World Hepatitis Day Statement

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY STATEMENT HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh On World Hepatitis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to combating the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Globally, one in 12 people has chronic hepatitis B or C infection. About 1 million people die each year from chronic viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States and worldwide. And while it is the most common blood-borne … [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...]

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...]

Sebelius Approves Plans for Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy common core indicators for … [Read more...]

HHS – INFORMATION IS POWERFUL MEDICINE CAMPAIGN

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proud to announce the launch of the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. The campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to improve health outcomes for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Focusing specifically on Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (BMSM) given the significant HIV-related health disparities they face, the campaign … [Read more...]

HEPATITIS ACTION PLAN CELEBRATES 2ND

This month marks the 2nd Anniversary of Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis – and over the past two years, with your support, we have been able to achieve: Improved federal coordination and collaboration – The Action Plan has fostered enhanced engagement and unprecedented collaboration across federal government. To pursue the Action Plan’s goals, a working group comprised of representatives from the U.S. … [Read more...]

Webcast, “In the Know: Google Plus & YouTube for Public Health”, May 14

Join the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) on May 14 at 2 P.M. (ET) for a live webcast, “In the Know: Google Plus & YouTube for Public Health.” This webcast, the fifth in a series, will explore how public health professionals can effectively tap into the engagement and networking strengths of the quickly growing social media channel, Google Plus, and the popular video sharing site, YouTube. It will feature NPIN social media experts and a special guest from Google who … [Read more...]

Hepatitis Testing Day (2nd Annual) celebrated on May 19

May 1 marked the start of the month-long observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month. The observance is an important element of government-wide efforts to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and decrease health disparities by educating communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment. Throughout the month of May, HHS and our partners who support the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis will be engaged in a variety of … [Read more...]

The 2014 Budget highlights the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The 2014 Budget highlights this Administration’s ongoing commitment to implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Budget also aligns with the President’s commitment to achieving the goals of the Strategy by investing in evidence-based interventions, focusing efforts in populations most affected by HIV, and supporting vital research. The Budget is a comprehensive plan that reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course. By making strategic and science-based investments … [Read more...]

VIDEO SHARING on SOCIAL MEDIA

Video sharing remains a powerful tool for sharing health information. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project , 71% of online Americans use video-sharing sites (such as YouTube and Vimeo). On YouTube alone, users upload more than 72 hours of video every minute. There are many different sites for uploading and sharing video, and Vine is an example of one of the newer ones. Vine is a mobile-based app that allows users to record videos up to six seconds long and immediately … [Read more...]

HRSA WEBINARS ON ENGAGING HARD-TO-REACH POPULATIONS

Beginning later this week, the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host a series of webinars focused on engaging hard-to-reach populations in HIV care. The webinars will synthesize some of the successful practices in engaging hard-to-reach populations from HAB’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) population-specific initiatives, and will provide insights relevant to a wide range of audiences, from clinicians to social workers. Information on the first two of these webinars is … [Read more...]

HIV PREVENTION RESOURCE ALLOCATION MODELING PILOT (HIV RAMP)

The U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) calls on national, state and local programs to focus efforts in communities where HIV is concentrated and to target resources on tailored combinations of effective, evidence-based strategies. As jurisdictions work to apply these principles, some have employed resource allocation modeling to help inform their decision making about how best to utilize their available funds so as to maximize the number of new HIV infections averted.  Download MP3 As … [Read more...]

HHS Innovation Update – Health Datapalooza IV, HHS Ignite & More!‏

Data is fuel for innovation, and developers and entrepreneurs are key players who can turn that fuel into innovations that matter. We want to see what you are doing with health data! Be part of the excitiment this year and apply today to be part of Health Datapalooza IV—get exposure for your products and services, network with fellow innovators, and build connections that can help your company grow. Check out a great blog post by U.S. CTO Todd Park and HHS CTO Bryan Sivak on the importance of … [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...]

USA, Affordable Care Act at 3: Holding Insurance Co. Accountable

Affordable Care Act at 3: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable Enacted three years ago, the health care law is making the insurance market work better for you by prohibiting some of the worst insurance industry practices that have kept affordable health coverage out of reach for millions of Americans. As a former state insurance commissioner, I know that for too long, too many hard-working Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to health insurance companies. For … [Read more...]

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