President's Announcement UPDATED!
In October 1998, the President declared HIV/AIDS to be a severe and on-going health crisis in racial and ethnic minority communities . In response, the Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus announced a special package of initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on racial and ethnic minorities.
The Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative is part of HHS' larger Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health by the year 2010. HIV/AIDS is one of that initiative's six focus areas.
The Initiative began in FY 1999 with $156 million, which increased to $251 million in FY 2000, $350 million in FY 2001, $391 million in FY 2002, and $409 million in FY 2003.
The Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative provides funds to community-based organizations, faith communities, research institutions, minority-serving colleges and universities, health care organizations, state and local health departments, and correctional institutions to help them address the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the minority populations they serve.
HHS is working through its agencies to provide grants for programs dealing with HIV/AIDS prevention and education, research, faith-based initiatives, prison programs, expansion of treatment capacity, bilingual/bicultural services, and other special projects.
The agencies are: