For Immediate Release

Contact Information:

The Community Wellness Project
Dana P. Williams, Executive Director
906 Olive Street – Suite 425
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 421-9600 ph cwp_group@yahoo.com

The Community Wellness Project Awarded $1.75M CDC Grant to Provide High-Impact HIV Prevention Services in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area

St. Louis, Missouri—A new five-year, $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will enable the Community Wellness Project (CWP) to take high-impact HIV/STD testing and prevention into the hardest-hit St. Louis area neighborhoods and communities. The grant is part of the CDC’s $216 million project to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and promote health equity.

African Americans in the bi-state St. Louis area shoulder the greatest HIV disease burden of all racial/ethnic groups and account for the greatest number of new infections, with young Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and Black heterosexual women being the two most impacted sub-population groups.

CWP’s new C.A.S.E.® (Condoms And Sexual Education) project will provide free HIV/STD testing, risk reduction education and supplies, peer navigated linkages to care, prevention, and other support services.

“These funds will allow CWP to continue providing area residents with access to these much needed prevention services,” said Dana Williams, Executive Director. “The fight against HIV/AIDS and effective efforts to reduce new infections will require collaborative leadership and support from government officials, healthcare providers, other HIV service organizations, and especially the citizens of the St. Louis. We need everyone to come together to fight the stigma associated with this disease and end this epidemic once and for ALL.”

About the Community Wellness Project
CWP is a 501C3 not-for-profit health promotion and disease prevention organization with offices in St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois. The agency’s mission is to promote community wellness through the provision of high-impact, evidence-based prevention interventions and public health strategies that effectively address racial and ethnic minority health disparities. For more information about the agency or the C.A.S.E. project please contact Dana Williams at cwp_group@yahoo.com or 314-421-9600.

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