York county churches donate $36,000 to community health center for AIDS testing and support.
YORK COUNTY, PA (WPMT) Family First Health has received a $36,932.74 donation from the York County Council of Churches, directed toward AIDS testing and program support.
As federally qualified community health center, Family First Health provides a wide range of HIV-related services in York County to people who are HIV positive, to patients of Family First Health, and to others in the community.
People who are HIV positive receive services through Caring Together, a collaboration between Family First Health and WellSpan Health system that provides a single point of contact for easy access to services, coordinated care to maximize effectiveness and minimize duplication of services, and a comprehensive quality improvement program to ensure high-quality care.
Knowing one’s HIV status is important; early diagnosis of HIV produces better long-term medical outcomes, and people who are actively being treated for HIV are less likely to transmit it to others. In fiscal year 2014, 592 tests were completed in outreach testing and walk-in testing at Family First Health. Between July and September 2014, staff performed 104 outreach HIV tests.
“As sustained funding for HIV services has become more challenging, this contribution from the York County Council of Churches will enable Family First Health to continue to offer universal testing to patients and community members, placing much-needed emphasis on the importance of knowing your HIV status and preventing the incidence of infection,” said Courtney Lewis, director of development at Family First Health.