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Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

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Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

On Tuesday, April 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a consultation to explore the principles and practices that should be considered as we move forward in our efforts to encourage the development of state HIV/AIDS plans as recommended in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The Strategy’s Federal Implementation Plan directs HHS…

Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts

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Federal Leads NHAS Meeting

On Monday, April 4, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) met to continue our collaborative efforts to implement the Strategy. The primary focus of the meeting was the continued exploration of the impact of homelessness and housing insecurity…

Updating the HOPWA Funding Formula

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David Vos

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to working with our Federal and community partners to ensure the success of the national response to HIV/AIDS articulated in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). In my prior post, I described some of the activities we are undertaking and how community members can engage with…

Youth, Mobile, and Health at Sex::Tech 2011

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Earlier this month, I attended Sex::Tech 2011 in San Francisco, the fourth annual conference on technology, youth, and sexual health. At the conference, I heard from a range of experts – sexual health educators, researchers, technology developers, parents, and of course, youth and young adults. During her welcome presentation on Day 1, Sex::Tech founder Deb…

The Role of Communities in Implementing the Strategy: Perspectives from Florida

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Ronald Valdiserri

In early April, I was privileged to be able to talk to a group of nearly 300 health care providers, lawyers, public health and community leaders about the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The event was the 19th annual “Florida Bioethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions” conference, a day-long meeting hosted by the University of…

Approaching 30 Years of HIV/AIDS in the United States

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Ronald Valdiserri

In less than two months, we will mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of what we now know as AIDS. In June 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a rare form of pneumonia diagnosed in five, previously healthy, gay men from Los Angeles. The report raised concerns that…

New Action Plan to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethinic Health Disparities cover. Has a collage of people across the front and a watermark of the HHS logo

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (PDF 2MB). This document will serve as a road map for eliminating health and health care disparities for racial, ethnic and other underserved communities. Addressing health disparities is a priority for the HIV…

Studying and Promoting LGBT Health

Cover of The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. Building a foundation for better understanding. Institue of Medicine.

Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an important new report about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 276-page report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, is the result of an 18-month study by a panel of experts commissioned by…

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