Addressing the HIV Epidemic Among Gay Men of all Races and Ethnicities

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

Engaging Gay Men/MSM

In May, during our 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders in Washington, D.C., we hosted a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of addressing the prevention and care needs of gay men in the era of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), High Impact Prevention (HIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The following is an interview with Isaiah Webster, Senior Manager, Health Equity and Prevention at NASTAD, and James Markiewicz, Director, Maine HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program, who shared their reflections on the session. Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): Preparing HIV and Viral Hepatitis Programs for Implementation

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

In May at our 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders in Washington, D.C., we had an opportunity to hear from federal and state leaders about Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation and its impact on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis program providers. Below is an interview with Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access at NASTAD and Maria Courogen, Director of Infectious Disease and Reproductive Health at the Washington State Department of Health who shared their highlights of the discussion. Continue reading

Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

In May, during our 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders in Washington, D.C., we hosted a discussion on addressing the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes. The following is an interview with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry and sociomedical sciences at Columbia University, who shared highlights from her presentation.

NASTAD: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, Dr. Fullilove. Could you share with us the key highlights from your talk on the social determinants of health? Continue reading

Former Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health John Auerbach Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Unwavering Leadership in Response to the Domestic HIV/AIDS Epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013
Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org

Julie Scofield and John Auerbach

Julie Scofield, NASTAD Executive Director and John Auerbach

Washington, DC – The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recognized John Auerbach with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders last month. The meeting takes place every May in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Auerbach is the former Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health where he oversaw more than 3,000 employees that included four public health hospitals, the State Laboratory, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic units addressing chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, environmental health, tobacco control, children and adolescent health, and emergency preparedness. Continue reading

Iowa AIDS Director and Outgoing NASTAD Chair Randy Mayer and Texas AIDS Director Ann Robbins Honored for Outstanding Leadership in Response to the Domestic HIV/AIDS Epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013
Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org

Ann Robbins and Randy Mayer

Left to right: Murray Penner, NASTAD Deputy Executive Director, Ann Robbins (TX), Randy Mayer (IA), Julie Scofield, NASTAD Executive Director

Washington, DC – Ann Robbins, Manager of the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services and Randy Mayer, Chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis at the Iowa Department of Public Health were honored with the 2013 Nicholas A. Rango Leadership Award by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) at its 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders last month. The meeting takes place every May in Washington, D.C. The award is named for one of NASTAD’s founding members, Nicholas A. Rango, MD, PhD, who was director of the New York State AIDS Institute before his death of AIDS in 1993. NASTAD gives this award to recognize the state AIDS director, state and territorial health department staff member, or NASTAD staff member who best exemplifies Dr. Rango’s qualities of superior intelligence, dedication, activism in government, and impatience in leading the fight against HIV/AIDS and/or viral hepatitis. Continue reading