Ryan White Part A Program
Duval County has a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS than the state average. HIV/AIDS
is most prominent in the city’s urban core, which has the highest age-adjusted death
rate due to HIV/AIDS with 42.4 deaths per 100,000.
Implemented in March 1999, the Ryan White Part A Program provides comprehensive
medical assessment and coordinates treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS who
access UF Health Jacksonville’s Emergency Department. The focus is to navigate, educate
and decrease the large volume of patients living in Jacksonville who are using the
ED for primary medical care and provide linkage into medical clinics that specialize
A comprehensive needs assessment is conducted with each patient, providing referrals
to other medical specialty care, psychosocial and economic services, and coordination
of numerous community agencies/resources based on individual needs. The staff also
provides education, counseling and spiritual support. The staff is constantly in
the community at large, stressing HIV prevention and providing critical education
The program has had a significant impact in decreasing the number of HIV/AIDS patients
using the ED as primary care and getting them into Ryan White clinics with collaborative
follow-up efforts of Ryan White community case management agencies. Program services
have expanded due to the increase in the number of new HIV cases and patients seeking
care late in the disease process.
- 2007 - 871 new patients seen in the ED and/or inpatient settings,
72 percent remain in care
- 2008 - 816 new patients seen in the ED and/or inpatient setting,
75 percent remain in care
- 2009 - 739 new patients seen in the ED and/or inpatient setting,
65 percent remain in care
In 2009, the program reached more than 2,560 people in the community.
As the epidemic in Jacksonville and surrounding counties continues to rise, our
goal is to remain at the forefront, encouraging communities to "Know Your HIV Status.
Get Tested." The earlier one gets into care, the better the health outcome. To promote
health, wellness and quality of life, staff continues to offer free screenings and
testing as an outreach initiative by facilitating conferences and workshops at schools,
colleges, churches, community centers and across the airwaves.