Open Government

HHS Requests Information on New HIV Data Project

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Federal funding for HIV services is spread across multiple departments, agencies, and programs each with its own mission, priorities, and history. In order to achieve a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) recommends that the Federal government develop improved mechanisms to: 1) monitor, evaluate, and report on progress…

We’re Launching HHS’ New Open Government Plan, Version 2.0

At, we are committed to the Open Government Initiative. This initiative aims to make operations and data more transparent, and expand opportunities for citizen participation, collaboration, and oversight. It’s  important to the HIV community and for public health. The Locator API is one way we are working to support this initiative, along with our…

Todd Park Named New U.S. Chief Technology Officer

I’m very excited that President Obama today is appointing Todd Park as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, with the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people. For nearly three years, Todd has served as CTO of the U.S. Department of…

Recapping the 2011 mHealth Conference

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The 3rd Annual mHealth Summit took place from December 6-8 at the Gaylord Convention Center near Washington, DC. The summit presented by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health brings together developers, health care professionals,  and government officials to talk about the science and the promise of mobile health technologies. Secretary of Health and…

Announcing the Leading Health Indicators Apps Challenge

Today, at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Dr. Howard Koh, our Assistant Secretary for Health, and I joined a distinguished group of health leaders for a discussion about the new “Leading Health Indicators” for Healthy People 2020 – a set of 12 categories that capture 26 key measures of…

Monitoring and Evaluating our Communication Channels

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When it comes to social media, how do you measure and monitor your reach? It’s a tough question, and one we often ask ourselves at Across our communication channels (the website, blog, Twitter , Facebook , YouTube, mobile, and more), we strive to provide quality information about the federal government and HIV/AIDS on…

HHS @ SXSWi Part 1: Sound bites


I’m writing from Austin, Texas, the capital of the Lone Star State, checking in from South by Southwest Interactive, or SXSWi. For those of you who don’t know, SXSWi is one of the biggest technology conferences in the world. I’ve met people from California to Nova Scotia, from South Korea to Hamburg, Germany. Over 10,000…

Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council: Grateful Collaboration


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FHAWC members at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Co-authored by: Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, and Cathy Thomas, Technical Director As we start the New Year, we're launching a series about new media planning. In upcoming weeks we'll be hearing from our community and Federal colleagues about steps they are taking to implement a new media strategy. At we use new…