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Ryan White and ADAP

In 1984, Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13. Ryan and his family worked tirelessly to combat the discrimination and fear surrounding HIV and AIDS. His struggles to continue attending public school and access needed services made national headlines. Today, Congress continues to fund care and treatment services for people living with HIV through the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. First passed in 1990, the purpose of this legislation is to improve the quality and availability of medical care for people with HIV/AIDS and their affected families. Part of this legislation funds the Oregon AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP) or CAREAssist. CAREAssist helps people living with HIV or AIDS pay for medication and other medical care expenses.

More information about Ryan White and the AIDS Drugs Assistance Program is available on the Health Resources and Services Administration website.

Tobacco Cessation

Program Design & Evaluation Services, a research and evaluation unit within the Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Public Health Division, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2011-2013 to conduct a study about this issue. The purpose of the study was to learn more about current HIV medical provider and HIV case manager knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding tobacco cessation and to describe client-level, provider-level, and system-level barriers related to smoking cessation in order to inform interventions.

PDF iconExecutive Summary

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In 2013, CAREAssist contracted with Program Design and Evaluation Services to conduct a survey of CAREAssist clients to assess client satisfaction and quality of life.

PDF iconRead the 2013 CAREAssist Client Survey Results

CAREAssist Policies & Procedures

CAREAssist Policies and Procedures

If you have questions related to CAREAssist policy, please call the program at 971-673-0144 or send email to

CAREAssist Advisory Group

The CAREAssist Advisory Group is the planning and advisory committee for CAREAssist. The purpose of the group is to provide input and direction to the program related to program design and implementation. Meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Please contact Annick Benson-Scott 971-673-0144 for more information about the CAREAssist Advisory committee.

2016 Meeting Schedule

December 14, 2016

2015 Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2015

April 15, 2015

June 17, 2015

September 23, 2015

December 16, 2015

CAREAssist Oregon Administrative Rule



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