On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2 pm, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and HHS will provide an update on the framework for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and provide an opportunity for participants to meet the Federal HIV/AIDS Interagency Working Group. This group is made up of representatives from agencies working on HIV/AIDS across the Federal government, including White House offices, and is responsible for developing the NHAS.
The meeting will also include a briefing on the results from a series of community discussions held over the last few months by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and HHS. If you attend the meeting, you will have an opportunity to participate in informal breakout sessions and have one-on-one conversations with members of the Interagency Working Group.
What is the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
President Barack Obama has pledged to develop and implement a national HIV/AIDS strategy (NHAS), and has emphasized three primary goals:
- Reducing HIV incidence
- Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes
- Reducing HIV-related health disparities
The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) oversees NHAS development and has been soliciting input through a series of community discussions across the U.S. in 2009-2010. ONAP works to coordinate an increasingly integrated approach to prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. For more information, see ONAP's National AIDS Strategy.
ONAP also works with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP), which advises the Assistant Secretary for Health and senior HHS officials on the following: the appropriate and timely implementation and development of HIV/AIDS policy; the establishment of priorities; and the solid implementation of HIV/AIDS programs, activities, and initiatives across other HHS health agencies.
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) also provides policy recommendations on the Federal response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The PACHA site provides information on past and upcoming events, reports, and policy recommendations.