He had only been on the job for a week, but when Mr. Douglas Brooks stopped by HHS last week to attend the launch of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, we sat down with him for a brief conversation. President Obama appointed Mr. Brooks to serve as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) on March 24.
Mr. Brooks, a former member of PACHA, most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. His background includes directly managing numerous projects supported by federal HIV resources, including projects for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, a HRSA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS), and a HOPWA SPNS.
Watch our brief conversations below and hear what he is looking forward to doing in his new role and a bit about his background and what brought him to work in this field.