What is PACHA?
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & 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.
This includes advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding the development and implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Information on the next meeting, most recent meeting, and/or current announcements about PACHA are provided here.
March 8-9, 2021
The 70th PACHA Meeting will convene virtually on Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM (ET) on both days.
A public comment session will be held during the meeting and PACHA members would like to hear from you, specifically:
- What are the most meaningful actions that can be taken to implement the HIV National Strategic Plan and improve implementation of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative at the national level and in your community to meet the goal of ending HIV?
- How can domestic HIV/AIDS programs better meet the needs of underserved communities and address the systemic barriers that communities face in order to achieve the goals of the President’s Executive Order Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities?
Pre-registration is required to provide public comment during the meeting. To pre-register to attend or to provide public comment, please send an email to PACHA@hhs.gov and include your name, organization, and title by close of business Monday, March 1, 2021. If you decide you would like to provide public comment but do not pre-register, you may submit your written statement by emailing PACHA@hhs.gov by close of business Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The meeting agenda will be posted on HIV.gov several days prior to the meeting. To watch the PACHA meeting, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/live/index.html.
December 2-3, 2020
The 69th PACHA Meeting will convene virtually on December 2-3, 2020 from 1:00-5:00 PM (ET) on both days. To watch the meeting, please tune into: https://www.hhs.gov/live/index.html. If you decide you would like to provide public comment but did not pre-register, you may submit your written statement by emailing PACHA@hhs.gov by close of business Thursday, December 10, 2020.
- Full Council Summary (PDF 1.3 MB)
- Federal Register Notice
- Agenda (PDF 229 KB)
- Resolution in Appreciation for Beginning the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative (PDF 451 KB)
- View the video of the meeting
How the Council Performs Its Work
Subcommittees consisting of members of PACHA may be established to perform specific functions within the Council's jurisdiction. Subcommittees make preliminary recommendations for consideration of the full council. Currently, PACHA consists of three subcommittees: The Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and the Updated National HIV Strategy Subcommittee, Stigma and Disparities Subcommittee, and the Global Subcommittee. The Department Committee Management Officer is notified upon establishment of each subcommittee and is provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.
Management and support services are provided by the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Meetings are held at the call of the Chair(s), with the advance approval of a full-time Government official, who also approves the agenda. A Government official is present at all meetings.