July 9, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Casa Ruby wins $50,000 city grant
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby, gay news, Washington Blade

Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Department of Health last month awarded a $50,000 grant for HIV treatment-related services to Casa Ruby, an LGBT community center with a special outreach to the LGBT Latino and transgender communities.

Michael Kharfen, director of the DOH’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA), said the grant, which could be extended to up to three years, calls on Casa Ruby to provide treatment adherence services to transgender people and African immigrants in an area covering D.C. and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

“They will be working with persons who are living with HIV, helping them be successful in their treatments so that they are adherent to their medications, that they are making their medical visits, and that they are getting other kinds of services that they may need,” Kharfen said.

“We did a competitive request for applications, they applied and they were awarded the grant through that competitive process,” he said.

“This is exciting for us because we are now becoming a partner with the HIV/AIDS administration,” Corado told the Blade. “And I’m very optimistic that this will lead to opportunities for us to do work in our community with prevention, which is something that we really need given the high numbers that have just been reported,” she said.

Corado was referring to the recently released annual D.C. AIDS report, which shows that while the overall number of new HIV infections diagnosed in the city continues to decline the highest number of new infections remains within the category of men who have sex with men (MSM).

 

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

1 Comment
  • Peter Rosenstein

    Congratulations to Casa Ruby and to Ruby Corado who works her heart out helping others. This is a milestone for the organization which is such an important part of the LGBT community in the District of Columbia.

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