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On Mr. Crowley's Departure, Our Appreciation

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

December 16, 2011

President Obama and Jeffrey Crowley.

This article was cross-posted from the blog.

This month, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley ends his tenure as President Obama's Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, positions he has held since 2009. We acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Jeff's significant contributions to fulfilling the President's commitment to develop the United States' first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Since the Strategy's release in July 2010, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jeff and his colleagues in ONAP to implement the Strategy across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other lead Federal Departments.

Jeff often observes that he has accomplished nothing alone, pointing to the unprecedented levels of stakeholder input into the development of the Strategy and the tremendous commitment of time, energy, innovation, and dedication that we've witnessed at all levels of government, in the community, and from the private sector since the NHAS was released.  But it is important to acknowledge that these outcomes were strengthened by Jeff's thoughtful and steady leadership.  

We wish Jeff all the best -- including a well-deserved vacation -- and know that he will remain a strong advocate for all of us who want to make the vision of the NHAS a reality in our Nation:

The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination

Jeff recently shared his thoughts with in this video interview, reflecting on the NHAS and looking ahead to opportunities for the HIV/AIDS community to continue advancing the Strategy's goals.

Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., is deputy assistant secretary for health, infectious diseases and director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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