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Ending the Epidemic: Sad News
By Paul A. Kawata
March 27, 2012

My father has a leaky heart valve. Due to his advanced age and other health issues, the doctors have no more options. We're bringing him home. We have hospice to manage his pain and family to comfort his soul. After many hospital visits and memorials, I've learned too much about death. However, this knowledge doesn't stop the anger, pain and sadness. I'm on a plane to Seattle. I'm going home to support my mom, sister and our hospice nurse, and to tell my father I love him.

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Once Again: Mississippi at a Crossroads in the Fight to End HIV/AIDS
By Luke Versher
March 26, 2012

Once again, Mississippi stands at a crossroads regarding how we will move forward in this fight to end HIV/AIDS in Mississippi. Currently Mississippi needs $2.5 million in matching funds so the health department can receive a full federal grant of $13.5 million for prevention, treatment and care of people living with -- and affected by (which is all of us) -- HIV/AIDS.

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Applications to Volunteer at AIDS 2012 Available April 1st
By Regina Aragón
March 22, 2012

The success of AIDS 2012 will depend heavily on the support of 1,500 to 2,000 volunteers who will fill a range of crucial positions during the conference, including helping coordinate program activities, greeting and registering delegates, staffing various offices and helping in the Global Village.

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Spring Is Coming. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Is Coming.
By Deb LeBel
March 19, 2012

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 20th is the first day of Spring. It is also the day chosen for the annual observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD).

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A Transformative Time for HIV Prevention and Care
By Grant Colfax, M.D., M.P.H.
March 16, 2012

It's a great honor to join an Administration that's done so much to address the HIV epidemic. I especially want to acknowledge ONAP's prior director, Jeff Crowley, for his stellar leadership over the past three years.

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NMAC's Vision to End the AIDS Epidemic in America
By Paul A. Kawata
February 15, 2012

Can we end the AIDS Epidemic? This is the question facing our movement. The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has an outline for a plan that incorporates enhanced technologies. We hope its use will change the course of the epidemic. There is nothing magic about our plan; however, our use of technology, if proven correct, could make a real difference.

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Making History: Eliminating Viral Hepatitis Disparities in the African American Community
By J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E.
February 10, 2012

During February's observance of African American History Month, please join us in working to end the unfortunate history of viral hepatitis' disproportionate impact on the African American community. This Administration is working hard to reduce and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. Unfortunately, viral hepatitis is a health problem that is often overlooked by the public as well as healthcare providers.

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February PACHA Meeting to Focus on Women and Girls
By Christopher Bates, M.P.A.
February 8, 2012

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will convene February 28 and 29 in Washington, DC. Among the many items on the agenda for the 45th meeting of the PACHA, two are of particular note.

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Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
By Valerie Jarrett
February 7, 2012

On this, the 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I remember my sister-in-law's fight with the disease. Tragically, she did not win that fight -- she left behind a devastated husband and five-year old daughter. But it is in her memory, and the memory of all the friends and loved ones we have lost, that we vow to keep working toward the day when HIV/AIDS is history.

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PACHA Blog: CMS Care Innovations Summit
By Christopher Bates, M.P.A.
January 26, 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator are hosting the first "Care Innovations Summit" in Washington, DC today to "showcase innovative work in care delivery and payment." The Summit will bring together leading innovators from inside and outside the healthcare industry to encourage and promote knowledge-sharing, "matchmaking," and engagement to drive transformation of our healthcare system.

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