Dr. Suzanne Dandoy, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, who applauded passage of the AIDS research bill, hopes it will provide essential money for AIDS education programs already underway in Utah.
It will do exactly that.In general, the bill allocates:
$120 million for the Centers for Disease Control to develop public information program.
$150 million to the states to inform their citizens about various activities that may put them at risk of becoming infected.
$100 million grant program to states to pay for the training of community-based providers, outreach coordination of services and home health care services.
A staff member of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee said Utah will receive $475,000. Of that amount, $300,000 will be used for education and $175,000 for direct and indirect services. The state can also request grant money for additional programs, including ones specifically geared to the state's Indian population.
"Without having seen the specific language in the bill, we generally feel very good about it," Dandoy said. "The bill should permit us to expand service in the state, both for the general population as well as for high risk groups."
Dandoy said the Department of Health has been negotiating this week with the Centers for Disease Control "with respect to an application we made for $660,000. The money would be used primarily for surveillance to determine how many people in Utah are affected and for education efforts.
"The Centers appear to like our proposal and will be willing to fund most of it," she said. "Perhaps this new legislation will provide us with even more funding."
Dandoy added, "We would hope that any additional funds from the Hatch-Kennedy bill will help us give us even more dollars to local health departments to assist with AIDS control."
More than 110 Utahns have contracted the deadly disease, that has afflicted more than 58,000 people in the United States.