On August 2, 2019, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan, joined Indiana state and local health officials at Damien Center in Indianapolis, Indiana for a tour of the center, including the Damien Cares Clinic, and a roundtable discussion focused on the work being done in Indiana to provide treatment and prevention services for those living with HIV.
Damien Center is Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization and serves more than 4,000 individuals each year. During the tour, Damien Center President and CEO Alan Witchey discussed the medical and case-management services that Damien Center provides for clients, including housing assistance, walk-in testing, an in-house pharmacy, and the treatment clinic.
Secretary Azar and Administration officials commended the important work that Damien Center is doing to help end the HIV epidemic in Indiana. Dr. Redfield acknowledged that Damien Center is one of the most impressive HIV/AIDS organizations that he has visited. Secretary Azar also emphasized the importance of learning lessons from local communities and noted that the country could benefit by scaling Damien Center’s services to a national level.
Damien Cares Clinic is a member of RWC-340B. Congratulations to the entire team at Damien Center for communicating so well to Administration officials about the important work that you are doing for HIV patients!
To learn more about Damien Center and the services Damien Cares Clinic provides, please visit http://www.damien.org/ or contact Veronica Onofrey, Director of Grant Management and Quality Improvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.