Ohio Decides to Apply for Federal Funds Aimed at Preventing HIV Among Teenagers
November 13, 2007
Ohio Department of Education officials recently decided to apply for a $1.25 million, five-year grant from CDC intended to prevent the spread of HIV among teenagers, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (Rollenhagen, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/9). The department in late October had said it would not apply for the grant.
According to the Plain Dealer, the education department received about 2,000 e-mails after the announcement that it would not apply for the grant, most of which were from people who wanted the state to apply. Earl Pike -- executive director of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, who promoted an e-mail campaign -- said the decision to not apply "really struck a nerve for a lot of people across the state." Pike added that the task force is "thrilled" the department is "exercising leadership on the issue."
State education officials are working out the details of the application but plan to propose using the grant to create an HIV prevention program within the department, Carruthers said. CDC officials have said there is enough money for every state to receive a grant under the program. The application deadline is Nov. 21 (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/9). If the grant is awarded, Ohio could receive up to $250,000 annually for five years, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Ohio and Utah have been the only states not to apply for the grants in recent years (Candisky, Columbus Dispatch, 11/10).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.