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Community Representatives Share Thoughts With 12 Cities Project Steering Committee

By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.

May 11, 2011

Dr. Ronald Valdiserri.

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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services' 12 Cities Project Steering Committee met with several community representatives (PDF 35KB) to discuss the project and explore opportunities to encourage stronger cross-agency collaboration at the local level.

My Federal colleagues -- from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Indian Health Service (IHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -- and I were heartened to hear ongoing support for and optimism about the potential of the 12 Cities Project to improve HIV/AIDS outcomes. Certainly, the conversation was not without questions and concerns about ongoing challenges and the need for continued discussion and problem solving. A number of important observations were shared during our two-hour discussion, including the following:

These thoughtful recommendations and perspectives provided the Steering Committee with much to consider as we continue to work with governmental and non-governmental partners to operationalize the NHAS in these 12 jurisdictions, and throughout the United States.

Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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