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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 

Key Updates from the Fall 2011 PACHA Meeting

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PACHA Meeting 9/29/11

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened for a meeting on September 29 and 30, 2011, in Washington, DC. The Council heard from both members of PACHA subcommittees and external presenters. Highlights of some of those sessions include: White House Update Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), opened…

Black Doctors Pursuing National HIV/AIDS Strategy Goals

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Mr. Christopher Bates

Recently, I had the opportunity to address more than 80 African American physicians gathered at an HIV/AIDS Symposium for Primary Care during the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual convention here in Washington, DC. My remarks addressed the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and what black physicians can do to help the nation achieve the Strategy’s important…

HHS Announces New Action Plan to Prevent, Care, and Treat Viral Hepatitis

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

Today, May 12, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Combating the Silent Epidemic: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (read the full “Action Plan” here, PDF 672KB). At 1 pm EST today, HHS officials and community representatives will meet in Washington…

Perspectives from Missouri

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Christopher Bates

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend time in Missouri speaking with audiences about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and learning about what they are doing to support implementation of the Strategy locally. As in other communities across the country, the folks I spoke to in Kansas City and Jefferson City are eager…

Multiple Community Partners Collaborate to Address HIV/AIDS Among Women in the Pacific Northwest

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Later this month I will have the honor of speaking to a regional training conference about women of color and HIV/AIDS for health professionals from the Pacific Northwest. This training is just one of many important local, state, and regional community mobilizations aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that are unfolding across the country. Like…

Honoring Dr. Mark Colomb’s Contribution to the Response to HIV

Dr. Mark Colomb

This week we lost another leader in the HIV community. Dr. Mark Colomb (1963-2011) was passionately committed to Mississippi and other southern communities; and he focused on responding to the needs of Black men who have sex with men. Dr. Colomb participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) consultation which resulted in the…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Key Issue at January PACHA Meeting

Conversations with AIDS.gov: Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Meeting. January 27 and 28, 2011

Much of the recent meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) focused on implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Strategy asks PACHA to provide, on an ongoing basis, recommendations on how to effectively implement the Strategy, as well as establish a mechanism to monitor the Strategy’s implementation. Last week, Council members heard updates…

U.S. to Remove HIV “Entry Ban”

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It has been an important few weeks for those of us in the HIV community—we just wrapped up the U.S. Conference on AIDS, President Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, and, as you may have heard, on Monday the U.S. took the next step in removing HIV from the list…

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