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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Federal Plan Could Cost Illinois AIDS Funding

July 22, 1990
United Press International (07/22/90)

Chicago--Included in the Centers for Disease Control fiscal 1991 budget proposal for AIDS education and prevention is a Senate plan to rely on block grants to states for funding and eliminate grants to local health departments and private agencies. Officials at Illinois AIDS outreach programs said Sunday that this distribution method could harm AIDS programs in the state and would not be as effective as the present system. The new allocation system could cost the state 20 percent of the state's AIDS prevention money, one AIDS official said. "From a public healht standpoint, this grant formula is completely illogical," said Wayne Wiebel, principal investigator of the AIDS Outreach Intervention Project at the University of Illinois. The proposal would allocate money based largely on a state's population rather than targeting areas most in need of prevention efforts, he said.

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