NSUH earns $800K grant for family-focused HIV care

White light: A Ryan White HIV/AIIDS Program grant will fund HIV-related services for women and children at North Shore University Hospital.

A Manhasset hospital has received more than $800,000 in federal monies to provide HIV care for women and children.

North Shore University Hospital announced this week that it was one of 116 programs nationally to receive 2017-18 HIV program funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, in the form of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant.

The $837,935 stipend will help the hospital provide HIV care and support services for women, infants, children and “their affected family members,” according to NSUH.

David Rosenthal, medical director of Northwell Health’s Great Neck-based Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV and the primary investigator of NSUH’s new grant, said the funding will prove critical to HIV patients facing “unique challenges that are specific to their age and gender.”

“The [grant] allows the Northwell Health Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Health to specifically address these patients’ individual needs and to provide them with outstanding comprehensive healthcare,” Rosenthal said in a statement.

Services targeted by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – named for a late Indiana teenager who was at the center of circa-1980s national debates over AIDS in schools – include cutting-edge pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV care, along with OB/GYN care related to the once-fatal, now largely treatable human immunodeficiency virus.

All told, the HRSA program has allocated roughly $2.36 billion in 2017-18 grants to cities, counties, states and local community-based organizations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the end of 2014 (the most recent count), an estimated 1.1 million U.S. residents were living with HIV, with 15 percent of those (roughly one in seven) unaware of their infection.

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