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Christopher Bates

M.P.A., Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Putting the Spotlight on Hepatitis C in the African American Community

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On July 25, 2013, it was my pleasure to join with leaders from the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA ), Inc, the Coalition for Positive Health Empowerment (COPE ), and the Harm Reduction Coalition , in New York City to mark the first annual national observance of African American Hepatitis C Action Day….

Addressing Hepatitis C Disparities in the African American Community

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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…

African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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During this February’s observance of Black History Month, we have observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and heard about efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis disparities among the African American community.  We must also take note of the importance that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy places on addressing HIV/AIDS and its disproportionate impact on African American…

February PACHA Meeting to Focus on Women and Girls

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The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will convene February 28 and 29 in Washington, DC. Among the many items on the agenda for the 45th meeting of the PACHA, two are of particular note: A conversation with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on a variety of issues, including the implementation of…

PACHA Blog: CMS Care Innovations Summit

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator are hosting the first “Care Innovations Summit” in Washington, DC today to “showcase innovative work in care delivery and payment.” The Summit will bring together leading innovators from inside and outside the healthcare industry to encourage and promote knowledge-sharing,…

A Conversation with PACHA Chair Nancy Mahon

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On December 1, 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President of MAC Cosmetics and Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). I sat down with Ms. Mahon for a brief interview after her swearing-in ceremony.

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of the Final Day

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Mary Wakefield addresses USCA

This is the final in our series of daily highlights from the U.S. Conference on AIDS, which wrapped up Sunday in Chicago.  In addition to highlights from the final day’s activities, we also wanted to share a short interview with Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, we captured…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 1

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Secretary Sebelius Addresses USCA

The 15th annual U.S. Conference on AIDS got underway yesterday in Chicago. Over the next four days we’ll be sharing brief daily highlights from the conference focusing particularly on issues related to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Our first post is longer than usual, but with two plenary sessions and numerous day-long sessions, much transpired…