Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Announces New Members

Content From: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services NewsroomPublished: March 14, 20192 min read


Members of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AID were sworn in on March 14.

Cross-posted from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Newsroom

Meeting to be held March 14-15

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new members to its Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The council will meet on March 14, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5p.m., and on March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The two-day meeting will take place at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

PACHA provides advice, information and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on programs, policies and research to promote effective treatment and prevention methods and quality services to people living with HIV and AIDS, including those affected by common co-morbidities.

“PACHA will play a critical role in our collective response to this public health issue, particularly in the wake of the recently proposed Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, said Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for health.

“More than 1 million Americans are living with HIV and nearly 40,000 are newly diagnosed with the virus each year,” Dr. Giroir said. “Working together, we have the opportunity to tackle some big issues, and I know our new members are up to the task.”

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person (based on space available) or watch via webcast. For more information, visit the PACHA webpage.

PACHA’s members represent a diverse set of stakeholders with expertise across the field of HIV. They are:


Carl Schmid, M.B.A. (Co-Chair)
Deputy Executive Director
The AIDS Institute

John Wiesman, Dr.PH., M.P.H. (Co-Chair)
Secretary of Health
Washington State Department of Health

Gregg H. Alton, J.D.
Chief Patient Officer
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Wendy Holman
CEO and Co-Founder
Ridgeback Biotherapeutics

Marc Meachem, M.B.A.
Head, External Affairs North America
ViiV Healthcare

Rafaelé Roberto Narváez
Co-Founder and Director of Health Programs
Latinos Salud

Michael Saag, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Global Health, UAB School of Medicine
Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for AIDS Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine

John Sapero
Office Chief, HIV Prevention Program
Arizona Department of Health Services

Robert Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc.
Professor and Head, Dermatology
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Justin C. Smith, M.P.H.
Ph.D. Candidate
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

Ada Stewart, RPh, M.D., FAAFP, AAHIVS, HMDC
Lead Provider and HIV Specialist
Eau Claire (South Carolina) Cooperative Health Centers\

Read more about the PACHA members.