by Timothy Flanigan, MD, director of the Samuel and Esther Chester Immunology Center at The Miriam Hospital
I am very pleased to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has selected me for an award in the Community Health Leadership Program. This is a wonderful program in which they select ten individuals around the country each year for leadership in the area of health in our communities. Happily, this award also comes with $95,000 which can be spent over three years for the programs of our choice.
I was granted this award primarily due to our work at the Immunology Center linking comprehensive care for HIV infected men and women who are leaving prison and for our work with RISE and STARKIDS which support the children of incarcerated mothers in inner-city small, effective non-public schools with the help of a sponsor.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight our work at the Immunology Center with HIV+ persons. One of the goals of this program is to allow dissemination of information in our community about model programs that address acute health needs. The Immunology Center is a model program in which we are able to provide comprehensive care for HIV infected men and women irrespective of insurance or ability to pay.