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Understanding the Magnitude of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemics in the United States

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In March I had the honor of meeting with an inspirational group of advocates, leaders and researchers who had come to Washington to educate lawmakers about viral hepatitis and its impact on our nation. Their braveness and authenticity was moving. They told their personal stories about living with viral hepatitis, the frustrating experiences with healthcare…

Setting a Path Towards HCV Elimination in the Cherokee Nation: Government, Academia, and Pharma Collaboration

VH blog - Sally Blouse - April 8 2016

An innovative, multi-party collaborative effort, Hepatitis C in Native Oklahoma: Optimizing Care and Setting a Path Towards Elimination of Disease and Disparity, launched recently to respond to high rates of hepatitis C in the Cherokee Nation (CN). The goal of the new initiative is to eliminate HCV and improve the health of American Indians in…

Saving Lives and Improving Health Care through Innovation in Organ Donations and Transplants

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There are currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting list for an organ in the United States. Twenty-two people a day die waiting. But today, we’re taking one step forward to change that. In honor of National Donate Life Month, the President issued a Proclamation that solidifies his Administration’s commitment to shortening the organ waiting list,…

4 essentials for managing your health insurance plan

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If you’re enrolled in a 2016 health insurance plan, here’s what you need to know to about getting the full benefit of your health coverage and keeping it up to date. 4 health insurance tips to use all year Pay your first month’s premium to your plan if you haven’t already. You must pay it…

“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

Rich Wolitski and Douglas Brooks - rich blog April 6 2016

That lyric from the Broadway musical Rent played over again and again in my head as I sat down to write this blog about the work that my friend Douglas Brooks has done at The White House. Our accomplishments in life are measured and weighed in many different ways. Douglas’ life story is still being…

Herramientas en Español (Tools in Spanish)

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The need for Spanish language and culturally-appropriate HIV resources is great as 21% of U.S. HIV/AIDS cases  are among Hispanic individuals. On the TARGET Center site are dozens of Spanish language resources designed to help meet that demand, developed by Ryan White agencies and HRSA to improve HIV care delivery. The TARGET Center saw fit to expand this…

3 Ways Digital Tools Can Reach Youth

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is on April 10, and Advocates for Youth plans and leads this observance. Rachel Cooke, Associate Director for Communications at Advocates for Youth, recently shared the following takeaways about how digital tools fit into their NYHAAD planning and dissemination. How has your integration of digital communication tools…

The White House – Presidential Proclamation: National Public Health Week, 2016

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National Public Health Week, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health ‑‑ the foundation of our security and well-being ‑‑ here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and…