Congressman Cohen Announces $3.5 Million in Department of Health and Human Services Grants

January 25, 2021
Press Release
Funding for HIV in Shelby County, dementia research at UTHSC


MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced more than $3.5 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shelby County will receive $1,538,109 in emergency funding for its Ryan White HIV treatment programs. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive $1,967,005 from the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke for research on dementia.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“These two significant funding grants, announced together by the department today, represent a significant investment in the Memphis community. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program has been successful in preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS and in providing treatment to those in need. This grant funding will help Shelby County provide needed care for those affected by HIV and AIDS and will improve treatment outcomes for patients in Shelby County. It will continue to save lives.

“Research by UTHSC into the causes of dementia will help us understand this devastating cognitive condition and find cures. These are federal dollars wisely spent in Memphis.”

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program reaches approximately 52 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV in the United States.

The grant program is named for Ryan White, an Indiana teenager and hemophiliac who contracted HIV from infected blood. He died in 1990.