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Community Representatives Share Thoughts with 12 Cities Project Steering Committee

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Ronald Valdiserri

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services’ 12 Cities Project Steering Committee met with several community representatives (PDF 35KB) to discuss the project and explore opportunities to encourage stronger cross-agency collaboration at the local level. My Federal colleagues—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),…

HHS Region VIII Agencies Convene to Discuss National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation

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Strategy in Action

With efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) unfolding across the country, we thought it would be valuable to gather our Federal colleagues in this region to identify ways to coordinate and collaborate in our HIV/AIDS-related activities. After all, the NHAS calls for a more coordinated national response to the epidemic. To realize the…

Perspectives from Missouri

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Christopher Bates

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend time in Missouri speaking with audiences about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and learning about what they are doing to support implementation of the Strategy locally. As in other communities across the country, the folks I spoke to in Kansas City and Jefferson City are eager…

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part II)

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Gretchen Stiers

As the HIV/AIDS policy lead at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I am pleased to return to the blog to discuss more of the activities that SAMHSA is engaged in to support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). In my last post, I discussed SAMHSA’s commitment to addressing the behavioral health problems…

Illinois Commences Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plan

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David Ernesto Munar

In a recent article , my colleague at AIDS Foundation Chicago , Keith R. Green, profiled efforts underway in Illinois to develop a statewide operational plan aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Keith frankly observes that “coordinated efforts at the national level will only produce small results without similar coordination within local jurisdictions.” I thought…

Justice Department Issues Letter Regarding Illegal Exclusion of Individuals with HIV/AIDS from Occupational Training and State Licensing

Allison Nichol

The Justice Department has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories to request their assistance in addressing the illegal exclusion of individuals with HIV/AIDS from occupational training and state licensing. Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which…

Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

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Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

On Tuesday, April 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a consultation to explore the principles and practices that should be considered as we move forward in our efforts to encourage the development of state HIV/AIDS plans as recommended in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The Strategy’s Federal Implementation Plan directs HHS…

Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts

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Federal Leads NHAS Meeting

On Monday, April 4, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) met to continue our collaborative efforts to implement the Strategy. The primary focus of the meeting was the continued exploration of the impact of homelessness and housing insecurity…