Social Determinants of Health


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Editor’s Note: This statement was released by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on May 19, 2015. HUD No. 15-059 April A. Brown (202) 708-0685 HUD AWARDS $29 MILLION TO 25 LOCAL HIV-AIDS HOUSING PROGRAMS Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at risk for homelessness WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department…

CAPUS: Formative Evaluation Provides a Snapshot on Early Progress

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Formative evaluations are evaluations that are generally conducted during the developmental and early implementation phases of large-scale, multiyear projects in order to improve program design or performance. These evaluations can play an invaluable role in HIV programming because they allow us to identify and bolster successful activities and to revise and modify program elements that…

Housing Discrimination Because of HIV/AIDS Is Illegal

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People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) face a number of challenges that are often amplified by stigma and discrimination associated with the virus.  To many, discrimination acts as a barrier to meeting basic needs like shelter. That’s why HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, which administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and its…

For an AIDS-Free Generation: Access to Drugs and Diagnostics Is Essential


On World AIDS Day this year, tens of millions of people with HIV are now living healthy, productive lives because of access to safe and lower priced medicines. We rejoice in this achievement, because all people, no matter how rich or poor, deserve to have the medicines they need to live their lives in the…

Why You Should Care About Mental Health

RADM Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting U.S. Surgeon General

Most people don’t realize how common mental health and substance abuse problems are in the United States. Just as there are many types of physical illness, mental illness is varied and can affect people at all stages of life. In fact, at some time in their lives, nearly all Americans will be affected by a…

Working Toward Health Equity

Wayne Daffus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Office of Health Equity in CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). To commemorate this milestone event, CDC hosted international, national, and local leaders in health equity to provide their perspectives on achievements, strategies, and goals…

Dr. Carl Dieffenbach: Key Developments in HIV Research from IAS 2013

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Last week, Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID shared brief reports from the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention (IAS 2013) with the community via Skype. As Dr. Dieffenbach related, some key highlights of the conference included: Long-term HIV treatment strategies to address HIV as a chronic management disease; The…

Dr. Carl Dieffenbach: 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Addresses Social Determinants of Health – Day 3

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Yesterday, July 2, was the second full day of the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. This week, we’ve asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID to share daily highlights from this important scientific conference via Skype. As Dr. Dieffenbach shared, researchers at the conference discussed the social determinants of…