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

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

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,…

“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…

The White House: Our Commitment to Improving Outcomes in the Transgender Community

White House logo - April 2016

Summary: Find out what happened when The White House hosted a consultation with advocates on effectively addressing HIV in the transgender community. This week, as National LGBT Health Awareness Week comes to a close, we wanted to recognize the ongoing work and challenges to improve the lives of transgender Americans. In February, we held the…

Measuring Stigma: Where Do We Go From Here?

Laura Nyblade - stigma graph - blog image

Prejudices and negative attitudes directed towards people living with HIV have very real consequences: Stigma discourages people from getting tested for HIV, sharing their HIV positive status with loved ones, and seeking care and sticking to treatment. Yet in the early years of the HIV epidemic, it was thought that the stigma surrounding HIV was…

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma Examines Interventions, Measures, Actions

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response

Summary: On March 3, ONAP and NIH co-hosted the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response. As we approach the 35th anniversary of the first case reports of what would later come to be known as HIV/AIDS, we can rightfully celebrate that we now have an array of effective tools to prevent…

“It is Possible to Dream”

Teresa Mbalane, who has been receiving HIV treatment since 2004, with CDC Mozambique Director Edgar Monterroso. Teresa receives treatment via PEPFAR funding distributed by CDC Mozambique to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Summary: Teresa inspires and mobilizes people living with HIV and their families to live positively by sharing her story. “Today, it is possible to dream—when we thought that life was over,” says Teresa Joaquim Mbalane, a 50-year-old mother of four living with HIV in Mozambique. “Now I try to pass my experience on to others.”…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

Rich Wolitski - headshot - March 2016

Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently…