The HIV Care Continuum Initiative: The Next Step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

Cross-posted from AIDS.gov

Secretary Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett

Three years ago, President Obama announced an historic comprehensive plan to help turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in the United States: the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Strategy has given a new sense of direction, and purpose in our fight against HIV and AIDS.

Since the Strategy’s release, scientific developments have advanced our understanding of how to best fight HIV. We now understand that to prevent long-term complications of HIV, treatment is recommended for all adults and adolescents living with HIV in the United States. Continue reading

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

By Andrew D. Forsyth, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cross-posted from AIDS.gov 

National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant
milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy common core indicators for monitoring HHS-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services and to streamline data collection for HIV services grantees. This approval was the outcome of two years of cross-agency work to respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s call to standardize data collection and reduce grantee reporting requirements.  The Secretary’s approval of these plans paves the way for their implementation in Fiscal Year 2014, beginning on October 1, 2013.  This first step to reduce grantee reporting burden will enable HIV grantees to focus more time and attention on providing high quality HIV prevention, treatment, and care services. Continue reading