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LGBT Health: Celebrating Our Progress and Looking Ahead

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Summary: Here at HHS, our support for LGBT health and wellbeing has spanned across the department. If there is a single thread which ties together the incredible work done by each member of the Health and Human Services family, it is the belief that every American deserves the same opportunity to live a healthy, happy…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Each May, many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance includes national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These represent important opportunities to promote hepatitis…

LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board

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When President Obama, joined by leaders throughout his Administration and in Congress, fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, he did it for one overwhelming reason: to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He did it knowing that there were – and continue to be – groups facing significant health…

Transitions at OHAIDP

Ronald Valdiserri

As I prepare to leave the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and federal service at the end of December, I am pleased to inform you that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has announced that Richard Wolitski, PhD, has been appointed OHAIDP’s Acting Director effective January 11, 2016. With over 25 years…

FY’15 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Awards

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With Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) just concluded, I wanted to share highlights of the awards made under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), which are supporting many activities that will unfold during FY16.  A total of $52.2 million was awarded to support 31 initiatives across 10 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices to…

Access to Hepatitis C Therapy Listening Session with Community Stakeholders

Ronald Valdiserri

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a listening session on the important issue of access to curative treatment for hepatitis C virus infection. While the advent of more effective, second-generation direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C represents a tremendous scientific accomplishment and a potential public health triumph, community…

Silence is Deadly: Combating the Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis


Silence=Death. That phrase was used by the advocacy group ACT UP to end the silence about the AIDS crisis in the United States. This is no less true for the issue of viral hepatitis, which claims the lives of 12,000-18,000 Americans each year. Our inactivity can fuel the spread of viral hepatitis—viruses which are largely…

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…