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Indian Health Service at the AIDS 2012 Conference

Indian Helath Service

As the Indian Health Service (IHS) prepares to participate in the AIDS 2012  conference later this week, I am reminded of both the mission of the Indian Health Service and the importance of collaboration with our partners within the HIV community. The IHS is fully committed to helping our nation move toward an AIDS- free…

Advancing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Checking-In with Federal and Community Leaders

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On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the cross-government working group supporting and monitoring the implementation of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan—the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group or “VHIG”—met in Washington, DC to share updates on 2014 accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Some of the highlights included: Promising preliminary data from HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…

HHS to Hold Meeting on NHAS Progress

A National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

On Friday, September 20, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a review of HHS progress made during 2012 to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). This event will take place in the Auditorium of the Hubert Humphrey Building, at 200 Independence Avenue SW,…

The Affordable Care Act and American Indians and Alaska Natives

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux

Editor’s Note: Those of us working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. join Dr. Roubideaux and all our partners in Native communities across the country in promoting access to quality health care as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that the estimated 3,194 American Indians and Alaska Natives living with HIV and all…

12 Cities Project Evaluation Highlights Impacts on Coordination of HIV/AIDS Services

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As readers may recall, the 12 Cities Project was undertaken as an element of the HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Operational Plan in “an effort to support comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in 12 communities hit hard by HIV/AIDS”. The project sought to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) by building on…

Working to Address HIV/AIDS in Native American Communities

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

In her statement last week on the observance of National Native American Heritage Month, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius reiterated the Department’s commitment to ensuring the health and well being of all Americans. She highlighted examples of how the Department is working to reduce the health disparities that have burdened American Indians…

Celebrating National Recovery Month and Associated Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

September marks the 23rd annual observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).  Our colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organize Recovery Month as an observance to educate Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable people with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live…