Advocacy » Appropriations
CAEAR Coalition is actively advocating for increased federal appropriations in FY 2017 for the Ryan White Program. Following are updates and materials related to CAEAR Coalition's appropriations advocacy.
Over the last 12 months, CAEAR Coalition advocated for Ryan White Program funding levels by organizing grassroots efforts and educating members of Congress about the need for increased Ryan White Program resources. CAEAR Coalition members met with key Congressional leaders in March and September 2016. At these meetings, the CAEAR Coalition reviewed the success of the Ryan White Program and outlined strategic ways to strengthen the Program in the coming years, noting the need to find ways to best leverage its achievements to continue the nation’s efforts to reduce HIV incidence and HIV-related health disparities and to increase access to care. Critical meetings were in the offices of: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).
CAEAR Coalition will focus its efforts in 2017 on educating the new Administration and members of the Senate and House and their staffs on the importance of the Ryan White Program. Plans include an educational session on Capitol Hill for health policy staff to outline the successes of the Ryan White program and to highlight its continued role in ensuring people living with HIV/AIDS have access to high-quality care and services.
CAEAR Coalition is encouraging members to plan in-district meetings this summer. Updated talking points and fact sheets will be posted in early June. Questions? E-mail: email@example.com.
Summer In-District Meetings
The CAEAR Coalition is encouraging its members and all EMAs and TGAs to plan in-district summer meetings with their Congressional delegation. These in-district meetings offer a greater potential for increased engagement with your elected official and are an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of the Ryan White Program in your jurisdiction. The FY 2018 Trump Administration Budget eliminates two Part F Programs (AETCs and SPNS), so it will also be important to request that these critical programs be reinstated in the budget. You may want to ask SPNS or AETC program managers to attend the meeting, if you have any of these grants in your jurisdiction.
To help you with your meetings, CAEAR has updated talking points and fact sheets. (See above.) We recommend you prepare packets with these materials, along with fact sheets highlighting HIV/AIDS statistics in your jurisdiction and how the Ryan White Program addresses critical local needs. Details on where you can find local statistics are located below...
If you are not sure how to contact your Representative or Senators, go to: www.house.gov/representatives or www.senate.gov/senators/contact/. If you need additional help with the fact sheets or finding the correct contact information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Data Warehouse to Find Grants in Your Jurisdiction
HIV in the United States by Geographic Distribution
Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2015
Interactive Maps of HIV Rates and Diagnoses, Demographics, and a Map of Local Services