Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders program was designed to provide recognition for the contributions community health leaders make to achieving RWJF's mission and goals and to enhance the capacity of these individuals to have a more permanent and widespread impact on health care problems.The program annually honors 10 individuals who have made significant contributions to improving health and health care in their communities. Each Community Health Leader receives an award in the amount of $125,000. Twenty thousand dollars goes directly to the leader to recognize past accomplishments and $105,000 goes to the leader's organization to support the continuation and enhancement of the leader's work. This project supports Casa Joven Del Caribe, Inc., the organizational home for the 2007 Community Health Leader.The purpose of this project is to improve the quality of life for indigent patients who are living with HIV/AIDS in numerous communities in Puerto Rico. Project staff plans to provide services to approximately 80-90 patients during the project period. Services will include initial patient assessment, prescription dispensing, referrals to other health clinics and facilities, and emergency services. In addition, ancillary services such as food services, utilities payments, and homeless shelter will be coordinated to meet the pressing needs of these patients and stabilize their quality of life. Patients will be transported to health facilities to ensure their access to health services.This grant provides partial support for the project director's salary, office operations, travel, medical equipment and antiviral medicines which will be given to patients. The number of patients being served and several health measures, including their viral load and the number of opportunistic diseases they experience will be tracked as a means of assessing the impact of the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $105,000.00

Awarded on: 1/11/2008

Time frame: 3/1/2008 - 2/28/2010

Grant Number: 63502


Casa Joven del Caribe, Inc.

P.O. Box 694
Dorado, 00646-0694


Alice Ayala Agosto
Project Director