Ryan White and Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20, 2015
Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The number of HIV/AIDS cases among Native Americans is small but the impact is significant.

The rate of AIDS among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, who represent just 1.7% of the U.S. population, is 30 times higher than whites, as documented in this HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau fact sheet.

History of Care for Native Americans

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has a long history of targeting services to Native Americans and Alaska Natives as part of the program's focus on providing HIV/AIDS care to underserved populations.

The first efforts began in the early 1990s through investigatation of models of care under SPNS, Special Projects of National Significance. In 2004, HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau convened a series of Community Consultation Meetings to assess the impact of HIV/AIDS on various underserved populations. One session examined Access to HIV/AIDS Care Issues for Native Americans.

TA and Training Resources

Over time, a number of resources have been developed to address HIV/AIDS among Native American and Alaska Native populations. Some emerged from early SPNS work as well as from clinical programs that focused on cultural issues related to HIV/AIDS care among this diverse population. Highlights include:

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