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FFHC Awarded by HHS

Foremost Family Health Centers Awarded Major Grant from Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV and AIDS continue to impact the most vulnerable in our Nation.

According to research by Emory University–Rollins School of Public Health, Texas has the fourth highest number of residents living with HIV (95,000), surpassed only by Florida, California, and New York. Xavier Becerra, Secretary of HHS, selected three Texas based Federally Health Qualified Centers to share nearly $1M to help reduce HIV and AIDS through preventative services.

Foremost Family Centers is honored to be part of the select group.

The funding  is part of HHS’ Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90 percent by 2030.


Statements from Our CEO, Joyce E. Tapley

Full CEO Statement on Grant from United States Department of Health and Human

“Health centers who receive this funding will leverage it to expand access to medication to prevent HIV (including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP and related services), connect people to care, and ensure care services are well coordinated. They also will leverage it to strengthen partnerships with community organizations such as HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-funded organizations and health departments. Stronger partnerships speed up patients’ connections to prevention services, including testing and PrEP.”

As CEO at Foremost, I realize there are challenges ahead —but we aren’t interested in being bystanders as another crisis potentially emerges….a preventable one, I might add. Another disturbing metric,—according to United Nations research ….. women are infected disproportionately and their access to care needs to be addressed as a priority as well.

As leaders of healthcare organizations that treat vulnerable individuals,, our challenge is to implement the best methods to increase HIV treatment, awareness and prevention.

We are shaping an approach that is empathetic, compelling, and helpful. Toward that end, we’re partnering with filmmaker Lindell Singleton to develop a content strategy that cuts through all the barriers to awareness and reaches the audience that needs it.   That strategy will include working with local content creators and influencers to reach a multi-ethnic audience.

I can assure you our team at Foremost will be doing our part to support Secretary Becerra’s vision to reduce new infections by 90% by 2030. Part of this is making a good case that we genuinely and fully care about the people in our community.