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Birmingham Kicks Off First of Five Fall Implementation Dialogues on the NHAS
By Joan Romaine
October 7, 2011

The first of a series of five Implementation Dialogues was held on September 27 in Birmingham, Alabama, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Alys Robinson Stephens Preforming Arts Center. The meeting focused on "Incorporating Prevention and Care Research Into HIV Programs" brought together speakers and panelists from across federal, state and local government, as well as experts from the HIV/AIDS community and research areas. Jeffrey S. Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) welcomed the more than 150 guests, and thanked them for their work in support of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. UAB President Carol Garrison, and Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also spoke. Dr. Koh encouraged participants to make the National HIV/AIDS Strategy real in the southeast and around the country. He recalled the early days of the AIDS epidemic thirty years ago, and the extreme fear and stigma surrounding the treatment of the first patients, and the challenge of providing care with no plan or coordinated approach in place. He noted that while there is still a great deal of stigma and health disparities around HIV/AIDS, there is now a plan of action in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which he said has, "catalyzed the country".

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
By Richard Sorian
September 27, 2011

For many Americans, June 5th was a day of introspection. It was hard to believe that, as of that date, the AIDS epidemic had lasted 30 years and, despite the remarkable advances we have made in medicine, prevention, and care, we are still facing many of the same challenges we did in the early days of HIV/AIDS.

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Why This Year's U.S. Conference on AIDS Is So Essential
By Paul Kawata
September 26, 2011

This article was provided by the National Minority AIDS Council; Paul Kawata is the organization's executive director.

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International AIDS Funding vs. Domestic Funding; The POTUS Must Act NOW!
By Kevin Maloney
September 25, 2011

When PEPFAR was enacted in 2003 under George W Bush we were then talking about funding cuts and ADAP wait-lists. Today, the story is unchanged; in fact the AIDS crisis in America hasn't been as dire since the epidemic began 30 years ago. How is it that we can spend BILLIONS in US taxpayer dollars on overseas initiatives under PEPFAR, but cannot find 100 million to alleviate the current ADAP crisis in the United States? American citizens have fallen by the wayside of this administration's handling of our domestic AIDS crisis.

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Op-Ed: Fighting AIDS -- at the Tipping Point
By Eric Goosby and Mark Dybul
September 21, 2011

Ambassador Eric Goosby, current U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Ambassador Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, co-authored this op-ed published by The Huffington Post on September 14, 2011. The full text of the op-ed follows and can be read online here.

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Engaging People Living With HIV in the Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. and Lauren Broussard, L.G.S.W., M.P.H.
September 14, 2011

None of the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) can be realized without the ongoing support and contributions of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. As part of our ongoing implementation of the NHAS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a consultation in late July with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) to discuss their perspectives on the Strategy and to identify opportunities for their meaningful involvement in an array of activities in pursuit of the Strategy's goals. People living with HIV/AIDS have a long history of advocacy on behalf of services, policies and research for their community. Their leadership has helped bring about many of the advances made over the past 30 years in HIV prevention programs and care and treatment services.

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Your Questions From the White House: 30 Years of AIDS Video Chat
By Robin Joseph
September 13, 2011

Over the summer, collaborated with the White House to host a live video chat to commemorate 30 years of AIDS in the United States. This was a great listening and engaging opportunity for us to learn more about the HIV and AIDS information that our audiences want, and to help plan our future communication activities.

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Latest Update: Registering for the NHAS Implementation Dialogues
By James Albino
September 13, 2011

In two earlier blog posts we outlined the topic and format for a series of regional dialogues that the White House Office of National AIDS Policy will convene to focus attention on issues related to implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. These events will be a forum for Federal, state and local agency representatives, researchers, clinicians, the HIV community, and leaders from the business, foundation, faith and media sectors to share their diverse expertise, and collaborative experience.

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Update: National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Dialogues
By James Albino
September 2, 2011

Our Federal partners, as well as so many community members, people living with HIV, funders, businesses, faith leaders and other stakeholders have demonstrated encouraging support and enthusiasm for the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Strategy). Perhaps one of the most encouraging developments has been the way in which the NHAS has helped steer the national HIV conversation in the direction of the Strategy's goals. States and local jurisdictions have already begun the process of developing their own Strategy and implementation plans.

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Highlights From the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media
By Venton Jones
August 30, 2011

Earlier this month, attended the 5th Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was hosted by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). Naima Cozier, Trainer, presented on geolocation and the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator. She told us, "As public health professionals, HIV/AIDS activists and providers, we can become engulfed in our work and can lose sight of the reality around us. Listening for the day-to-day context of the audience we are trying to reach, can inspire of innovation and new ideas that will hopefully lead to an increased impact of our health messages."

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