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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of University Communications

Contact: Kim Betton, 202-238-2332 or Shelly Siders, 202-238-2336

HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF
THE CIDMAR HIV/AIDS CARE CENTER

 (Washington, DC, May 20, 2005) - Howard University is proud to announce the grand opening of the Center for Infectious Disease Management and Research (CIDMAR).    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, 1:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m. at Howard University Hospital, Towers Building. CIDMAR will provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS primary care and early intervention. “The CIDMAR center will link individuals living with HIV/AIDS, who are not currently receiving care to ongoing, targeted, comprehensive services,” said Dr. Celia Maxwell, Principal Investigator and Director of the Center.

Services provided by CIDMAR will include:

  • On-site patient case management;
  • Counseling and Testing;
  • Specialty Services;
  • Referral services to other community-based organizations. 

African Americans are disproportionately affected by this epidemic in the District of Columbia and as such comprise approximately 75% of cumulative AIDS cases. The percentage of newly diagnosed AIDS cases among all communities of color in DC, including Latino/as and Asian/Pacific Islanders, is rapidly increasing at a steady rate.  CIDMAR will target individuals from these communities of color, with a particular emphasis on reaching African Americans not previously in care.  Other goals for the center include the training of District of Columbia physicians, clinical trials, and data collection for research and publications.  

Dr. Victor Scott, interim vice president for Health Sciences stated, “As a hospital affiliated with historically black colleges and universities, Howard University Hospital has many years of success reaching and providing care to this population.  The new CIDMAR center will enable our researchers, doctors and students to further examine the AIDS crises and help to curtail the problem in the community.”

CIDMAR is funded by a Ryan White Title III Early Intervention Services (EIS) grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) in the amount of $350,000 per year for five years totaling $1,750,000.00.  It will be housed at Howard University Hospital, Towers Building, Suite 5000.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.Ds than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at www.Howard.edu

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