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Ryan White HIV Prevention Award

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NEA HIN: Ryan White HIV Prevention Awards

Supporting HIV Prevention

Information About The Award:

In 1990, the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) established a national endowment to honor Ryan White, a student from Indiana whose address to the Representative Assembly in 1988 challenged and moved the delegates and staff of NEA to take greater action against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Ryan was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 and became a pioneer in AIDS education, spending the remaining years of his young life trying to help slow the spread of the disease and reduce prejudice against people living with HIV and AIDS.  The Ryan White Memorial HIV Education Fund was created by former NEA President Keith Geiger to honor Ryan’s courageous struggle with AIDS and tireless efforts to educate his community, teachers, and the American public. 

Funds raised for The Ryan White Memorial HIV Education Fund will be used to equip NEA members with the information, skills, and resources necessary to educate their colleagues and students about HIV/AIDS and to provide a safe and supportive school environment for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent committee and selected based on established award criteria.

For more information contact Cynthia Montague at NEA HIN at 202-822-7570 or by email at

Press Release from the 2012 Ryan White Award Presentation

Link to the 2013 Nomination Form