Ryan White Health Centers: The List Grows

Ryan White Health Centers: The List Grows

October 1, 2015

Who knew? In early August 2015, we shared the news that HHS has funded 266 new HRSA Health Centers as part of Affordable Care Act funding to expand coverage for underserved individuals. We knew Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) grantees were among the winners, including Catawba Care/Affinity in South Carolina, but had no idea how many are actually out there. We still don't, but two more--make that three--Ryan White grantees recently informed us that they too are recipients of the HHS funding. Here are their stories.

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Cares Community Health

Cares Community HealthNow called Cares Community Health, the Center for AIDS Research Education & Services began providing HIV clinic services in 1990, They are funded under Ryan White Parts A, B, C and D. CCH was awarded full FQHC status in May 2015 and changed their name as part of overall agency restructuring. 

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

API Wellness CenterPrior to achieving FQHC status in 2015, the Wellness Center started providing free medical services in 2011 and, way back in 1999, first published (with HRSA support) the Clinicians' Guide to Working with Asians and Pacific Islanders Living with HIV--one of a series of HIV clinical guides addressing specific clinical populations and conditions.


Affinity Health CenterCatawba Care of South Carolina is a grantee that rebranded itself in 2015 as Affinity Health Center as part of their transformation from an HIV clinic to a primary care site. Their transition process was featured on this site in a series of blog articles highlighting their strategic planning, collaborations, and other initiatives to keep pace with ongoing health care reform.

Kansas City CARE Clinic

KC CARE ClinicFounded in 1971, Kansas City CARE Clinic (formerly Kansas City Free Health Clinic) began delivering HIV services in the 1990s. According to the agency's press release: "Anticipating the change in healthcare, the clinic adopted a change in business model moving from a free clinic to a charitable clinic to provide care for those with and without insurance." The clinic was recently recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). 

Howard Brown Health Center

Howard BrownHoward Brown Health Center was founded in 1974 and is one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clinics. In a press release, agency head David Ernesto Munar said the HRSA award will enable Howard Brown to expand "its reach, assuring thousands more people--especially the most vulnerable in the Chicago area--will have greater access to comprehensive and culturally competent health care."