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HRSA Cuts $1.7 Million Funding for Brooklyn Clinics Serving HIV-Positive Women and Kids

October 31, 2012

Recently, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) turned down a $1.7 million grant renewal for the Family, Adolescent and Children's Experience (FACES), a program that serves HIV-positive women, infants, children and youth all across Brooklyn.

The FACES program, a network of seven clinics, served 1,175 HIV-positive patients last year, all of whom could suffer as a result of this drastic loss of funding. Meanwhile, more than 20 staff members, including doctors and case managers, have already been laid off.

As to the reasoning behind the funding cut, program director Jeffrey Birnbaum, M.D., M.P.H., was informed by HRSA that Kings County Hospital and the FACES Network were in a "head-to-head" competition as the single grantee for Brooklyn.

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Comment by: Douglas Collins (Manhattan, NY) Thu., Nov. 1, 2012 at 11:13 am EDT
I've got to look into this. How is Brooklyn's HIV/AIDS related funding separate from that of NYC as a whole? I successfully advocated for the restoration of HIV/AIDS funding the past 2 years. Is the article referring to specific programs not covered by the city budget?
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