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Addressing Hepatitis C Disparities in the African American Community

chrisbates

As we celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American community. African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population, according to the CDC. While African Americans represent only…

In Memoriam: C. Everett Koop

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Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

The public health world, especially those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS arena, mourn the passing of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Surgeon General Koop was an inspirational public health leader and a voice for frank and open conversation about HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was shrouded in fear and misinformation….

mHealth for Youth, via Google Hangout on Air

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ISIS Google Hangout

In today’s blog post, we provide an overview of Google+ Hangouts on Air and then dive into an example by looking at last week’s “mHealth for Youth: Text Messaging Beyond the Basics” Hangout sponsored by ISIS. First things first: What is a Hangout on Air? Google Hangout On Air is a fast, free, and simple…

Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care

Digital Health 2013

On Friday, March 22, 2013, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the New York Academy of Sciences, will present a one-day conference Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care to discuss emerging digital tools and strategies and their impact on health care, particularly related to HIV/AIDS…

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Announcement for Rapid Hepatitis C Screening in Drug Treatment Programs

Ronald Valdiserri

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announced a new $1 million funding opportunity that supports rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and referral to care in non profit opioid treatment programs (OTPs)—programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  Designed to address the…

Monday White House Live Stream Townhall: The Affordable Care Act and the African American Community

White House

On Monday, February 25, 2013 the White House will hold a Townhall discussion, “Looking Ahead to 2014: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits the African American Community.”  The event will begin at 9:00 am with opening remarks, followed by two panel discussions and one break out session. It will be livestreamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live and www.hhs.gov/live….

CROI Begins March 3 in Atlanta and Online

CROI 2013

The 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI ) begins in just over a week in Atlanta, Georgia. This annual scientific meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications provides a vital forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic. At CROI,…

Social Networking in 2012

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Pew SNS Age Over Time

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is an increasingly valuable resource to our work at AIDS.gov. Pew has been conducting surveys related to social media since 2005. Last week, Pew released data on the demographics of social network users , including gender, race, age, education, income, and urbanity. Social networks surveyed include Pinterest, Instagram,…