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Indian Health Service at the AIDS 2012 Conference

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As the Indian Health Service (IHS) prepares to participate in the AIDS 2012  conference later this week, I am reminded of both the mission of the Indian Health Service and the importance of collaboration with our partners within the HIV community. The IHS is fully committed to helping our nation move toward an AIDS- free…

HHS World Hepatitis Day Observance Showcased Progress & Collaboration

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On July 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted the fifth annual observance of World Hepatitis Day to continue raising awareness of the burden of viral hepatitis both here in the U.S. and around the world. Globally, viral hepatitis affects 400 million people and kills over 1.4 million people annually , and…

Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…

Posts, Pins, and Tweets: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2015

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Today’s observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is the ninth annual commemoration. Since the first NNHAAD in 2007, much has changed in digital communications and in our collective response to HIV. To support NNHAAD in 2015, AIDS.gov is using multiple social media platforms: Posts Although it is a relatively new platform, Instagram  is an…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 20, 2015, is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day . This day is an opportunity for Native people across the United States to learn about HIV and AIDS, encourage HIV counseling and testing in Native communities, and help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. On March 20, we recognize the impact of HIV and AIDS on…

American Indians and Alaska Natives: How to Use Your New Health Insurance

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Editor’s Note: To commemorate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Friday, March 20, here are some resources for the community to improve access to their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Since many American Indians and Alaska Natives have used the Indian Health Service all their lives for health care, using health insurance can…

Advancing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Checking-In with Federal and Community Leaders

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On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the cross-government working group supporting and monitoring the implementation of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan—the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group or “VHIG”—met in Washington, DC to share updates on 2014 accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Some of the highlights included: Promising preliminary data from HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…