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HHS Releases Report on Progress Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Ronald Valdiserri

At the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC today, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, released a report (PDF 607KB) on the progress made in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in pursuing the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  The report highlights key accomplishments…

Strategy in Action: Regional Summits on National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation

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As part of ongoing efforts to work toward the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) goal of achieving a more coordinated national response to the epidemic, over the past two months six of the 10 Department of Health and Human Services regional offices have convened NHAS Summits to discuss progress in implementing the Strategy and to identify…

HIV/AIDS Treatment Cascade Helps Identify Gaps in Care, Retention

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Ronald Valdiserri

An often-referenced concept in current conversations about our efforts to address HIV/AIDS in the United States is the so-called “treatment cascade”. This concept is a model being used by Federal, state and local agencies to identify issues and opportunities related to improving the delivery of services to persons living with HIV across the entire continuum…

Second Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Ronald Valdiserri

Two years ago today, President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the nation’s first-ever comprehensive coordinated HIV/AIDS plan for responding to the domestic epidemic, which articulated clear and measurable targets to be achieved by 2015. On this occasion, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the noteworthy progress made over the past two…

Identifying Common, Core Indicators to Monitor HHS-Funded HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, and Care Services

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On June 7th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) held a consultation in Washington, DC to finalize a set of common, core indicators to monitor outcomes for HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. As many know first-hand, grantees providing HIV services often receive funding…

SAMHSA Seeking Applications for $131.5 Million for Activities that Advance the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through Behavioral Health

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) recently released funding announcements for two programs whose purposes are closely aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. “Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS are often interrelated issues and must be addressed in comprehensive ways,” said Gretchen Stiers, Ph.D., Director, Division of Policy Coordination in SAMHSA’s Office of Policy,…

New National Resource Center to Prevent HIV/AIDS among Adolescents

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The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), with funding from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, is pleased to announce a new resource center solely focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS among adolescents.  Launched on June 25, 2012, the center provides a central, online location for youth-serving professionals to access training, technical assistance, information exchange, and…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Awards FY12 Funds to Address HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities

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In late spring, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) announced the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) awards by the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). The fund made 29 competitive awards (PDF 2MB) ranging in size from $200,000 to $6,800,000 to ten HHS…