Despite some uncertainty about its funding from Los Angeles County, a Santa Fe Springs-based organization is moving forward with plans to distribute information about AIDS to the Latino community through three conferences and a poster contest.
John Brown, executive director of Rio Hondo Community Action Network, formerly known as Rio Hondo Drug Counseling Services Inc., said a panel to review AIDS materials, which was a last-minute requirement for funding, has been assembled and needs approval by the federal Centers for Disease Control before the network's $15,000 grant can be funded.
The organization is one of five in Los Angeles County due to receive grants to distribute information about AIDS among Latinos. The grants are administered by the county Department of Health Services for the federal agency. Brown said final approval of the grants by the Board of Supervisors should come in late April. The grant was due for approval in mid-February, but the requirement for a review panel delayed board action.
Brown said that, although funding is likely, the late start will mean a lot of work to review and gather materials in time for the conferences in which Latino community leaders are to receive information packets to distribute in their communities.