Reduce regulatory burdens so RWCs can better fight COVID.
RWC caregivers are specially trained and equipped to ensure that diagnostic tests, vaccines, and treatments for infectious diseases are effectively administered and managed. RWCs have a well-documented history of maximizing resources to educate, support, and treat individuals with HIV/AIDS. In addition to their long history of treating individuals with a potentially deadly infectious disease, RWCs are experienced in combatting misinformation about a stigmatizing condition and advising the public on strategies to reduce disease transmission. RWCs are very often at the forefront of spearheading community health efforts and can leverage existing partnerships with state, local, and other nonprofit organizations to provide the support that is needed to fight COVID-19 and administer vaccines. The Administration and states should be more actively partnering with our clinics to fight COVID-19. Further, HRSA’s restrictive policies on the use of program income prevent RWCs from fully deploying their valuable expertise and resources to meet the complex demands of the current COVID-19 pandemic and any future pandemics. We ask that the Administration waive restrictions on program income during declared public health emergencies so that RWCs can assist in preventing the spread of infectious diseases to individuals who do not have HIV/AIDS.
JOIN US IN THE FIGHT TO FULLY ENGAGE RYAN WHITE CLINICS TO FIGHT COVID.