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Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

Tim Harrison - cropped May 2016

The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

New Federal Actions to Address HIV in the Transgender Community

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Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) observes that, historically, our efforts focused on this population have been limited, but that the federal government has made strides in improving our response since 2010. Urging that we remain vigilant in increasing knowledge…

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…

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…

$60M Investment Supports Community Collaboratives to Strengthen HIV Prevention and Care for Gay Men of Color

Ronald Valdiserri

A new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week invests over $60 million from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) in a four-year demonstration project designed to improve HIV outcomes for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Up…

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…

In Appreciation for Dr. Howard Koh’s Leadership in HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis as Assistant Secretary for Health

Dr. Koh at AIDS 2012

On behalf of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), partners in government, and hundreds of HIV and viral hepatitis stakeholders across the nation, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Howard Koh as he prepares to end his more than five years of service as Assistant Secretary for Health. Howard…

HRSA Launches New Resource and TA Center Initiative to Improve HIV Services for Black MSM

Dr. Laura Cheever

To align with the goals of both the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the 2013 White House HIV Care Continuum Executive Order, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) launches today a HIV prevention and care resource and technical assistance center initiative for HIV care providers focused on strengthening engagement and retention in…