The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium Receives Support From Federal and Private Foundation Sources

Apr 17, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium

    PHILADELPHIA, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Philadelphia AIDS
 Consortium (TPAC) released that it has been awarded three (3) new grants
 totaling over $296,000 to increase and strengthen its services to those
 persons infected by HIV/AIDS. Board President, Luciano Orsini, said "The
 fight against HIV/AIDS is more than just a public health issue, it is a
 fight to guarantee the sustainability of providing client services and the
 very delivery system that enables HIV/AIDS patients to access care."
     Specifically, the Consortium was awarded a $10,000 grant from the MAC
 AIDS Fund based in Toronto, Canada; to broaden its award winning mass media
 campaign "Spread the Word, Not the Disease."
     Larry Hochendoner, Executive Director of The Consortium said, "The Mac
 AIDS fund award will allow us to purchase significantly more television and
 radio airtime to reach out to teenagers and women in communities of color
 where the rate of HIV/AIDS infection is highest."
     Hochendoner added, "The best way to fight this virus is to prevent a
 person from getting infected in the first place. Our ad campaign gives
 women and young people the tools and information to protect themselves and
 provides a hotline number to access information on testing and care
 services."
     BJ's Charitable Foundation awarded TPAC $10,000 to further expand The
 Consortium's Food Voucher Program, an innovative emergency based initiative
 to ensure that those most in need of food who are infected by HIV/AIDS
 receive adequate nutrition. This program, launched in 2000, serves over
 5,000 low-income eligible clients each year who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
 Underwriting for this program comes from The Ryan White Care Act federal
 monies as well as additional grant monies from The Philadelphia Foundation.
     Finally, TPAC was awarded $276,493 from the Office of Minority Health
 in the US Department of Heath and Human Services to expand and strengthen
 its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to TPAC's network of forty-five (45)
 health care and support service agencies. Dolores Vera, Coordinator of the
 TAP program said, "This award from the Office of Minority Health enables
 TPAC to provide state of the art trainings throughout our delivery system
 on myriad organizational, program, operational and board and staff
 development issues.
     Hochendoner noted, "Our TAP program gives us the tools to increase the
 sustainability, accountability and competencies for our entire service
 delivery system." TPAC currently serves over 10,900 clients infected with
 the HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks
 counties.
 
 

SOURCE The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium
    PHILADELPHIA, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Philadelphia AIDS
 Consortium (TPAC) released that it has been awarded three (3) new grants
 totaling over $296,000 to increase and strengthen its services to those
 persons infected by HIV/AIDS. Board President, Luciano Orsini, said "The
 fight against HIV/AIDS is more than just a public health issue, it is a
 fight to guarantee the sustainability of providing client services and the
 very delivery system that enables HIV/AIDS patients to access care."
     Specifically, the Consortium was awarded a $10,000 grant from the MAC
 AIDS Fund based in Toronto, Canada; to broaden its award winning mass media
 campaign "Spread the Word, Not the Disease."
     Larry Hochendoner, Executive Director of The Consortium said, "The Mac
 AIDS fund award will allow us to purchase significantly more television and
 radio airtime to reach out to teenagers and women in communities of color
 where the rate of HIV/AIDS infection is highest."
     Hochendoner added, "The best way to fight this virus is to prevent a
 person from getting infected in the first place. Our ad campaign gives
 women and young people the tools and information to protect themselves and
 provides a hotline number to access information on testing and care
 services."
     BJ's Charitable Foundation awarded TPAC $10,000 to further expand The
 Consortium's Food Voucher Program, an innovative emergency based initiative
 to ensure that those most in need of food who are infected by HIV/AIDS
 receive adequate nutrition. This program, launched in 2000, serves over
 5,000 low-income eligible clients each year who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
 Underwriting for this program comes from The Ryan White Care Act federal
 monies as well as additional grant monies from The Philadelphia Foundation.
     Finally, TPAC was awarded $276,493 from the Office of Minority Health
 in the US Department of Heath and Human Services to expand and strengthen
 its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to TPAC's network of forty-five (45)
 health care and support service agencies. Dolores Vera, Coordinator of the
 TAP program said, "This award from the Office of Minority Health enables
 TPAC to provide state of the art trainings throughout our delivery system
 on myriad organizational, program, operational and board and staff
 development issues.
     Hochendoner noted, "Our TAP program gives us the tools to increase the
 sustainability, accountability and competencies for our entire service
 delivery system." TPAC currently serves over 10,900 clients infected with
 the HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks
 counties.
 
 SOURCE The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium