News release: MDH awards grants for HIV prevention work

News Release
October 22, 2012
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MDH awards grants for HIV prevention work

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced today that 20 agencies will receive $1.7 million for HIV prevention grants to ensure that targeted efforts continue to reach those at highest risk of acquiring or spreading the infection.

The grants, funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state, will be awarded for a two-year period beginning in January of 2013 to support 30 programs aimed at preventing the spread of HIV in adults and young people of all races and from all sexual orientations at risk for HIV. The awarded agencies will have an option for a two-year extension, dependent on availability of funds in 2015.

"The grants represent our continued commitment to target our limited resources to those communities that need it most," said Peter Carr, director of the STD and HIV Section at MDH. "The awards were based on the new funding and program directives set forth by CDC and reach the target populations identified by the state's planning group, Community Cooperative Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention."

The grants will help non-profit community-based organizations, clinics and agencies to provide programs to reach underserved communities with higher HIV infection rates through the following prevention service tracks:

    • HIV testing and testing outreach.
    • HIV prevention with positives to keep themselves and their partners healthy.
    • HIV prevention services to keep injection drug users healthy.
    • Prevention for youth at high-risk of HIV.

    "We received a total of 54 proposals and were only able to fund 30 programs," Carr said. "We selected programs that will have the greatest chance of reducing HIV infection rates with the limited resources available."

    Funding decisions were based on recommendations submitted by a 48-member community proposal review committee that reviewed and scored the applications. Although some funded agencies will serve the Greater Minnesota area including tribal lands, most of the funded agencies will deliver their programs in the Twin Cities metropolitan areas where HIV remains concentrated.

    For more information about MDH’s efforts to address the HIV epidemic in Minnesota, visit their website at:

    NOTE: A complete list of the grant recipients accompanies this news release.

    HIV Prevention Grants for 2013-2014

    HIV testing and testing outreach track

    African-born heterosexuals
    Crown Medical Center
    African Health Action
    Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services in MN
    Young heterosexuals
    Latino heterosexuals
    Neighborhood House
    African-American heterosexuals
    Broadway Family Medicine Clinic
    Open Cities Health Center
    Greater Minnesota
    Rural AIDS Action Network
    Lutheran Social Services Duluth
    Native American heterosexuals
    Indigenous Peoples Task Force
    Asian Pacific Islander heterosexuals
    Neighborhood House
    Adult men who have sex with men
    Red Door Services
    Minnesota AIDS Project
    Westside Community Health Center
    Pillsbury House
    Young men who have sex with men
    Red Door Services
    Minnesota AIDS Project
    High School for Recording Arts

    HIV prevention with positives track

    Positive Care Center
    Youth and AIDS Projects
    Rural AIDS Action Network
    Red Door Services
    Minnesota AIDS Project
    Minnesota Perinatal Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

    HIV prevention services for injection drug users track

    Minnesota AIDS Project
    Rural AIDS Action Network
    Sacred Spirits

    Prevention for youth at high-risk of HIV track

    Face to Face
    Neighborhood House


For more information, contact:

Doug Schultz
MDH Communications

Peter Carr
STD and HIV Section