A Message from the Special Programs Director
Dr. Angela J. Smith
The Special Programs Division is a major provider of HIV prevention and treatment in southeast and central Arkansas through federal funding of Ryan White Part C (Core Medical/Early Intervention Services), Part D (Women, Adolescent, Children and Families), Part F (Delta AIDS Education and Training Center), CDC Healthy Relationship (a behavior intervention), CDC Rapid HIV Testing in Emergency Rooms, Many Men, Many Voices (3MV), a behavior intervention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Cable Positive. Combined these programs are referred to as the Special Programs Division.
In 2008, our division served 419 clients. There were 68 new patients and 33 return to care patients. The gender comprised of 282 (67%) male, 136 (32%) female, and 1 Transgender; 3% (12) self-identified as Hispanic/Latino and 97% (407) identified as Non-Hispanic. Whites comprised 20% of the HIV positive clients served and African American clients comprised of 78%. Overall, 58% of the clients served in 2008 were in the age group 25 to 44 years, followed by 33% in the age range of 45 to 64, 29% in the age range of 13 to 24 years old, and 3% 65 and older.
On behalf of our division, we send our gratitude to our clients who have allowed us to care for them. HIV is no longer a death sentence and with programs such as ours, people suffering from this disease are living longer, healthier lives. Early detection is the key and we hope everyone will get tested regularly and seek treatment if found to be positive.
Angela J. Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES
Special Programs Division Director
Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc.