Jeff Crowley Set to Leave ONAP
By Candace Y.A. Montague
November 4, 2011
Jeff Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, announced yesterday that he is resigning from his post effective in December. He stated that there is never really a good time to leave a position like his and that he is ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Crowley was appointed to the position in 2009 by President Obama. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director for programs at the National Association of People with AIDS, Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar at the University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. In a statement last night at the Road to AIDS 2012 town hall meeting, a somber Crowley told the audience "I'm not going away or disappearing forever. I just want to make sure everyone keeps moving toward a common path to really seize the moment we have right now."
Crowley stated in his email regarding his resignation that he is simply ready to move on from ONAP. He has spent most of his time in office developing and implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He has toured the country, visiting many community meetings, briefings and conferences to collect feedback from a diverse audience that has pledged to support the plan. Crowley said at the town hall meeting that it is important that we all continue with the plan. "We have a strategy now which does provide a roadmap. Hopefully the strategy will provide coordinated steps that we can all do to get better results."
The White House has already begun the process of finding Crowley's successor and Crowley affirms that the President is still fully committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS. He stated in his announcement, "I am very proud of what we have accomplished together and I will leave knowing that we wrote a report that has not been soon forgotten, and we developed an evidence-based plan built on the lessons of the past 30 years that has and will continue to be implemented long after my tenure at ONAP. "
Best of luck to you Mr. Crowley.
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Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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