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In Appreciation of Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s 27 Years of Federal Service

Dr. Mermin & Dr. Valdiserri

At the end of 2015, we bid farewell to Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who retired from an exemplary career in Federal service. Over many years, Ron played key roles in the Federal responses to HIV and viral hepatitis, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the HHS Office of…

The Open Enrollment Clock is Ticking: Help Eligible Individuals Get Covered by Jan. 31

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Uninsured Americans have until January 31 to enroll in a 2016 qualified health plan. Many staff at Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program sites and elsewhere are working to assist people living with HIV in getting covered. How many people have enrolled so far? More than 11.6 million people are signed up nationwide through the Health Insurance…

HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Releases First Annual Client-Level Data Report

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau released today its inaugural publication of national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) client-level data collected through the Ryan White Services Report (RSR). This dataset is the HIV/AIDS Bureau’s primary source of annual, de-identified data about the people who received services from the nearly 2,000 funding recipients…

Increasing Viral Hepatitis Awareness & Capacity among Nurses in AIDS Care

Corinna Dan

Recognizing the importance of building and maintaining a healthcare workforce prepared to prevent, diagnose and treat viral hepatitis, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) leadership advocates for ongoing viral hepatitis training and capacity building among their members. I recently had the honor of presenting during the annual meeting of these important allies in…

Criteria Published for Research into Organ Transplantation from One Person with HIV to Another

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Federal partners recently took two important steps that will allow scientists to carry out research on organ donations from HIV-positive donors into HIV-positive recipients as authorized by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act. As required under the Act, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have each…

World AIDS Day 2015: We Are Better Equipped Than Ever to Fight HIV

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December 1 marks World AIDS Day, and even though we’ve been fighting HIV and AIDS for more than 30 years, it’s fitting that this year’s theme is “The Time to Act is Now.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is committed to high-quality health care for every American. In August, the United States…

HRSA/HAB Funding Opportunity on Addressing HIV Care and Housing Coordination through Data Integration

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This request for proposal (RFP) announcement solicits applications to support a minimum of four performance sites for a new initiative, “Addressing HIV Care and Housing Coordination through Data Integration to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum.” This initiative seeks to support the electronic integration of housing and HIV care data systems in the…

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…