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What is the Ryan White Program?

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is named after an Indiana teenager diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980’s. He put a face on a disease that had been shadowed in secrecy and fear. Ryan died in 1990; four months before the federal legislation bearing his name became law. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program  provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medications, and essential support services for low-income people with HIV.

Part A of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 provides assistance to Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) and Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs) that are most severely impacted by the HIV epidemic.

Planning Council Purpose

The purpose of the Planning Council is to plan for and design the present and future system of care for persons with HIV in a way that is comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and reflective of the metropolitan St. Louis HIV TGA community.

Planning Council Mission

The mission of the Planning Council is to collaborate with community stakeholders to achieve a coordinated data-driven response to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Services to reduce new infections, increase access to care, improve health outcomes, and reduce health disparities in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.

Planning Council Vision

The Planning Council is committed to eliminating new infections and improving the health and well-being of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, viral hepatitis and related health concerns.

 What Does The Planning Council Do?

  • Prioritize the services most needed for people living with HIV/AIDS and allocate federal funds for these services.
  • Develop plans for the delivery of care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Work to ensure that the St. Louis region continues to receive Ryan White Part A funds.

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What do Planning Council Members Do?

  • Members participate in monthly Planning Council meetings.
  • Members bring their experience and knowledge regarding the needs of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to Planning Council discussions.
  • Members are also assigned to at least one additional committee based on need, interests, and experience.