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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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Screenshot of African Americans Reach and Teach Health website (www.aarth.org)

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…

Highlights from the White House Meeting for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Regan Hofmann and Susannah Fox

Last month I attended a White House meeting for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 11). This meeting brought together leaders from across the country and focused on where the response is today when it comes to HIV among women and girls in the U.S. After the event I spoke with some of…

San Francisco’s New Approach to HIV Prevention

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Conversations with AIDS.gov: Dr. Grant Colfax. San Francisco Dept. of Public Health. March 16, 2011

With this post, we launch an occasional series, The Strategy in Action: Communities Respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. In these posts, we will spotlight some of the ways that diverse communities from across the U.S. are undertaking efforts to support and implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. This first post in the series features HIV…

Honoring Dr. Mark Colomb’s Contribution to the Response to HIV

Dr. Mark Colomb

This week we lost another leader in the HIV community. Dr. Mark Colomb (1963-2011) was passionately committed to Mississippi and other southern communities; and he focused on responding to the needs of Black men who have sex with men. Dr. Colomb participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) consultation which resulted in the…

Working with the Community to Reduce New HIV Infections Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

LGBT NHAS Meeting

“The United States cannot reduce the number of HIV infections nationally without better addressing HIV among gay and bisexual men.” So declares the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), boldly and accurately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gay men make up approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 53 percent…