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

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

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…

Transitions: In Appreciation of Christopher Bates’ Service to HHS

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At the end of this week, my colleague Mr. Christopher Bates will retire, bringing to a close a distinguished career in federal service to the HIV/AIDS community. Christopher has served this office and its predecessor for nearly 15 years. He began work at the office then known as the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP) in…

Viral Hepatitis Policy Meets Practice at the Liver Meeting

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Earlier this month, the “Liver Meeting” – the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD )– took place in Washington, DC. As part of a session re-capping the major viral hepatitis highlights from the conference, I had the pleasure of sharing with several thousand scientists and healthcare professionals from around…

Improving Health Outcomes for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Is Key Focus of FY13 Awards by Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund

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Consistent with the President’s request to sharpen our focus on improving outcomes along the HIV care continuum as we pursue the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) awards made by the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) funded a number of initiatives designed to do just that. A total of…

Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2012 Progress Report Released

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In a new report, partners from across the U.S. government have shared an update on progress made during 2012 in implementing the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. This is our second such progress report; a report on the first year of implementing the Action Plan was published last October….

25th Observance of World AIDS Day Approaching

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In just a few weeks, we will commemorate the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day. Preparations for this milestone observance are underway here at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as at other U.S. government agencies that are partners in the domestic and global response to HIV/AIDS. This year we are…

Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators Convene in DC

Drs. Ron Valdiserri, Ellie McCance-Katz, and John Ward dicussing federal viral hepatitis initiatives with Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators from across the country.

Last week I had the opportunity to discuss the federal response to viral hepatitis with some of our key allies in the states: the CDC-funded Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators who had assembled in Washington, DC for the third National Hepatitis Technical Assistance meeting organized and hosted by the National Alliance of State and Territorial…

Together on the Pathways to Wellness: Recovery and Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

Throughout September’s observance of National Recovery Month, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation celebrated recovery from mental health issues and addiction challenges. Given the significant role that drug-using behaviors can play in the transmission of viral hepatitis, and the fact that alcohol intake often worsens liver disease among persons with chronic viral hepatitis, National Recovery…

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