White House to Hold Public Forums on National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The White House is planning a public forum on its national strategy with regard to HIV/AIDS:

Whaids "On Monday, September 21st, the next National HIV/AIDS Community Discussion will be held in Washington, D.C. These Discussions, hosted by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), offer the public a chance to provide input as the White House works to fulfill the President’s pledge to develop a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

With more than 56,000 new HIV infections occurring in the United States each year, the President believes that we must re-focus national attention on the domestic epidemic. He has articulated three goals for the NHAS: reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. The national HIV/AIDS community discussions are just one mechanism for engaging the American people and obtaining input. The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will also provide input, and public comments submitted to the ONAP website will also be taken into consideration."

Jeffrey S. Crowley, M.P.H., Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy,

Dr. Shannon Hader, Director of DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS Administration, and 
Wallace Corbett (Moderator), DC Ryan White Planning Council are participating at the discussion, which will be held at  The University of the District of Columbia Auditorium — building 46 on this map, on September 21 from 6-8 pm.

The discussion is open to the public, with an RSVP. Those interested can sign up here. The forum will be moving to other cities as well in the future — Albuquerque, NM, Columbia, SC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, CA, and Virgin Islands — but only D.C. has been scheduled thus far.

Posted September 18, 2009 at 10:12am ETC by Andy Towle
in AIDS/HIV, Barack Obama, News