IHS HIV Leadership -- Changes & Resources

Content From: Miguel Gomez, Director, AIDS.gov, and Senior Communications Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.govPublished: July 22, 20161 min read


Today, we share some news from the Indian Health Service (IHS). This month, Lisa Neel, MPH, (Cherokee) has moved from her position as the lead voice of the IHS HIV/AIDS Programs to the Tribal Epidemiology Centers Program at IHS.

In six-plus years at the IHS National HIV/AIDS Program, Lisa has strengthened the foundation of our response to the HIV epidemic within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Her service in federal work groups, her steady

Lisa Neel - hedshot - March 2016
Lisa Neel, Indian Health Service

communication with local program staff and community members, and her work to improve access to, and quality of, HIV care are just a few examples of her leadership. We also commend her work to expand the Program’s response to the viral hepatitis epidemic.

This week, HIV.gov’s Director, Miguel Gomez, spoke with Lisa about IHS’ HIV resources and about her new work at the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention in the Office of Public Health Support.

Lisa shared information about a new HIV/AIDS prevention and care funding opportunity available to Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian organizations. The funding is intended to meet American Indian and Alaska Native community needs to improve HIV prevention and care.

For information on IHS’ HIV work and resources, contact Mr. Rick Haverkate, Richard.haverkate@ihs.gov or click here.