Michigan's HIV Testing Scandal
March 7, 2013
In researching alleged 2011 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) data breaches, investigative reporter Todd Heywood discovered that MDCH "secretly collected personal information
To learn about MDCH collection of confidential HIV testing information, Heywood submitted multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and he also asked to attend a March 6 mandatory meeting for all Michigan agencies that receive federal funding for HIV prevention and testing through MDCH grants. Although meeting organizers initially denied Heywood's request because he is not a grantee, he eventually received permission to attend. Heywood states his 300-hour investigation has encompassed 60 e-mail interviews and phone calls, FOIA requests and appeals, and document review.
03.06.2013; Kathy Hoekstra
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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