World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), like the rest of us, has had to adapt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and find new ways to continue its important work. The Council, which typically convenes in-person, recently held two virtual meetings and welcomed two new members.
PACHA held its 67th meeting virtually on June 1 and 2, 2020. Among the issues they explored were:
As a follow-up to that meeting, the Council convened the 68th meeting on August 6, 2020, during which PACHA members discussed and unanimously voted in favor of three resolutions for the Department of Health and Human Services’ review and consideration:
“It is no secret that we are living in unprecedented times – the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) has caused a public health crisis globally while simultaneously shining a light on national health disparities that some of us knew existed through our HIV work. So while we are collectively working double duty to address new and existing challenges, we are reminded that the HIV epidemic remains critical and our work must continue to achieve the goals outlined in the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America,” remarked Kaye Hayes, MPA, Principal Deputy Director of the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy and Executive Director of PACHA. We are gratefulto PACHA leadership and members, federal partners, and external stakeholders for your unwavering dedication during these historic times.”
During the June and August virtual meetings, two new PACHA members were sworn-in by ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health:
To learn more about the new PACHA members, please visit: https://www.hiv.gov/federal-response/pacha/members-staff.