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US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration authorizes

the City of Newark to serve as the Grantee for the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area;

Federally-mandated board will focus on health care and treatment services for people living with

or affected by HIV/AIDS in Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties

Newark, NJ -  - Mayor Cory A. Booker, Child and Family Well-Being Director Maria E. Vizcarrondo, and other dignitaries swore in the 31 members of the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area Health Services Planning Council at a Municipal Council Chamber ceremony, in City Hall, this afternoon.

This 31-member council, mandated by the federal government and the Ryan White Act of 1990, will plan for the development, implementation, and continual improvement of the health care and treatment services for People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS who reside in the five New Jersey counties of Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and Warren. Planning Council. Sub-committee meetings are held monthly at their North Ward office, located on 315 North 6th Street.

“Newark is committed to the members of the community suffering from HIV/AIDS,” said Mayor Cory A. Booker. “With the swearing-in of this Council, residents of this City are continuing to help the sick and marginalized in society. The Newark community manifests the power and strength that results when individuals come together for a greater good.”

The Council’s membership is structured to ensure adequate representation of the five counties of the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area, which includes infected and affected populations, consumers of Ryan White services, care providers, state and federal agencies, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people living with HIV, non-elected community leaders, and representatives from other Ryan White Parts. Membership is reflective in its composition to the demographics of the people infected by HIV and AIDS in the Newark EMA.

“The activities and deliberations of the Planning Council are structured to accomplish its mission in collaboration with the City of Newark. Through the Department of Child and Family Well-Being, the City is represented on both the Planning Council and the Executive Committee of the Planning Council,” Director Vizcarrondo said. “By working together, both the Council and the City of Newark, as the Grantee, will strive to provide quality services for people living with HIV and AIDS in the Newark EMA.”

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration authorizes the City of Newark to serve as the Grantee for the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area because Newark are the most impacted and Newark provide the largest array of outpatient, ambulatory, and social services. The Mayor of the City is the Chief Elected Official (CEO) for the Newark EMA and designates day-to-day management of the grant to the Department of Child and Family Well-Being’s Ryan White Unit. The Ryan White Grant Program, which serves Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex and Warren Counties, provides care to an average of 6,500 People Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) each year, which is about 51 percent of the EMA’s infected population (13,218 as of December 31, 2008). Close to half of the EMA’s PLWHA (46 percent) reside and receive HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the City of Newark.

The Newark EMA’s Planning Council is the planning body for the Ryan White Grant Program. They plan and set priorities for the allocation of Ryan White funds by conducting a needs assessments of the population, developing a comprehensive health plan, and making final recommendations regarding the coordination of services in order to fill gaps in care. In return, the Grantee uses the recommendations of the Council to distribute funds and administer the program.

Dwight E. Peavy, Executive Director, Newark EMA Health Service Planning Council, stated: “The mission of the Newark EMA Health Service Planning Council is to develop and implement the continuum of care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Newark Planning Council serves as a model around the country for getting HIV/AIDS services to the people who need it the most. Through the trust and investment of the City of Newark, this community will enable us to stand as the epicenter for providing support for people with HIV/AIDS.”

Planning Council members are selected and approved by Mayor Booker and serve at his will. They comprise of service providers, consumers, advocates, and administrators of HIV policies and procedures. Committee membership and regional representation reflects HIV prevalence within the Newark EMA, which is 86 percent minority.

Maria Irizarry, Vice-Chair of the Newark EMA Health Services Planning Council, said: “This program is the result of what can happen when a community, city government, and public health administrators come together to serve the sick in society. The Planning Council represents community input and brings needed services to light in Newark’s government. The City of Newark has supported our efforts in growing our program to serve as an excellent example of a model program for public health.”

Newark is one of a few municipalities nationwide that provides uninsured City residents access to affordable, quality healthcare. Extensive services include but are not limited to pediatric care, an adult medical practice, communicable disease control and prevention, a dental clinic, a LEAD prevention program that provides a continuum of care including inspections, abatements, case management and interim housing, health care for the homeless, and a WIC program. These services are largely supported by local, state and federal funding including philanthropic organizations, such as the world-renowned Kresge Foundation, which has contributed $1.5 million in funding to support the City of Newark’s ‘Getting the Lead Out’ initiative.

For more information about all City of Newark programs and policies, contact the City’s Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.


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With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival.  In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is going down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission:  to set a national standard for urban transformation.

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        Name                            Representing and community
Borys Abulevsko         Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Elizabeth

Janice Adams-Jarrells           Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Newark

Ketlen Alsbrook         City of Newark Department of Child and Family Well-Being Ryan White Unit

Robert Armstrong                Non-elected community leader, Morristown

Cuthbert Ashby          North Jersey AIDS Alliance, Newark

Wali Bradley                    Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Irvington

James Carrington                Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Newark

Brenda Christian                UMDNJ CCOE Division of AIDS Education, Newark

Kendall Clark                   Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Newark

Javon Daniels                   Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, East Orange

Franckel Denize         Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, East Orange

Deloris Dockrey         Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, Social Service Provider, New Brunswick

Michael Folger                  Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Newark

Michel Graham-Anderson  St. Michael’s Medical Center Peter Ho Clinic, Newark

Carmine Grasso          New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services     Division of HIV/AIDS Services

Brenda Haggard          Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Orange

Maria D. Irizarry               Catholic Health and Human Services, Newark

Dr. Robert L. Johnson           UMDNJ - Office of the Dean, Newark

Dr. Glenda Kirkland             Isaiah House, Social service provider, East Orange

Jason-Cristofe Marcello Representing AIDS service organizations, Belleville

Shanon Mettlen                  Union County Department of Human Services, Elizabeth

Patricia Moore                  Non-elected community leader, West Orange

Elena M. Perez                  Non-elected community leader, Newark

Julio (Angel) Reyes             Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Newark

Kelley Rooney                   Catholic Charities, East Cranford

Diane Sibernagel                Hope House, Dover

Dr. Stephen Smith               St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark

Walter Tanks                    Representing formerly incarcerated people living with HIV/AIDS, Irvington

William Wheeler, Jr.            Affected communities, including individuals with HIV or AIDS, Union

Bryn N. Whittle, Esq.           CBOs serving affected populations, East Orange


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