HHS and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Dr. Ron Valdiserri

Dr. Ron Valdiserri, HHS

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where is housed, has specific responsibilities for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The Strategy is intended to be a roadmap plan for responding more effectively to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. NHAS identifies a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes—and the NHAS Implementation Plan (PDF 723 KB) assigns specific implementation responsibilities to Federal agencies and Departments.

The HHS leaders who will oversee the Department’s NHAS responsibilities are Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and his designated lead, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infectious Diseases. In addition, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), which reports directly to the HHS Secretary, has a significant role in monitoring and evaluating the NHAS.*

The Implementation plan assigns HHS the following tasks:

  • Coordinating operational and programmatic activities for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy within HHS
  • Coordinating HIV/AIDS programs with other Departments
  • Tracking Federal programs implemented in each State or territory and working with States to ensure Federal HIV/AIDS activities are coordinated with State HIV/AIDS plans
  • Establishing regular cross-Departmental meetings to coordinate program planning and administration of HIV/AIDS-related programs and activities
  • Submitting a report with detailed operational plans for achieving the NHAS goals to the Office of National AIDS Policy and the Office of Management and Budget

As Dr. Koh’s designee, Dr. Valdiserri will also be responsible for “forging collaborations across HHS and with other Federal departments and coordinating Federal efforts with States.”

Dr. Valdiserri has had a long career as a public health physician working on HIV prevention, treatment, and research. Before assuming his position as Deputy ASH, he served as the Deputy Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention and as Chief Consultant, Public Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards.

You will be hearing periodically from Dr. Valdiserri here at He will be producing blog posts and podcasts about his role in the implementation of the Strategy and about HHS’ progress toward the NHAS goals of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

But remember—the success of the Strategy is not just a Federal responsibility. Both Dr. Koh and Dr. Valdiserri are committed to fulfilling our NHAS responsibilities–and doing so in collaboration with our partners both in and out of government. As Dr. Valdiserri notes: “We all have a role to play, and eliminating HIV will require commitment from all parts of society.” He looks forward to a continuing conversation with you and to working together to meet the NHAS goals!

*We will be blogging more on PACHA’s roles and responsibilities for the NHAS. Stay tuned!


  1. Betty Blackmore-Gee says:

    Hello, My name is Betty Blackmore-Gee, Executive Director of a new program called Imani Professional Advocacy and Support Services (IPASS). We are located in Contra Costa County in Richmond, CA, where HIV and AIDS is at epidemic level.
    Our program will be a Day care and Resource Center and will provide breakfast and lunches, Monday thru Friday. We will provide Benefits Advocacy, Support groups and Believe In Your Dreams Workshops where we will invite motivational speakers to come and share as well as have Art As Therapy programs, and we will also help with housing issues. We have big dreams and goals. Our focus will be to on how to get rid of the stigma of living with HIV and AIDS. I believe that it all starts within and building higher self esteem and helping them to fulfill their potential of their dreams and goals since they are living longer.
    I have already submitted my paperwork for the 501c3 which takes a long time, but I am anxious to get started.
    If anyone can give me any resources on capacity building and start training my staff on benefits advocacy and other HIV/ADS training, it would be greatly appreciated.
    I have a team of people with loving and compassionate hearts and we are so ready to help make a difference in this work.
    Thank you so much.
    Betty Blackmore-Gee
    phone: 510-776-7631

  2. I think that your strategies are very helpful and would help people who have been injected by HIV/AIDS. I am very sure that people who read this bolg are very happy with it. I know I would be if I had aids. Well once again thank you for your blog and have a wonderful day.

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  3. I think Betty Blackmore-Gee’s progam is very heplful and supporting for those who think life cant’t go on because of HIV and AIDS. People who have AIDS/HIV should go to her progam so they won’t give up on life.If I had AIDS/HIV yes i would be miserable but i would live my life even if it was a short oeriod of time!

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