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Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Reducing Viral Hepatitis Disparities Among African Americans

Ronald Valdiserri

As we observe African American History Month, we are also working to raise awareness of the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis in the Black community. You may have seen the blog post earlier this month by my colleague Dr. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. She highlighted some of the troubling viral hepatitis…

Strategy in Action: HIV Testing Innovations Contribute to NHAS Goal

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The Strategy in Action. Communities respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

With an estimated 20 percent of people living with HIV in the United States unaware of their status, strengthening our HIV testing efforts will be key to achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Fortunately, many innovative HIV testing efforts are underway in communities across the country. HIV testing is integral to HIV…

On Mr. Crowley’s Departure, Our Appreciation

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This month, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley ends his tenure as President Obama’s Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy(ONAP) and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, positions he has held since 2009. We acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Jeff’s significant contributions to fulfilling the President’s commitment to develop the United States’ first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Since…

AIDS Funders Release NHAS Toolkit for Philanthropic Sector

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FCAA Toolkit

At a recent (12/5/11) summit of the philanthropic community, in Washington, DC, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) launched the Funder’s Toolkit for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy . Throughout the development and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), a strong emphasis has been placed on the need for the engagement and participation of all sectors…

Remembering Doug Morgan

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It is with great sadness that we recognize the loss of our friend and esteemed colleague Mr. Douglas “Doug” Morgan, former Director of the Division of Service Systems at HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA-HAB) and a long-time leader in the nation’s response to HIV/AIDS. Since last spring, Doug had served as Deputy Associate Administrator of HRSA’s…

Staying Healthy During Flu Season: Advice for People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Flu season is upon us; so, it’s time for everyone in the HIV/AIDS community to prepare. We all know that that the flu can make anyone sick. But did you know that people with long-term health conditions—including HIV/AIDS as well as asthma, diabetes (type 1 and 2), and heart disease—are at greater risk for serious…

Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Spotlight on Hepatitis B

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Earlier this month, I blogged about some of the highlights of our recent efforts to implement Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan). Today, I want to spotlight hepatitis B. Hepatitis B In the United States, an estimated 800,000–1.4 million persons are…

CDC ECHPP Plans Released

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Earlier this year, AIDS.gov reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had launched a website for its Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP) initiative, which provided $11.6 million in FY2011 for enhanced planning and coordination activities in the 12 Metropolitan and Statistical Areas (MSA) accounting for an estimated 44% of U.S. AIDS…