Digital Tools: Supporting the White House’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy ~ Example from the Corporate Sector

Miguel Gomez

As has been observed often, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, is a national plan, not just a federal one. Active participation from stakeholders across all sectors of society is needed to put the Strategy into action and end the HIV epidemic. Illustrating how members of the corporate sector are contributing to implementing the…

Data Provide Insight to Improve Adolescents’ Health

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Young adults face the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. Here are the eye-opening facts: Young adults aged 15 to 24 account for half of the 20 million new STDs that occur in the U.S. each year. [PDF 1,604 KB] As compared to other groups, women aged 15 to 24…

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

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Background: This SPNS initiative will implement and evaluate innovative social media methods to identify, link, and retain HIV positive underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (ages 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services. These methods include system approaches utilizing a variety of social media, internet and mobile-based technologies to improve engagement and retention…

Youth, HIV and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

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Throughout the 25 year history of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), there has been a concerted effort to focus attention and resources on youth affected by HIV. In 1993, the Pediatric AIDS Service Demonstration Grants, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for HIV-positive children and their families, were incorporated into RWHAP,…

PACHA Seeks Nominations


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 9, 2015. The PACHA is a federal advisory committee within HHS. It…

PACHA Shares NHAS Implementation Recommendations

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During the 57th meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on September 15, 2015, the Council shared recommendations on the implementation of the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), first provided an update about current efforts by agencies across…

Black Voices: Youth Voices and Social Media Matter

Anthony Roberts, Jr.

Last year, I attended the 16th Viiv Healthcare Community Summit on HIV and joined 29 others as a participant in their first Youth Summit in Miami, FL. I was ecstatic to be surrounded by other 18-29 year olds from all across the United States. We were all of different ages, races, and life experiences but…

National Minority Health Month: Training the Public Health Work Force

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For National Minority Health Month, I want to raise an issue that is vital to improve the health and health equity of our Nation: that is, the development of a public health workforce that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. In relation to HIV, it is critical that we ensure a workforce that has the…