Celebrating Women’s Equality Day – Whitehouse – Aug 26

August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. We commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Advocates such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells devoted decades of hard work to ensure that women’s voices could be heard. As a result, historic change occurred, forever transforming our nation as we took … [Read more...]

Presidential Medal of Freedom celebrates 50 Years!

President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients 2013 Marks 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Establishment of the Presidential Medal of Freedom     WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United … [Read more...]

Project Arts & Soul (Crowd Funding), Leah Young in LasVegas

Greetings! Most of you know that the arts are extremely important to me. Music, writing, dancing and now painting color my life with passion and joy. I am writing to you because on Wednesday August 7, 2013 (yes, today), I am embarking on a 45 day journey to the opening of a community arts center here in Las Vegas. Project Arts & Soul 2013 from Leah Young on Vimeo. Learn more about Project Arts & Soul here or here. As usual, I have a BIG Vision and you can participate in … [Read more...]

HHSentrepreneurs, New CTO Vision Document & More‏

We need you! Apply to work on high-risk, high reward projects while tackling the biggest challenges in health care and government! Get your applications in by August 16th! We are currently seeking innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in the second cohort of the HHSentrepreneurs Program. We are looking for highly talented professionals from non-federal backgrounds such as business, industry, and academia who seek to bring successful innovation experiences, models, and business … [Read more...]

Marriage in the New Millennium

  Marriage in the New Millenium   The Millennial Generation in the U.S., the first generation to come of age in the new millennium, values parenthood and marriage “far above career and financial success,” according to a Feb. 24 report on a 2010 Pew Research Center survey. However, the Millennials are not “rushing to the altar” to get married, the Pew Center said. Titled “Millennials: Generation Next,” the report profiles the roughly 50 million members of this generation currently ranging in age … [Read more...]

Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President

MESSAGE FROM Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President Hey everyone, I don't usually write emails like this, and we don't usually send messages like this to this list. But I just finished reading the draft of a speech the President plans to deliver on Wednesday, and I want to explain why it's one worth checking out. Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his … [Read more...]

AIDS/HIV, the Next Steps – Secretary Sebelius and Valerie Jarett

Three years ago, President Obama announced an historic comprehensive plan to help turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in the United States: the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Strategy has given a new sense of direction, and purpose in our fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the Strategy’s release, scientific developments have advanced our understanding of how to best fight HIV. We now understand that to prevent long-term complications of HIV, treatment is recommended for all adults and … [Read more...]

July 4th, have a S A F E and Happy Independence Day!

Hope you have a S A F E and Happy Independence Day! Independence Day which is commonly known as the Fourth of July in the United States, is a federal holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Thus it is that auspicious day when United States declared itself independent from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Since then until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with the celebration taking grandeur … [Read more...]

Celebrate Independence Day in United States, July 4th

Independence Day in the United States, also known as the Fourth of July or simply July 4th, is a federal holiday. The holiday is always celebrated on July 4th, although when July 4th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal holiday day off is extended to Friday or Monday respectively. Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic … [Read more...]

Obamacare‏, Three quick things you should know!

Hi all -- In the past few days, we've received three really interesting new pieces of information about the health care law, and we wanted to share these data points with you so that you get a big picture of how things are changing for the better as the law gets implemented. First, the Affordable Care Act is helping to make sure that insurance companies and providers have to compete for your business by creating a Health Insurance Marketplace that offers people more choice and control … [Read more...]

CMS, MARKETPLACE NAVIGATOR GRANTS (Apply Now)

CMS ANNOUNCES OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR MARKETPLACE NAVIGATOR GRANTS Editor’s Note: Yesterday, CMS released the Navigators Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) below. “Navigators” are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. We are sharing this with our AIDS.gov readers for two reasons. … [Read more...]

The Whitehouse, ‘The most powerful moment you’ll watch today!’

"We Have Not Forgotten" This morning, President Obama talked about the tragedy in Newtown, which happened 104 days ago, and brought a room to silence with a simple point: "The entire country was shocked," he said. "And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten." He was in the East Room, standing with a group of mothers who … [Read more...]

NEW NIH AWARD AIMS TO REDUCE ASIAN AMERICAN HEPATITIS B

NEW NIH AWARD AIMS TO REDUCE ASIAN AMERICAN HEPATITIS B DISPARITIES THROUGH HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major preventable … [Read more...]

Julia Pierson Is Sworn In As Director of the US Secret Service‏

Julia Pierson, a highly respected veteran of the Secret Service, was sworn in as the Director of that agency in a ceremony with President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Oval Office. As the President said: "I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary. She’s come up through the ranks. She’s done just about every job there is to do at the Secret Service." "Obviously, she’s breaking the mold in terms of directors of the agency, and I think that people … [Read more...]

White House Women’s Update: Happy Women’s History Month & VAWA!‏

White House Women’s Update: Happy Women’s History Month & VAWA Reauthorization Passes! Friends- We hope this message finds you well. Happy Women’s History Month! Today marks the beginning of a month dedicated to honoring the women who have made our country great and the moments that have defined this nation. Thursday was a great day for women across the country with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passing in the House of Representatives, following the … [Read more...]

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