Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

August 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 1, 2007–September 2, 2009


As of March 2005, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimated that more than 95,000 residents of New York City had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

An additional 25% of people who were infected were unaware of their status because they had not been tested. In July 2005, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) responded to this gap in testing by implementing an HIV Testing Expansion Initiative in 17 facilities. The goals of the Initiative were to integrate HIV testing into non HIV-related visits to three care settings—inpatient, outpatient, and emergency departments. In November 2006, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) awarded HHC a grant to evaluate the Initiative.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Received a comprehensive report from evaluators on HHC outcomes.
  • Reported an increase in the number of patients tested.
  • Reported an expansion of use of rapid testing methods and a decrease in use of conventional testing methods during the first year.
  • Observed an increase in the monthly rate of testing among all three care settings.
  • Received conclusions and recommendations for further HIV testing from evaluators.