As the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment got underway, HIV.gov began our coverage of conference highlights with an interview about the latest data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. We spoke with Heather Hauck and Miranda Fanning of HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau about the latest results from the annual Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's client-level data report, which Heather had discussed during a plenary session at the conference. Heather is HRSA's Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and Miranda is the Chief of HAB's Data Management and Analysis Branch in the Division of Policy and Data. They spoke with their colleague CAPT Jeanean Willis Marsh who is the Director of HAB's Office of Program Support.
During their conversation, they shared highlights of health outcomes and demographic trends documented by the client level data report. This included the record-high proportion of clients who have achieved viral suppression (85.9% in 2017). They also discussed some of demographic analysis contained in the report including information on clients by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender identity. Heather and Miranda also discussed how HAB and recipients of funding through the Ryan White Program make use of data like this to further strengthen the program. View the recording of their Facebook Live conversation below.
Read the related post from HRSA/HAB.
The biennial conference is sponsored and organized by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), which administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). With about 4,000 participants gathered just outside of Washington, DC, it is the largest national conference for comprehensive HIV care and treatment providers, RWHAP recipients and subrecipients, people living with HIV, and other stakeholders. During the conference, they're learning about the programmatic and scientific advances in HIV care, treatment, and prevention; sharing best practices; and highlighting innovative models of care to continue making progress toward ending the HIV epidemic. The 2018 conference theme, Catalyzing Success: Advancing Innovation. Leveraging Data. Ending the HIV Epidemic., recognizes the RWHAP's commitment to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy's goals.