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Press Release

Reminder -- Sign on! Open Letter to the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference Co-Chairs

February 11, 2009

Dear Reader,

Nearly 150 organizations have endorsed our letter to the National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) chairs, asking them to take clear and deliberate steps to include sessions and discussions from a wide range of federal agencies and departments beyond the CDC, and beyond the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Please take a moment to join us! The deadline for signatures is February 15th.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1837/t/482/signUp.jsp?key=3992

President Obama has promised to "develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies" in this first year of his presidency.

In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will once again lead the bi-annual NHPC. As a national conference, the NHPC must strive to advance HIV prevention with the full force of the federal government. The conference should emphasize cross-governmental collaboration for HIV prevention to achieve this vision.

The Prevention Justice Alliance is asking the conference chairs to take clear and deliberate steps to include sessions and discussions from a wide range of federal agencies and departments beyond the CDC, and beyond the DHHS.

For far too long, an uncoordinated response at the highest levels of government has hampered our HIV prevention efforts. It is time for the CDC to be supported in opening up the NHPC to all aspects of HIV prevention, including a broad range of Federal agencies and departments in the spirit of a comprehensive national AIDS strategy.

Click below to read and sign the letter to the Co-Chairs and Coordinator of the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. We seek individual as well as organizational endorsements.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1837/t/482/signUp.jsp?key=3992

For more information about the letter or the Prevention Justice Alliance, please contact Julie Davids at 212.937.7955 x 70 or jdavids@champnetwork.org.

In solidarity,

Vanessa, Julie, Coco, Josh, Cameron, Waheedah, Laura



  
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This article was provided by Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project.
 
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