – Positive Care Clinic
  • Saint Paul - Ramey County Public Health – Clinic 555
  • Minnesota AIDS Project
  • University of Minnesota, Youth and AIDS Project

Nine proposals were submitted, but due to limited resources available, only five were selected for funding based on the reviewers’ scores and recommendations, in addition to further MDH internal review process recommendations.

 

Background Information:

The MDH solicited applications under this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development, implementation, and evaluation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services for communities at the highest risk of HIV infection.

PrEP is a highly effective risk reduction strategy for HIV-negative people at high risk for HIV infection. The population at highest risk include, MSM, transgender persons, and other populations with ongoing risk behaviors that puts them at substantial risk of acquiring HIV infection. The overall goal of PrEP is to prevent acquiring HIV infection when a person is exposed to the virus, by taking a pill that contains two HIV medications daily.

Download the RFP Packet:

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Project Grant: Request for Proposals (RFP), download entire packet and forms (PDF) or (Word)

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