Maine: Down East AIDS Network Gets Grant for Prevention Projects
March 19, 2008
The nonprofit philanthropic MAC AIDS Fund last week awarded a $25,000 grant to the Down East AIDS Network to help support HIV/AIDS services and target prevention information to youths. DEAN has offices in Ellsworth and Machias and was founded in 1987 to provide services to patients in rural Hancock and Washington counties.
"We were delighted to be selected from this round of grants," said George Russell, DEAN's executive director. "It's so much harder to find money for prevention, but that's the key. And the essence of many of our programs is preventative and how people can take steps to avoid new infections." Russell praised the MAC AIDS Fund, noting it had also awarded DEAN a grant a few years ago.
The new grant will be used to support DEAN's HIV/AIDS client work, its Peer Program, and its youth outreach prevention initiatives, Russell said. DEAN offers presentations and information to schools, community groups, residential treatment centers, and jails.
Youths in the state, especially in rural areas, are not getting enough HIV/AIDS education, said Russell. "This is the first time in five or more years that the number of new infections has risen," he said. "Now is definitely the time to be talking about prevention."
Bangor Daily News
3.17.2008; Eric Russell
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.