February 24, 2011
At a White House event on Monday, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the operational plans prepared by the six Federal agencies tasked with lead responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During the event, he and I also discussed some of the important HIV/AIDS related elements of the President's FY2012 budget that was also released Monday. As complement to the review of domestic HIV/AIDS funding contained in the President's FY 2012 budget that Mr. Crowley shared last week, I wanted to highlight several features of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) FY2012 budget that will support implementation of the Strategy.
The President's budget invests approximately $3.5 billion for domestic HIV/AIDS activities across HHS to expand access to affordable health care and prevention services and align activities with the Strategy. The budget also incorporates a number of policy changes designed to support and accelerate our efforts to achieve the goals of the NHAS. Below are summaries of three of the most significant ones.
a. Placing greater emphasis on effective interventions for people living with HIV including those addressing linkage to and maintenance in medical care; adherence to antiretroviral treatment; and interventions that reduce transmission risk placing greater emphasis on effective community-level, structural, and single session interventions and public health strategies;
b. De-emphasizing intensive individual and small group interventions for at-risk populations that are difficult to bring to scale; and
c. Within CDC's HIV prevention portfolio, combining biomedical, behavioral, and structural approaches and integrating them through program activities and demonstration projects.
As demonstrated by the President's budget, at the Federal level we're doing the hard work of changing how we operate in response to this epidemic. The President's budget reflects these changes, directing resources toward clear priorities consistent with the Strategy, and will support us in advancing efforts toward the Strategy's goals.
Read more about the President's budget and the provisions related to HIV/AIDS.