Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)

What Is A Health Disparity?

Despite prevention efforts, some groups of people are affected by HIV/AIDS more than other groups of people. The occurrence of this disease at greater levels among certain population groups more than among others is often referred to as a health disparity. Differences may occur by gender, race or ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location and sexual orientation among others. Social determinants of health like poverty, unequal access to health care, lack of education, stigma, and racism are linked to health disparities.

What Is The Minority Aids Initiative?

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F grants support several research, technical assistance, and access-to-care programs, which includes the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI). MAI was established in 1999 by Congress under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A, B, C, and D to improve access to HIV care and health outcomes for disproportionately affected minority populations, including black populations.

Under Part A, MAI formula grants provide core medical and related support services to improve access and reduce disparities in health outcomes in metropolitan areas hardest hit HIV/AIDS. Under Part B, MAI formula grants fund outreach and education services designed to increase minority access to needed HIV/AIDS medications through Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). Under Part C, MAI funds are used by community health centers and other service providers to improve access to early intervention HIV services. Other examples include technical assistance to expand the capacity of agencies to deliver HIV care to minority populations and training to expand the pool of minority providers in underserved communities.

What Is Nevada Doing To Help?

The Nevada Office of HIV/AIDS is currently developing initiatives targeted among priority populations to reduce the rate of diagnoses and increase connection to providers. You can view our Integrated Plan here  that outlines specific goals for those most affected.

One current initiative is to develop a Faith-Based Intervention Plan to engage and partner with minority churches and houses of worship in Nevada. 76% of African-Americans and 74% of Latinos attend a religious service each month, and Las Vegas is home to over 400 churches in these priority communities (with over 900 churches total).

To this end, we have developed a map with all of Nevada’s congregations and will use this to identify churches in high-need areas willing to partner with each other to end HIV disparities. This tool is available below and will be updated as we refine and move toward implementing our Intervention Plan.

If you have any questions concerning the MAI program, please contact the person(s) below:

Fred Kingman
Program Officer III
(Minority AIDS Initiative Coordinator)
Phone: (775) 684-4074
Email: fkingman@health.nv.gov