An analysis published Feb. 26 by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health examines the role community health centers will play in achieving the Trump Administration’s initiative to stop new HIV infections in the U.S. by 2030.
The initiative calls for an expansion of health care, including outreach to at-risk populations, services aimed at preventing new infections, and ongoing care and treatment for people living with HIV. Community health centers serve more than one in five people in the U.S. living with HIV/AIDS and receiving care for their condition. As a critical part of the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment system, health centers will need sustained funding and additional resources to support the administration’s initiative. In Medicaid non-expansion states, health centers will face a great challenge, given Medicaid’s role in funding health care for people with or at risk for HIV.
“The feasibility of the administration’s HIV initiative entirely depends on the availability, accessibility, and quality of health care,” said Ms. Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at Milken Institute SPH, one of the authors of the analysis. “Community health centers will play a major role, given the size of the patient population they serve, the scope of care they offer and their accessibility in at-risk communities.”Friday Letter Submission