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

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

Raising Awareness of Hepatitis B In the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

Dr. Howard Koh

This month we are observing both Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Hepatitis Awareness Month. The dual observances are an important opportunity to bring attention to the disproportionate burden of viral hepatitis among the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States and to renew our commitment and call to action to…

Looking Ahead to 2012

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Dr. Howard Koh

As 2011 draws to a close and we look ahead with anticipation to the New Year, I want to honor the members of the HIV/AIDS community for their passion in advancing toward our goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. Through our collective commitment to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Action Plan for…

A Remarkable Day: The Beginning of the End of AIDS

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Dr. Koh

Optimism. Passion. Poignancy. Excitement.  Last week’s World AIDS Day observances generated these emotions worldwide. Thirty years ago, when the first federal first reports of AIDS emerged, none of the new media tools we use today were available. Since then, so much has changed to inform people about HIV and AIDS. Within the Office of the…

Improving Health Disparities Data for a Healthier Nation

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This year we have achieved important milestones in our commitments to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities, including the release of Healthy People 2020 and the National Prevention Strategy, as well as the launch of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. On Monday, we achieved yet another milestone, by implementing…

Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Launch

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

Since President Obama released the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (the “Strategy”) last July, 2010, I have had the privilege of helping to guide its implementation as well as coordinate the many integrated federal activities involved in reaching these ambitious goals. On this first anniversary, we can celebrate considerable strides toward reaching the Strategy’s clear and…

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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

“Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV ­– for me, for you, for everyone.” That’s the motto for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19. According to the Banyan Tree Project, which sponsors this Awareness Day on behalf of a wide cross-section of organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders: “Saving…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Supported in Priorities Reflected in President’s FY2012 Budget

Federal Leaders Operational Plans

At a White House event on Monday, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the operational plans prepared by the six Federal agencies tasked with lead responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During the event, he and I also discussed some of the important HIV/AIDS related elements…

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Dr. Howard Koh

“Save a Life, It May be your Own. Get Tested for HIV.” That is the message for this year’s National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which our nation will observe this Friday, October 15. On NLAAD, we pause to remember those we have lost to AIDS-related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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