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[January 16, 2007]
SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s STAR Health Center has received a five-year Ryan White Title III renewal grant totaling $4,443,580. The grant application received an almost perfect score of 98. Luigi Procopio, HRSA project manager, commented, "Big kudos to you and your staff for an outstanding competing application. A score of 98 is almost unheard of."
SUNY Downstate’s STAR (Special Treatment and Research) Health Center is the ambulatory care site for University of Hospital of Brooklyn's designated AIDS center, as certified by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute. It is funded by Ryan White Title III through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and by University Hospital of Brooklyn.
The strengths of the grant application, as noted in the review summary statement, included: a clear documentation of the impact of the HIV epidemic in Downstate's service area; a thoroughly presented work plan; specific evaluation activities, such as data collection and monthly continuous quality improvement committee meetings; strong consumer involvement; and an innovative program of supportive counseling and family stabilization.