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ONAP Announces Federal Interagency Members Developing National HIV/AIDS Strategy

On Wednesday, February 24th, from 2:00-3:45pm, the public will have an opportunity to hear more about our progress to date and the process that the interagency working group is following to develop the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as well as meet the members of the interagency working group. The meeting is hosted by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The meeting is not a community discussion, but designed to give the public an opportunity to hear what has already taken place and our next steps in developing the strategy.(See an agenda of the meeting.)

Although the United States has among the worst HIV epidemics among industrialized nations, the US has never adopted a coordinated nationwide response to address the epidemic. President Obama is committed to addressing HIV in the United States and has tasked the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, under the direction of Jeffrey Crowley, to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The President articulated three goals for the strategy:

  1. Reduce the number of new HIV infections (HIV incidence);
  2. Increase access to care for people living with HIV and optimize health outcomes; and
  3. Reduce HIV-related disparities.

The strategy will not be a comprehensive catalog of all of the things we need to respond to the HIV epidemic. Rather, the strategy is an opportunity to identify a small number of high payoff action steps that can shift and improve our nation’s response to HIV/AIDS in order to achieve the President’s goals.

In order to develop the strategy, we first solicited feedback from community partners across the country last August through December. In the second phase of developing the strategy, we completed formation of a federal interagency working group at the beginning of this year. The group includes influential leaders from Departments and Agencies across the US government, and includes subcommittees devoted to each of the President’s three goals for the strategy. HIV and AIDS require a medical response and the Assistant Secretary for Health (Dr. Howard Koh) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) serves on the interagency working group, as well as other crucial HHS employees and representative from HHS agencies. But one thing that has become abundantly clear over the course of the epidemic is that tackling HIV and AIDS requires more than a medical response. That is why the interagency working group also includes members from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration and other government entities. Moreover, ONAP is consulting with key officials at additional Departments and Agencies that could not formally participate on existing interagency committees to address gaps on topics critical to the development of a successful National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

We understand the importance of community feedback. From the beginning, we opened up the strategy development process in an unprecedented manner by holding 14 community discussions across the country, as well as soliciting recommendations from the White House website to hear directly from you. In order to keep the community engaged in the process, we also decided to hold a public meeting with our interagency working group members this week.

As we realize not everyone will be able to attend the February 24th meeting, we will have meeting notes available on AIDS.gov. This is one of many steps taken to ensure the public’s voice is heard throughout this process and we look forward to seeing many of our community partners, as well as other partners during the meeting and hope that you are able to welcome our interagency members in person.

List of Interagency Members by Committee

Overarching Committee

Jeffrey Crowley (committee chair)
White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Gregorio Millett (committee staff lead)
White House Office of National AIDS Policy

James Albino
White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Adelle Simmons
White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Gannet Tseggai
White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Christopher Bates
Department of Health & Human Services

CAPT Chris Bina
Department of Justice

Brian Bond
White House Office of Public Engagement

Judith Chesser
Social Security Administration

Carl Dieffenbach
National Institutes of Health

Barbara Edwards
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Kevin Fenton
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CAPT Scott Giberson
Indian Health Services

Jim Golden
Social Security Administration

Keith Humphreys
Office of National Drug Control Policy

Bob Kocher
National Economic Council

Howard Koh
Department of Health & Human Services

Noelle Lee
Department of Labor

Aaron Lopata
White House Office of Management and Budget

Ann Gavaghan
Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, State Department

Mercedes Marquez
Department of Housing and Urban Development

A. Thomas McLellan
Office of National Drug Control Policy

Jonathan Mermin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Allison Nichol
Department of Justice

John O’Brien
Office of Personnel Management

Deborah Parham-Hopson
Health Resources Services Administration

Angela R. Powell
Health Resources and Services Administration

Christopher Pratt
National Security Council

Thomas Reilly
White House Office of Management and Budget

Tricia Schmitt
White House Office of Management and Budget

Julia Spencer
Department of Health & Human Services

Adam Taylor
White House Office of Cabinet Affairs

Ron Valdiserri
Department of Veterans Affairs

David Vos
Department of Housing and Urban Development

Beverly Watts Davis
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

John Wodatch
Department of Justice

Wendy Wertheimer
NIH Office of AIDS Research

Jack Whitescarver
NIH Office of AIDS Research

HIV Incidence Subcommittee

Gregorio Millett, co-chair
Office of National AIDS Policy

Jonathan Mermin, co-chair
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jeremy Bishop
Department of Labor

Kevin Fenton
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Irene Hall
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Warren Hewitt

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Keith Humphreys
Office of National Drug Control Policy

James Kirk
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Katharine Kripke
National Institutes of Health

Anish Mahajan
Office of Management and Budget

Paolo Miotti
National Institutes of Health

Jacques Normand
National Institutes of Health

Amy Palilonis
Department of Housing and Urban Development

John Redd
Indian Health Services

Naomi Tomoyasu
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Vera Yakovchenko
Department of Health and Human Services

Steven Young
Health Resources and Services Administration

Richard Wolitski
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Access to Care Subcommittee

Adelle Simmons, co-chair
Office of National AIDS Policy

Deborah Parham-Hopson, co-chair
Health Resources and Services Administration

Christopher Bates
Department of Health and Human Services

John Brooks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Victoria Cargill
National Institutes of Health

Cindy Chen
Department of Labor

Lauren Deigh
Department of Housing and Urban Development

Sam Dooley
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Margarita Figueroa-Gonzalez
Health Resources and Services Administration

Terry Friend
Indian Health Service

Heather Huentelman
Indian Health Service

Gary Marks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephen McGraw
Social Security Administration

Douglas Morgan
Health Resources and Services Administration

Angela R. Powell
Health Resources and Services Administration

Peggy Quigg

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Joe Razes
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Dale Stratford
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sylvia Trent-Adams
Health Resources and Services Administration

Ron Valdiserri
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jack Stein
Office of National Drug Control Policy

Kathleen Wolfe

Department of Justice

Disparities Subcommittee

James Albino, co-chair
Office of National AIDS Policy

Beverly Watts Davis, co-chair
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Terri Bramel
Indian Health Service

Karen Braxton
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Gina Brown
National Institutes of Health

Janet Cleveland
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Valerie Darden
Health Services and Resource Administration

Dr. Garth Graham
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

Timothy Harrison
Department of Health and Human Services

Warren Hewitt
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Donna Hubbard McCree
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Val Jordan
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

David Knight
Department of Justice

Amy Lansky
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gabriela D. Lemus
US Department of Labor

Faye Malitz
Health Resources and Services Administration

Allison Nichol
Department of Justice

Dylan Orr
Department of Labor

Amy Palilonis
Department of Housing and Urban Development

Ruth Roman
Health Services and Resource Administration

Gretchen Stiers
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Adam Taylor
Office of Cabinet Affairs at The White House

David Thompson
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Jo Valentine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David Vos
Housing and Urban Development

Lauren Wood
National Institutes of Health

Comments

  1. davidboy says:

    this has been such a long time coming. let’s keep our fingers crossed that they will do what is finally compassionate care for those of us infected. i can only pray that they stop hitting us when we are down.
    much love to all…

  2. I think it’s a good thing the President has announced his initiative I think it repairs the damage done by previous administrations. There’s too much disengagement by the general public in HIV, bordon has set in but to drive more people towards a solution and to reappraise their opinion workshops should be set up to gather public opinion and to educate the masses. I for one feel that would best service the needs of the HIV community.

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