Social Determinants of Health

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with this national health observance and other efforts, findings from a new CDC study support the…

First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients’ health by addressing their social needs

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$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and…

Approaches to Eliminating Perinatal HBV Transmission – Report from an HHS Technical Consultation

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One of the four overarching goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) is the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. To advance our efforts toward that goal, in September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a one-day technical consultation, bringing together over…


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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…