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ACA is Working for Latinos

Rafael López, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families

For many people, January is a time to make resolutions and set goals for a healthier New Year. January 2016 is an especially important month. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends on January 31, 2016. Since open enrollment began on November 1, over 8.6 million people have signed up for affordable health care…

Slides Now Available! 2015 APHA Special Session: The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities

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In November at the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, OHAIDP facilitated a special session, “The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities.” Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, MPH, the session organizer and moderator, opened the 90-minute Special Epidemiology session and introduced the speakers. Scott Holmberg, MD, MPH, Chief,…

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…

FY’15 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Awards

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With Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) just concluded, I wanted to share highlights of the awards made under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), which are supporting many activities that will unfold during FY16.  A total of $52.2 million was awarded to support 31 initiatives across 10 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices to…

Making a Difference for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Mary K. Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary of Health, HHS

Just recently, Secretary Burwell met with the leadership of the United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice. There is so much we can learn from these leaders today, and from their predecessors. In 1970, fresh from successfully organizing grape farmworkers, the charismatic chair of the new United Farm Workers Organizing Committee drove hurriedly from San Jose,…

Don’t Miss AIDS.gov at the U.S. Conference on AIDS!

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The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS is taking place from September 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Here is a snapshot of AIDS.gov and federal activities to help you get the most out of the conference. Not attending USCA? AIDS.gov will update you as the conference unfolds. USCA Coverage Platform : Updates, tweets, images and more from…

Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…

FDA Reaches Out to Minorities During Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Did you know that millions of Americans (mostly baby boomers) are living with chronic Hepatitis and up to 2/3 may not even know they are infected? Annually, in May, the public health community commemorates “Hepatitis Awareness Month” to bring attention to this disease, its symptoms, testing, and treatment options. This year, we are working with…