A local county health department is getting some financial help thanks to the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The two agencies revealed that 11 county health departments will receive grants to fund HIV/AIDS research, treatment and prevention programs across the state of Illinois. The grants are made possible through the sale of the Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket, which launched this week.
The McLean County Health Department, which is one of the recipients, will receive a $50,000 grant to provide HIV testing, counseling and education on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to those at highest risk for contracting HIV, including community members who are uninsured and/or without access to health care.
“We appreciate Red Ribbon Cash lottery game for the additional revenue it provides us to help further our HIV/AIDS education, treatment and prevention efforts in McLean County and for the awareness it raises about HIV/AIDS statewide,” says Melissa Graven, a Supervisor at McLean County Health Department.
Over the last decade, Red Ribbon Cash has raised nearly $8 million to help fight HIV/AIDS. 100% of proceeds are awarded directly to grant recipients each year. The grants are administered by IDPH and the Quality of Life Board.