March PACHA Meeting in DC to Focus on EHE, Substance Misuse & HIV, Community Engagement, and More

Content From: HIV.govPublished: March 21, 20234 min read



The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will convene for its 76th full council meeting on Wednesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 30, 2023, in-person in Washington, DC, and virtually. Following opening remarks by ADM Rachel Levine, MD, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, the topics on the agenda include:

  • Updates from the White House: Harold Phillips, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), will provide a response to PACHA’s recommendations on molecular HIV surveillance and cluster detection and response made during the Council’s prior meeting. He will also share updates on implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
  • Federal updates on the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative: Leaders from multiple agencies will provide updates on implementation of the EHE initiative and other HIV-related activities. Representatives from ACL, CDC, CMS, HRSA BPHC, HRSA HAB, HUD, IHS, NIH, and SAMHSA are scheduled to appear.
  • Global HIV response: Dr. Mamadi Yilla, Deputy Coordinator for Multisector Relations in the State Department’s Office of the Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator, will share a PEPFAR update, followed by a panel discussion on addressing HIV-related stigma through bi-directional learning across global and domestic HIV programs.
  • Mpox update: Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, White House National Mpox Response Deputy Coordinator and Director of CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention, will share an update on the ongoing national response to the mpox outbreak.
  • Blood donor policy update: FDA’s Dr. Peter Marks will review the recent FDA proposal to change from time-based deferrals to assessing blood donor eligibility using gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV.
  • Substance misuse, drug overdoses, and HIV: Representatives from CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse will deliver a federal update on the topic, followed by a panel offering community perspectives on addressing substance misuse and HIV.

View the full agenda on the About PACHA page on

Share Your Ideas During a PACHA-to-the-People Community Engagement Session

During the first day of this meeting, the Council wants to hear ideas about how to improve our nation’s response to the domestic HIV epidemic from community members, including people with or experiencing risk for HIV; people working in programs that provide HIV prevention, testing, or care services; and other stakeholders in local, state, and national responses to HIV. This session will take place Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 4:45 pm–5:45 pm (ET). Members of the DC-area community are especially encouraged to join in and share their ideas and feedback. Individuals can provide their feedback in person or via video conference. To participate in this PACHA-to-the-People conversation, please register hereExit Disclaimer.

In addition to the PACHA-to-the-People listening session, elsewhere on the agenda individuals will be able to provide public comments. The public comment session will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 3:45 pm-4:30 pm (ET). Pre-registration is required to provide public comment. To pre-register, please email and include your name, organization, and title by close of business Wednesday, March 22, 2023. If you did not pre-register but would like to submit public comment, please email your written statement to Caroline Talev at by close of business Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Meeting Details

The details about the 76th full PACHA meeting are:

  • Dates/Times
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023, from 9:00 am–6:00 pm (ET)
    • Thursday, March 30, 2023, from 9:00 am–2:30 pm (ET).
  • Location of in-person meeting: Hubert Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Registration requested: Due to limited seating, pre-registration for individuals attending in-person is encouraged. To register, please email your name, title and organization/affiliation to by close of business on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
  • Virtual access to the meeting: The meeting will be livestreamed. To watch the meeting online, please visit


The PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding programs, policies, and research to promote effective treatment, prevention and cure of HIV disease and AIDS, including considering common co-morbidities of those infected with HIV as needed to promote effective HIV prevention and treatment and quality services to persons living with HIV disease and AIDS. Learn more about PACHA and its members.