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...]

7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference

June 30, 2013, was the opening plenary of the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. We asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to share highlights from the conference via Skype. Please see his reflections, below. - See more HERE.   Dr. Dieffenbach will be sharing highlights from the IAS Conference every day, … [Read more...]

INSPIRATIONAL WINDOW – Blessings, as you continue the journey

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Eating Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa – SIGNS, SYMPTOMS, CA– USES, & TREATMENT

Recovering from and Understanding eating disorders Eating disorders are serious and widespread conditions that cause both physical and emotional damage. Contrary to popular belief, eating disorders are not really about food or weight, but rather attempts to control or avoid emotional and stress-related issues. While people with eating disorders usually try to hide the problem, there are warning signs you can watch for. Early treatment makes recovery easier, so talk to your friend or family … [Read more...]

Lymphoma – Symptoms and Treatments

LYMPHOMA - Symptoms and Treatments Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in immune system cells called lymphocytes. Like other cancers, lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes are in a state of uncontrolled cell growth and multiplication. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that move throughout the body in a fluid called lymph. They are transported by a network of vessels that make up the lymphatic system, part of the immune system. The lymphatic system - whose job it is to fight … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Mental Illness: 1 in 4 Suffer (For Women Only)

3 Women's Stories Women in Recovery, a video presented by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board. Three women share their personal recovery stories and how they reclaimed their lives and moved forward in their roles as mother, wife, business owner, worker, and friend. Southwest Connecticut - Norwalk, CT http://www.swrmhb.org Women's mental health: The Facts Depressive disorders account for close to 41.9% of the disability from neuropsychiatric … [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: National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week By Jennie Anderson, AIDS.gov Communications Director Yesterday was not only Mother's Day, but it also was the start of the 12th annual National Women's Health Week (NWHW). According to Nancy C. Lee, MD, Director of the Office on Women's Health: The aim of this day is to raise public awareness about the importance of women's health and encourage women and girls to make their health a top priority. Women are the foundation of many families, but too often we … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Forced Virginity Tests

  WOMEN of our WORLD Take Action!  Forced Virginity Tests in Africa, India and Middle East ... isn't this IMMORAL in itself, as there is zero dignity or respect in the action. Can you imagine being forced to have virginity tests and then if it turns out that you are not a virgin, you would be charged with prostitution? Seems far fetched and downright ridiculous but this is the reality for Egyptian protesters. Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to … [Read more...]

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Asks HHS to Sustain NHAS Momentum

    Sustain NHAS Momentum     Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently sent an important communication to the Department’s leadership regarding HHS-wide efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The message, sent in late January, reiterated that the implementation of the NHAS is a priority for HHS. Secretary Sebelius reminded the heads of her operating divisions and staff divisions that even prior to the release of the NHAS, the HHS Strategic Plan … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Hope

Recovery: Definition & Components Since the mid-1980s, a great deal has been written about mental health recovery from the perspective of the consumer (client), family member and mental health professional. The amount of research of various aspects of recovery continues to grow. Early research by Courtney Harding (1987) and others challenged the belief that severe mental illness is chronic and that stability is the best one could hope for. They discovered there are multiple … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – The Steps of Recovery are FREE FLOATING…..

  12 Steps of Recovery     The First Three Steps are up to You.......... Then, once accomplished, You are Never Alone Again.... just follow the Beam of Light.   www.aa.org     … [Read more...]

NHPC 2011: Connecting HIV Prevention Professionals through Social Media

2011 NHPC: Connecting HIV Prevention Professionals through Social Media     NATIONAL HIV PREVENTION CONFERENCE ALTANTA, GEORGIA AUGUST 14-17,2011   The 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) will be held in Atlanta, August 14-17. The conference will contribute to achieving the three major goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and these goals are reflected in the conference theme; “The Urgency of Now: Reduce incidence. Improve access. Promote equity.” We want you to share your … [Read more...]

Jennie Anderson – Future Federal Directions in Mobile Technology and Health

    Future Federal Directions in Mobile Technology and Health   Mobile health panel, L-R: Katelyn Sabochik, Audie Atienza, Gwynne Kostin, Susannah Fox.      What is the role of mobile technology in Federal government health communication? Where are we going?   At last week's Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council (FHAWC) meeting, we asked four of the leading voices in mobile and public health these questions. We heard from the White House, General Services Administration (GSA) (which works to … [Read more...]

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