A Letter to President Obama, in Response to Release of National AIDS Strategy
Kawata Says, "The Blueprint Is There ... But Now Attention Must Shift to Resources."
July 13, 2010
Washington, D.C. -- Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) responds to Tuesday's release of the National AIDS Strategy with a letter to President Obama:
Honorable Barack H. Obama
Dear President Obama,
On behalf of the 180 national and community based organizations (see list below) on the frontlines of this epidemic, thank you for your leadership and commitment to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Each of us stands here in the footprints of so many heroes we've lost to HIV/AIDS. Our friends who fought so hard in the early days could probably never imagine a President holding a reception at the White House to honor the HIV/AIDS community. Most would have loved to be part of this event. We miss them and will never forget the sacrifices they made so that we can be here today.
In the first 18 months of your administration the travel ban on those living with HIV was removed, restrictions on the use of federal funds to support needle exchange were removed, the Ryan White Care Act was reauthorized, and $30.4 Million was set aside as part of the Prevention and Wellness Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention. However, we've also had our challenges in ensuring adequate funding for PEPFAR and other international HIV/AIDS initiatives.
As you implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), we ask that the first thing you address is the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) funding crisis. We appreciate the $25 million to see us through September 30, 2010; however, we are concerned that is not a long term solution and will only get us through a limited period. As of July 8th, 2010, 2291* Individuals are on the waiting list. This number does not include individuals in states that either don't keep waiting lists, have significantly reduced the drug formulary or have significantly changed the income eligibility levels. On July 1st, Georgia became the 12th state to close enrollment and start a waiting list. Ohio changed its income eligibility levels so that more then 1000 HIV/AIDS patients will lose their benefits. New Jersey also changed its income eligibility levels so that 947 HIV/AIDS patients will lose their benefits. Without an immediate solution, other states will follow.
As you consider solutions, please make it
We look forward to the reviewing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the opportunity to work with your administration to ensure its implementation across the country. Thank you for your support and leadership.
A Brave New Day
A Family Affair
ACT UP Philadelphia
Action for a Better Community
Advocates For Youth
African American Hispanic Health Education Resource Center
AID For AIDS Nevada
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
AIDS Care Services, Inc
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG)
The AIDS LIFE Campaign
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
AIDS Project of Central Iowa
AIDS Resources of Rural Texas
AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC)
Albany Damien Center
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Asian Media Access
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum San Francisco, CA
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Aspirations Wholistic Tutorial Services
Baton Rouge AIDS Society
Bienestar Human Services
Black AIDS Institute
The Black Women's Health Imperative
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Camden NJ Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Camillus Health Concern, Inc.
Cascade AIDS Project
Central City AIDS Network, Inc.
Central Illinois FRIENDS of People with AIDS
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
William H. Chastang
Christie's Place, Inc.
Citywide Project/Citywide Ministries
Community Access National Network
Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)
Community Information Center, Inc
Comprehensive Health Education
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition
DeKalb Prevention Alliance, Inc
Desert AIDS Project
Gregory W. Edwards, EdD
Eternal Hope Community Development Corporation, Inc.
Family Health Project
Family Planning Association of Puerto Rico
F.L.A.S., INC. Houston, TX
Fort Worth Northside Community Health Center, Inc.
Greater Love Tabernacle
Gregory House Programs
GROUP Ministries, inc.
Harlem United Community AIDS Center
Harmony House, Inc.
Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation
Hermanas de Luna y Sol
HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc.
HIV/AIDS Services for African Americans in Alaska
HIV Care Program
HIV Planning Council Santa Clara County
Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy
Johns Hopkins Local Performance Site
Lark Lands, M.S., Ph.D.
The LaStraw, Inc
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latino Community Services,
Liberty Research Group
Don Little, MPH
The Living Room
LMPHW Specialty Clinic
Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education
Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group
Michigan Positive Action Coalition (MI-POZ)
Minnesota AIDS Project
Minority AIDS Council of Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun Council, Inc.
Missoula AIDS Council
MOCHA Center Inc.
Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Inc.
The NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
National AIDS Fund
National AIDS Housing Coalition
National Association of People with AIDS
National Association of Social Workers
National Latino AIDS Action Network
National Minority AIDS Council
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training
New Jersey Women and AIDS Network
New Destiny Recovery Ministry
New York AIDS Coalition
New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN)
Nightsweats & T-cells, Co
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
One Love Project
Open Door Clinic
David G. Ostrow, MD, PhD
Positive Efforts, Inc
Project Aware at Stanley Street Treatment & Resources
Project HANDLE, Neighborhood House
Project Link of South Florida, Inc.
Proyecto SOL Filadelfia
Puerto Rico Community Network for Clinical Research on AIDS (PR CoNCRA)
Andre Weatherby Rawls
Recovery 2000, Inc.
Redemption Outreach Intl
Regional AIDS Project
Genevieve Rohan, FNP-C, AAHIVMS and Tegest Hailu, MD, AAHIVMS, Hailu/Rohan Family Practice
Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council
S.H.A.P.E. (Stop HIV/AIDS and Addiction through Prevention and Education)
Carlton R. Smith
South Carolina Campaign to End AIDS (SC-C2EA)
South Central Educational Development, Inc
South Jersey AIDS Alliance
South LA Access Center
Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC)
Southwest Louisiana AHEC
Stanley Street Treatment & Resources
St. Luke AME Church/ Treat Me Right Inc.
Suburban HIV/AIDS Consortium (SHAC)
TACTS-THE Association of Clinical Trials Services
Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan
Ti-chee Native AIDS Prevention Project
Total Health Awareness Team
Treat Me Right Inc.
Treatment Access Expansion Project
Treatment Action Group
Two Spirit Society of Denver
U Can Do It 2!
Us Helping Us
Valley AIDS Information Network Inc.
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
West County Health Centers, Inc.
The Women's Collective
Women's Health Center
Women Together For Change
Women Watch Afrika, Inc.
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