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Learn How to Participate in the White House's HIV/AIDS Community Discussions on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

September 16, 2009

National HIV/AIDS Community Discussions: One of the President's top HIV/AIDS policy priorities is the development and implementation of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). There are three primary goals for the NHAS:

  • Reducing HIV incidence
  • Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes
  • Reducing HIV-related health disparities

The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will hold a series of fourteen forums from late summer through the end of 2009 in various regions of the country with diverse communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. These forums will provide opportunities for the public to provide White House staff and other policy makers with their recommendations for achieving the President's three goals for the NHAS.

Date and Time: Monday, September 21, 2009 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: The University of the District of Columbia Auditorium,(Building 46 on campus map 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington DC 20008
(Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line Metro -- see link to campus map)

Registration: Individuals interested in attending the Community Discussion may RSVP online at: Please feel free to add this link to your website and distribute it widely to others who may be interested.

The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance developed a tool for participants to prepare for the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy Community Discussions on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the first of which was held in Atlanta during the National HIV Prevention Conference.

To view and print a PDF of the tool, which also contains background info on the NHAS, please click here.

Additional information, including a slide presentation & audio recording of the 'training' seminar held by CHAMP (Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project) on "speaking out"/developing an effective testimony, can be found at this link:

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This article was provided by Campaign to End AIDS.
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