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Vera Yakovchenko

MPH, Public Health Analyst, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Enhanced HIV/AIDS Information on Benefits.gov

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As part of our continuing efforts to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) call for a more coordinated response to the epidemic in the United States, Federal agencies recently completed a review and update to the HIV/AIDS information available on Benefits.gov. The mission of Benefits.gov is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with…

12 Cities Project Evaluation Highlights Impacts on Coordination of HIV/AIDS Services

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As readers may recall, the 12 Cities Project was undertaken as an element of the HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Operational Plan in “an effort to support comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in 12 communities hit hard by HIV/AIDS”. The project sought to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) by building on…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 1

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The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS among Women “Not without women will we turn the tide on HIV/AIDS,” declared…

Leading Health Indicators June Spotlight on HIV Status Awareness

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators Webinar

With National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) approaching on June 27, our partners at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) are putting the spotlight on HIV status awareness with an upcoming webinar and some new tools for community and public health partners. ODPHP, also located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for…

Pursuing the Goals of the NHAS for Women

March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day nears, I wanted to share highlights of actions that have unfolded since our last blog post on achieving the goals of the NHAS for women. Impact of HIV on Women in the U.S. Nearly 300,000 women in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and, according to…

Women’s Health Issues Supplement Showcases Gender-Responsive National HIV/AIDS Programming for U.S. Women and Girls

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A just-released special supplement to the journal Women’s Health Issues provides in-depth information about gender-specific health considerations of U.S. women and girls in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and recommendations for national strategic programmatic improvements to meet their needs. The supplement grew out of a June 2010 forum, Bringing Gender Home: Implementing Gender-Responsive HIV/AIDS Programming for U.S….

Achieving the Goals of the NHAS for Women

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One-fourth of Americans living with HIV are women. In the United States, the disease disproportionately impacts women of color: The HIV infection rate among Black women is 15 times that of white women and the rate among Hispanic women is more than four times that of white women, according to the most recent data from…

Emory Launches New Tool to Visualize HIV Epidemic in the US

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Today, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University launched AIDSVu , an interactive online map that, 30 years into the epidemic, provides a detailed view of the number of people living with an HIV diagnosis in the United States by state and county. AIDSVu is a project of Emory University that aims to…

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