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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…

Updating the HOPWA Funding Formula

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David Vos

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to working with our Federal and community partners to ensure the success of the national response to HIV/AIDS articulated in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). In my prior post, I described some of the activities we are undertaking and how community members can engage with…

The Role of Communities in Implementing the Strategy: Perspectives from Florida

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Ronald Valdiserri

In early April, I was privileged to be able to talk to a group of nearly 300 health care providers, lawyers, public health and community leaders about the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The event was the 19th annual “Florida Bioethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions” conference, a day-long meeting hosted by the University of…

Approaching 30 Years of HIV/AIDS in the United States

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Ronald Valdiserri

In less than two months, we will mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of what we now know as AIDS. In June 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a rare form of pneumonia diagnosed in five, previously healthy, gay men from Los Angeles. The report raised concerns that…

New Action Plan to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethinic Health Disparities cover. Has a collage of people across the front and a watermark of the HHS logo

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (PDF 2MB). This document will serve as a road map for eliminating health and health care disparities for racial, ethnic and other underserved communities. Addressing health disparities is a priority for the HIV…

Studying and Promoting LGBT Health

Cover of The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. Building a foundation for better understanding. Institue of Medicine.

Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an important new report about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 276-page report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, is the result of an 18-month study by a panel of experts commissioned by…

Multiple Community Partners Collaborate to Address HIV/AIDS Among Women in the Pacific Northwest

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Later this month I will have the honor of speaking to a regional training conference about women of color and HIV/AIDS for health professionals from the Pacific Northwest. This training is just one of many important local, state, and regional community mobilizations aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that are unfolding across the country. Like…

HHS Strategy Implementation Group Reviews Progress, Identifies Additional Opportunities

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NHAS HHS Implementation Meeting

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a meeting of its department-wide National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) Implementation Group. This was the first meeting of the group since the completion of the HHS NHAS Operational Plan and its public release in mid-February. During the meeting, representatives of operational divisions and staff offices…