ALAMEDA COUNTY: Receives Grant to Tackle AIDS
State Rep. Barbara Lee (D) announced that the Alameda County Public Health Department is the recipient of a $285,000 federal grant that will be used to provide care and treatment for high-risk AIDS patients, especially those who are in prison, the Oakland Tribune reports. Lee said the grant comes in response to the county's declaration that AIDS is a public health emergency. She said, "Thanks to the awareness campaign of the Congressional Black Caucus and the financial commitment by (the department of) Health and Human Services, Alameda's Public Health Department is starting to make a difference among groups most at risk." In Alameda County, African Americans constitute more than half of new AIDS cases, while they make up only 17% of the population (1/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.