NAVIGATING HIV CARE: Webinar May 23, 2013

 Navigating HIV Care: Using Navigators, Linkage Specialists and Community Health Care Workers to Improve Health Outcomes. The webinar will take place MAY 23 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT). This event will offer an opportunity for participants to share and discuss best practices on steering HIV-positive patients/clients through stages of comprehensive care (e.g., health care, mental health, housing, and employment services) as a way of linking them to care and retaining them in … [Read more...]

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 20

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coming tomorrow, March 20th.     Tomorrow, Tuesday March 20th is the first day of Spring. It is also the day chosen for the annual observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). According to the recently launched national website for NNHAAD , this observance day is a “national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) across the United States and … [Read more...]

Black History Month: African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

  African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy By Christopher Bates, M.P.A., Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Christopher Bates During this February’s observance of Black History Month, we have observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and heard about efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis … [Read more...]

NORD Foundation ~ October 2011

  October 2011 eNews Nearly 400 Participate in NORD Conference At the U.S. Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products in Washington DC Oct. 11-13, NORD released a major new study documenting flexibility in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of potential treatments for patients with rare diseases.  The study examined the approval of 135 non-cancer orphan drugs since 1983.  Read the report and NORD’s press release. Speakers Include NIH Director, Social … [Read more...]

SAMHSA awards approximately $1.3 million to help communities

SAMHSA awards approximately $1.3 million to help communities offer expanded HIV testing, counseling, and referral for care The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing that it is awarding approximately $1.3 million in one year federal grants, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Secretariat Emergency Fund, to expand the capacity of current SAMHSA MAI grantees to provide rapid … [Read more...]

Jennie Anderson, AIDS.gov ~ 30 Years of AIDS Video, NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci

This has been a big year for the HIV community. One key event was June 5 — which marked 30 years since the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States. As one of the many efforts to recognize this important milestone, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed a series of videos featuring interviews with various federal and community HIV leaders. Highlights from each of the videos were used to create a compilation video, 30 Years of HIV in the US, which premiered at … [Read more...]

National HIV Prevention Conference – Highlights of Day 1

    With this post we launch a series of daily re-caps from the National HIV Prevention Conference underway now in Atlanta. More than 3,000 public health, medical and AIDS community leaders are gathered here to share the latest research and discuss innovative strategies to drive down the number of new HIV infections in the United States. The meeting, organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and co-sponsored by 40 other public and private agencies, … [Read more...]

Dr. Fauci’s Talk “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey”

  Upcoming Event: NIH’s Dr. Fauci’s Talk “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey” Dr. Anthony Fauci In his talk, Dr. Fauci will discuss the bleak early years of AIDS when none of his patients survived; the growing understanding that AIDS was not only affecting white gay men, but people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations; the breakthrough discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS; the development of lifesaving antiretroviral medications; work with gay … [Read more...]

HHS Action Plan – Prevent, Care, and Treat Viral Hepatitis

HHS Announces New Action Plan to Prevent, Care, and Treat Viral Hepatitis Today, May 12, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Combating the Silent Epidemic: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (read the full “Action Plan” here, PDF 672KB). At 1 pm EST today, HHS officials and community representatives will meet in Washington DC to discuss the Action Plan. I encourage you … [Read more...]

“National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implement.: Federal to State to Community.”

Perspectives from Missouri By Christopher Bates, M.P.A., Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend time in Missouri speaking with audiences about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and learning about what they are doing to support implementation of the Strategy … [Read more...]

NHAS: Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts

Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts On Monday, April 4, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) met to continue our collaborative efforts to implement the Strategy. The primary focus of the meeting was the continued exploration of the impact of homelessness and housing insecurity on HIV/AIDS outcomes with a focus on how to better coordinate … [Read more...]

National HIV/AIDS Strategy – Highlights From CROI

Highlights From CROI Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Highlights From CROI On Wednesday, March 2, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases at HHS spoke with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach about his reflections on the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Dr. Dieffenbach serves as the Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National … [Read more...]

PACHA to Convene Next Week – January 27-28, 2011

  PACHA to Convene Next Week   The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) meets on January 27 and 28 in Washington, DC. During next week’s meeting, PACHA will receive an update on the operational plans submitted to the White House by the Federal Departments and Agencies identified as leads in the Strategy. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy tasks PACHA with monitoring the effective implementation of the Strategy. You are invited to follow PACHA’s activities via its website. If you will … [Read more...]

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