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

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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

Lynda M. Dee Honored with Partnership Award for Tireless Work in Advancing Access to Life-Saving Treatment for People Living with HIV and Hepatitis

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Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org

Lynda Dee

Left to right: Murray Penner, NASTAD Deputy Executive Director and Lynda M. Dee

Washington, DC – The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recognized Lynda M. Dee with a Partnership 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. Ms. Dee is a founder of AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB), a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and education of people with HIV and the prevention of HIV. AAB provides educational, financial, and emotional support for people with HIV and HIV prevention services in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Ms. Dee is also a licensed attorney in Maryland and assists people living with HIV with legal issues. Continue reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Honored with Partnership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Response to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

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

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Washington, DC– The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recognized Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13th District) with the Partnership 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. Barbara Lee is a long-standing member of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been a champion of HIV/AIDS on a variety of issues both domestic and global.

“Barbara has long been a champion of efforts to end HIV/AIDS and advance human rights here at home and abroad. Her achievements in Congress and in the HIV community are unquestionable,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield.

Over the years, Rep. Lee has:

  • Been a key sponsor in establishing and supporting the Minority AIDS Initiative.
  • Been an active member of the House Appropriations Committee, fighting for funding for both domestic and global HIV programs in her role on both the Labor-HHS and the State-Foreign Ops Subcommittees. Continue reading

The Future of Health Department HIV and Hepatitis Programs

By Dawn Fukuda, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and NASTAD Chair (Incoming)

Dawn Fakuda

Dawn Fukuda, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and NASTAD Chair

For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have catalyzed the beginning of a radical transformation in our healthcare systems for communities impacted by HIV and hepatitis. In particular, the ACA represents an opportunity for the country to expand access to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis prevention, medical care, and health promotion services in profound and impactful ways. The systems-level changes advanced in the legislation also require state health departments to reassess their role in the context of an evolving health care system and the other sources of financing that may become available to support what have historically been public health functions—this is particularly the case for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention and care services. Continue reading