IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2003

U.S. Conference of Mayors HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Awarded
11 Cities and Agencies to Receive Awards for HIV Prevention to Benefit High Risk Groups

Washington, DC -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors, through its HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program, has awarded grants totaling more than $600,000 to eleven community-based organizations and health departments throughout the country. Though priorities change from year to year, the awards go to local programs that seek to assist groups that are at high risk of HIV infection.

"The U.S. Conference of Mayors is proud to award these grants to community-based organizations that are helping to fight the AIDS epidemic in America by promoting local HIV prevention efforts," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Finding a cure is important but education and prevention efforts are critical in helping to diminish the spread of this global disease."

The three categories of award winners include new programs already in effect, new programs scheduled to begin very soon; and previously existing programs will continue successful and-ongoing efforts. Eight of the eleven organizations plan to conduct HIV prevention programs for gay/bisexual men of color, variously targeting African American, Hispanic, and Asian men.

The six awards for new programs go to the following cities and agencies:

Nashville, TN: Nashville CARES
Washington, DC: Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive
San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
San Jose, CA: Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
Chicago, IL: Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center/CALOR

Two awards to cities and agencies continuing successful programs will go to:

Savannah, GA: My Brothaz HOME
Washington, DC: Whitman-Walker Clinic

The three awards to organizations that will conduct new HIV prevention programs for Native Americans will go to:

Minneapolis, MN: Upper Midwest American Indian Center
Wichita, KS: Hunter Health Clinic
Great Falls, MT: Great Falls Indian Family Health Center

Since 1985 USCM, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has given almost $12.6 million in HIV/AIDS prevention grants to community-based organizations and local health departments. Since 1992, USCM has taken the lead in issues affecting gay/bisexual men of color, funding a national HIV prevention needs assessment as well as 39 local HIV prevention projects to date. Also, USCM has since 1995 funded 17 local programs for Native Americans, a neglected group whose unique needs are inadequately addressed in many areas. Other priorities have included HIV prevention needs assessments and prevention programs for high-risk women.

Another round of HIV prevention grants will be awarded late this year. Details are available on the USCM website: usmayors.org

Contacts:
USCM: Lina Garcia, (202) 861-6719

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