Ryan White HIV Program

The HIV Care Program is funded through the Ryan White Care Acts Part B, Part C, and Part D Grants, and through the HOPWA and CDC HIV Prevention Grants. We network with other agencies in our area to provide services needed by our clients.

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Learn more about the Ryan White Program and governmental HIV/AIDS services.

Who Was Ryan White?

Ryan White courageously fought AIDS-related discrimination and helped educate the nation about HIV/AIDS.

Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13. He and his mother, Jeanne White Ginder, fought for his right to attend school, gaining international attention as a voice of reason about HIV/AIDS. At the age of 18, Ryan died on April 8, 1990, just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name – the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act, now called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Learn more about Ryan’s early years of struggle, pain, and triumph.

About the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

The Ryan White Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people each year. The program is for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who have no health insurance (public or private), who have insufficient health care coverage, or who lack financial resources to get the care they need for their HIV disease. As such, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program fills gaps in care not covered by other funding sources.

The majority of Ryan White funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion funds technical assistance, clinical training, and research on innovative models of care.

The Ryan White legislation created a number of programs, called Parts, to meet needs for different communities and populations affected by HIV/AIDS:

  • Part A provides emergency assistance to Eligible Metropolitan Areas and Transitional Grant Areas that are most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • Part B provides grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 5 U.S. Pacific territories or associated jurisdictions. In Arkansas, this is managed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and through their subcontractors (ARcare and Jefferson Comprehensive Care).
  • Part C provides comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for people living with HIV disease. Part C Grantees in Arkansas include ARcare in Northeast Arkansas, Jefferson Comprehensive Care in Southeast Arkansas, and East Arkansas Family Clinic in West Memphis.
  • Part D provides family-centered care involving outpatient or ambulatory care for women, infants, children, and youth with HIV/AIDS. Part D Grantees in Arkansas include ARcare and Jefferson Comprehensive Care.
  • Part F provides funds for a variety of programs:
    • The Special Projects of National Significance Program Grants fund innovative models of care and support the development of effective delivery systems for HIV care.
    • The AIDS Education and Training Centers Program supports a network of 11 regional centers and several national centers that conduct targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating people living with HIV/AIDS. ARcare and Jefferson Comprehensive participate.
    • The Dental Programs provide additional funding for oral health care for people with HIV. No programs are in Arkansas since there is no dental school in the state.
    • The Minority AIDS Initiative provides funding to evaluate and address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African-Americans and other minorities. All three Part C Grantees are also funded under the Minority AIDS Initiative.

For more information, download Program Fact Sheets.

Overview of the Ryan White Legislation

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is the largest federal program focused exclusively on HIV/AIDS care. First enacted in 1990 as the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act, the legislation authorizes programs, called Parts. The purpose is to provide a flexible structure under which this national program can address HIV/AIDS care needs on the basis of:

  • Different geographic areas (large metropolitan areas, states, and communities across the nation)
  • Varying populations hit hardest by the epidemic
  • Types of HIV-AIDS-related services
  • Service system needs (e.g., technical assistance for programs, training of clinicians, research on innovative models of care)

Legislative provisions (called Sections) address, for example, planning and decision making, type of grants that are available, what funds may be used for, requirements for entities submitting applications for funding, and available technical assistance to help programs run more effectively.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB).