AIDS Action Executive Director Marsha Martin to Direct Washington, D.C., HIV/AIDS Administration
August 25, 2005
District of Columbia Department of Health Director Gregg Pane on Wednesday announced that Marsha Martin, executive director of the national AIDS advocacy group AIDS Action, will serve as the new director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration, the Washington Post reports (Montgomery, Washington Post, 8/25). Pane earlier this month fired former HIV/AIDS Administration Director Lydia Watts amid questions about how the agency handled federal funds. The administration in June was criticized in an audit by the district's inspector general for inadequately overseeing organizations that deliver services to HIV-positive residents. In addition, a report released earlier this month by the DC Appleseed Center found that the city's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been inadequate and poorly coordinated. The report said, among other things, that city officials were not systematically collecting and analyzing data about the epidemic and not properly coordinating and supervising the organizations that provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/23). Martin, who has served since 2002 as executive director of AIDS Action, will begin work as director of the city agency on Sept. 7. Before becoming director of AIDS Action, Martin, a district resident, served for three years as special assistant on HIV/AIDS policy to former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.
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