VDH Awards HIV Prevention Grants to Three Organizations

Staff member of the NatIonz Foundation speaks to attendees at Petersburg Pride earlier this month. The Nationz Foundation is one of three recipients of a VDH ASE grant.

Recently, the Virginia Department of Health made four grant awards to agencies in Hampton Roads, Richmond and Northern Virginia for the AIDS Services and Education (ASE) grants program.

The ASE program is designed to provide innovative HIV prevention projects to people who inject drugs (PWID) and transgender persons. Grants were awarded to the following organizations.

  • LGBT Life Center in Norfolk will implement TWEET, an evidence-informed intervention utilizing the Popular Opinion Leader program specifically designed for transgender women of color. Other activities will include outreach, HIV and HCV testing, PrEP, status neutral services navigation, and condom distribution.
  • Nationz Foundation in Richmond will implement their Transcend program for transgender women. This homegrown program consists of the following components: outreach, HIV, HCV, and other STD counseling and testing, PrEP education and navigation, status-neutral service navigation, healing and mindfulness workshops, condom distribution, education on financial literacy, job readiness, and related topics, the T-SISTA group-level intervention, and transgender support groups.
  • NovaSalud in Falls Church received awards for both PWID and Transgender services. They will use Social Network Strategies for HIV and HCV testing. The program will include outreach, PrEP education and assistance services, status neutral service navigation, and condom distribution.

You may learn more about VDH HIV Care Services by clicking on the link below.