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December 08, 2010


Federal HIV/AIDS Funding Formulas Examined

By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

collage of photos from the meeting

Last week, we convened the first in a series of ongoing discussions about the policies, formulas, and other factors that determine how Federal HIV/AIDS resources are allocated across the United States to departments of health, community-based organizations, and other grantees providing HIV/AIDS services. Participating in the discussion were personnel from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). More than 20 HIV community stakeholders representing States, cities, service providers, policy advocates, academia and other perspectives joined in the discussion and offered valuable input. (View a full list of participants [115 KB].)

In pursuit of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s goal of reducing new HIV infections, we must intensify HIV prevention efforts in communities where HIV is most heavily concentrated. This requires that governments at all levels – Federal, State, local and tribal – ensure that HIV/AIDS funding is allocated consistent with the latest epidemiological data and is targeted to the highest prevalence populations and communities. Toward this end, the NHAS Federal Implementation Plan tasked HHS with the responsibility of initiating consultations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HUD, and other departments or agencies as appropriate to develop policy recommendations for revising funding formulas and policy guidance in order to ensure that Federal HIV allocations go to the jurisdictions with the greatest need.

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August 26, 2010


Strategy Update: Regional Health Administrators and Ryan White Grantee Meeting

By Dr. Ron Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Listening Session at Ryan White Grantee Meeting

Listening Session at Ryan White Grantee Meeting

Earlier this week, I was able to join in on the weekly Regional Health Administrator’s call and provide an update on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Many of the Regional Health Administrators and the Regional AIDS Coordinators  are already very familiar with the NHAS and the specific steps called for in the Implementation Plan. They were enthusiastic when I shared that Dr.Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, is very interested in working with HHS Regional Offices to assist in the implementation of the NHAS. Several participants on the call provided examples of other important public health issues, like emergency preparedness and influenza prevention, where  Regional Health Offices have played a critical role in helping to coordinate local and state-level activities. As I mentioned in last week's post, the HHS NHAS Implementation Group met for the first time last week and as our planning progresses, we will have a better sense of how Regional Offices can contribute to the implementation of the Strategy.

Later in the week a number of my colleagues joined me for a “listening session” about the NHAS at the  2010 Ryan White Grantee Meeting in Washington, D.C.  More than 2,500 Ryan White grantee representatives attended this biannual meeting, including direct care providers, program/fiscal administrators, members of planning councils or board members, consumers, and Federal staff. During the conference the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy hosted a session to take comments and questions about the NHAS, Implementation Plan, and HHS Operational Plan. After Christopher Bates, Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, provided an overview of the NHAS, we opened the floor to comments and questions  It was an excellent opportunity for us to hear directly from the HIV community from across the country about their successes, challenges, and concerns with the NHAS. Participants were very positive about the NHAS and the importance of achieving its goals but noted that we must invest in training staff and developing high-quality systems of prevention and care in order to meet the targets.

We look forward to continuing this dialogue about the NHAS at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) Exit Disclaimer next month in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Howard Koh, Mr. Jeff Crowley and I will be joined by David Munar from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Exit Disclaimer , Phill Wilson from the Black AIDS Institute Exit Disclaimer , and other community leaders at the closing session, "The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Taking Steps to Make it Real at the Community Level." If you will be attending USCA, we encourage you to come to the session where you will not only hear from us, but where we look forward to hearing from YOU.

If you are not planning to go to USCA, please use this blog, as well as other online and in-person opportunities to share your thoughts and insights about how we can continue to work together to implement the Strategy.

August 17, 2010


Data Academy: Providing Training and Technical Assistance around HIV Data to Ryan White Grantees and Program Staff

By Michelle Samplin-Salgado, AIDS.gov New Media Strategist

JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. DATAacademy

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of knowing your audiences and their information needs. Our colleagues at the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HAB/HRSA) provide training and technical assistance (TA) to Ryan White grantees and program staff about how to manage data. In response to feedback and a process to identify unmet TA needs, HAB/HSRA developed Data Academy Exit Disclaimer, a series of on-demand, web-based training modules about how to collect, use and share data. We spoke to Mira Levinson, Project Director, to learn how and why they developed Data Academy. Here’s what she had to say:

Data Academy is based on feedback we received from Ryan White grantees and program staff about what kinds of support they needed to help manage, report and use their data. We used the POST strategy to figure out exactly what information would be most important to convey, and the most effective way for grantees to access the information.

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February 11, 2010


Responding to Concerns Over Ryan White Emergency Housing Policy

Posted by Mary Wakefield
Cross-posted from Office of HIV/AIDS Policy Blog

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today that it is rescinding enforcement of its 24-month cumulative cap on short-term and emergency housing assistance under the Ryan White program. This is a temporary step pending a broader review of Ryan White housing policies. See the announcement in the Federal Register. (PDF 49 KB)

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