June 28, 2013
On June 27, Fenway Health and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts announced that both of their boards had approved the formation of a "strategic partnership" of the two organizations. They will join to improve care and bolster the stability of services for people with HIV/AIDS. This is especially important since HIV/AIDS patients are living longer, but federal and state support has diminished. AIDS Action President Rebecca Haag noted that her organization's infrastructure is at a "breaking point," because state funding for AIDS services has decreased by 38 percent, while Massachusetts' number of HIV-infected people has increased by 44 percent.
Fenway Health and AIDS Action will unite to become one corporate structure; however, each will retain its nonprofit status, mission, name, and separate offices. AIDS Action board members will take on an advisory role, while Fenway's board will handle financial responsibility for the new entity. Haag will continue as chief executive of AIDS Action; Dr. Stephen Boswell, Fenway's president and chief executive, will lead the newly merged organization. Boswell emphasized the positive effect this will have, as the new organization will streamline services by combining forces, such as sharing administrative functions and information technology services.
AIDS Action has helped HIV patients find transportation, housing, and other community services, and now will be able to use its expertise to connect patients to Fenway's medical care. Fenway, a well-known community health center, serves a variety of Boston residents. By joining forces, the two organizations will be able to serve thousands of people. AIDS action currently operates with a $13 million budget and serves approximately 6,800 clients; Fenway Health's annual operating budget is $64 million, and it treats approximately 22,000 patients.