Miguel Gomez

Director,, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Meeting Videos Now Available


As we mentioned in last week’s post, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) held a meeting on February 24, 2010 for the public to hear about the progress to date on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). A video is now available of last week’s public meeting. We spoke with some of our fellow attendees…

President’s Budget for HIV/AIDS at HHS

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget in Brief

The President’s budget was released this week with an investment of more than $3 billion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment activities to expand access to affordable healthcare and prevention services. ( (PDF 324 KB), retrieved 2/1/10). According to the HHS Budget in Brief, this increase…

Secretary Sebelius Welcomes Members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius welcomed 24 new members to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA’s role is to work with the Secretary and provide information, advice, and recommendations on domestic and global HIV/AIDS policy issues to the President. PACHA also serves to further the policy goals of the White…

Help for Haiti

Help for Haiti

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, caused devastating damage and cost thousands of lives in and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Our heartfelt condolences are with those feeling the repercussions of the this tragedy around the world, including members of our own team.

President Obama’s Open Government Directive: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration

In my post last week, I mentioned President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, focused on making a “transparent, participatory, and collaborative” government. You may also have heard about some of the steps already made towards greater transparency in Government — take a look at the Open Government Innovations Gallery, to see some examples of new ways…

Voices of New Media Leaders Across the Country- A Few Highlights from 2009

In last week’s post I shared some of our new media lessons learned from the past year, and this week I’m excited to share with you a short video highlighting voices and new media lessons learned from several of our Federal and community partners. From San Francisco to Oklahoma to Washington, DC, to texting, podcasts,…

Top 10 New Media Lessons 2009 & Open Government Initiative

Gold top 10 winner

As 2010 approaches and I look back at 2009, I want to first share some of my new media lessons learned from The most important thing that I learned this year is that we still have so much more to learn! The good news is that as the AIDS community learns and uses more…

New Media Use at the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute

AIDS Institute Logo

At the CDC’s HIV Prevention Conference last August, I talked with our colleague, Humberto Cruz, about new media and HIV. Humberto is the Director of the AIDS Institute at the New York State Department of Health . I was excited to hear about the AIDS Institute’s adoption of new media — they’ve developed a widget…