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Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Released

Dr. Koh

Today we are pleased to release an updated version of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-governmental action plan to combat chronic viral hepatitis, initially launched in 2011. The Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016) [PDF 2,068KB] builds upon the substantial progress accomplished over the past three years by agencies and offices across the…

New Federal Actions Aim to Improve Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum: World AIDS Day Update

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One of the recurring themes of the World AIDS Day observance held earlier this month was the vital role of partnerships in our domestic and global response to HIV/AIDS. Collaborations between researchers, funders, pharmaceutical companies, people at risk for and living with HIV, community leaders, service providers, and other key partners create tools for HIV…

Update: Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh on Faith Communities and World AIDS Day

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor’s Note: The following article comes from the November 15th, 2013 edition of The Partnership Center Newsletter, a publication by the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  On December 1, 2013, we will mark the 25th observance of World AIDS Day. It offers us an opportunity to honor the past, plan for the future…

May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Dr. Howard Koh

As we celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month and the many accomplishments of AAPIs, we also want to recognize that these communities still face many barriers to health and health care, including HIV/AIDS. To recognize these challenges, May 19th has been designated as the National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day….

Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Looks Toward Future

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

This month marks the second anniversary of Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis – and over the past two years, with your support, we have been able to achieve: Improved federal coordination and collaboration – The Action Plan has fostered enhanced engagement and…

Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day

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Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude for what matters in our lives. In that spirit, Thanksgiving also marks the lead-up to World AIDS Day (December 1). World AIDS Day prompts us to reflect on how far we’ve come in responding to HIV and to cherish the contributions of so many who are working to create…

AIDS 2012: Listening, Learning and Working Together to Help Turn the Tide

Dr. Howard Koh

This week, many in the HIV community are finalizing plans for participation in AIDS 2012 — be it in person, via webcast, or via social media. I feel honored to join my federal colleagues to prepare for the U.S. government’s presence at this historic meeting. The current wave of activities reminds me of the preparation…

A Day to Act on HIV and Viral Hepatitis in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community

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Tomorrow (May 19) our Nation marks the eighth annual National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the first–ever National Hepatitis Testing Day. Both observances represent “calls to action” for the country and hold special meaning for me. As an Asian American physician, I have cared for many individuals living with HIV and/or hepatitis….

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