Palm Beach Post (12.15.09) - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Blue Foundation for a
Healthy Florida, a Palm Beach County program that keeps
HIV/AIDS patients on their medications and in regular care
will be able to offset budget reductions that required it to
make some service cuts. The money from the philanthropic
affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is urgently
needed, said Yolette Bonnet, CEO of the county's Comprehensive
AIDS Program (CAP).
"Every once in a while you get a ray of sunshine," Bonnet said
of CAP receiving the foundation grant. "We're grateful and
honored that we got this funding."
However, more help is needed, Bonnet noted. "We still have a
very large gap," she said.
CAP was forced to pare down its client roster last fall after
the Health Care District of Palm Beach County eliminated its
annual grant of $400,000 to the group. "We used to have over
3,000 individuals in case management. It's probably going to
be 2,500 this year," said Bonnet.
The Blue Foundation gave CAP its "award of distinction" for
addressing local health disparities.