Three community health centers in Arkansas recently received grant awards totaling more than $1 million to help improve healthcare and support services for patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Two of those community health centers – East Arkansas Family Health Center and Jefferson Comprehensive Care System – are members of Community Health Centers of Arkansas, the state’s primary care association. Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, which is headquartered in Pine Bluff, received $633,941, while East Arkansas Family Health Center – headquarted in West Memphis – received $284,415 in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services funding.

“The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays an instrumental role in the United States’ public health response to HIV,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a news release. “These grants will ensure that Americans living with HIV/AIDS will have lifesaving access to the care and treatment needed for optimal health outcomes.”

Also according to the news release, the Health Resources and Services Administration oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides a cohesive system of care that includes primary medical care, drug assistance, education and training, and a number of other essential support services. The program reaches over 50 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.

Under Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $186.6 million was awarded across the country to 346 local, community-based organizations to provide core medical and support services to people living with HIV. Additionally, 48 organizations were awarded approximately $4.3 million in Part C Capacity Development grants.

ARcare, another community health center in the state – which has a home office in Augusta – received $274,837.

Click here for a complete list of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Grant Award recipients.

Community Health Centers of Arkansas is a member organization of federally qualified health centers in 53 counties across Arkansas that strives to provide primary care to all Arkansans. To learn more about community health centers in Arkansas and to find one near you, click here.