AIDS United Needs Your Help!
AIDS United wants to hear YOUR story about the impacts of sequestration and the $1.5 trillion in cuts already enacted by Congress! We are currently compiling stories about the real effects that drastic budget cuts and the sequester have had on people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Members of Congress need to know that the decisions they make have real, drastic impacts! Please use the following questions to frame your story:
- What has life been like for you/your organization/your community before these budget cuts?
- What are the indicators that sequestration may already be having an effect on you/your organization/your community?
- What will the results be for you/your organization/your community if sequestration is fully realized?
- What will you/your organization/your community do if the drastic budget cuts enacted in the sequester are not replaced with a more responsible and balanced solution?
You can send your stories to email@example.com. Please keep stories to 500 words, and include a headshot if possible!
Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Report on Updating Ryan White Program in Light of Affordable Care Act
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a report authored by Jeffrey Crowley of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Jen Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation titled “Updating the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for a New Era: Key Issues and Questions for the Future.” The report details the current challenges and opportunities for the future of the Ryan White Program within the context of the Affordable Care Act. AIDS United is actively engaged in the conversation surrounding the future of the Ryan White Program and will be providing follow-up to this report in the near future.
Upcoming Ryan White Program Reauthorization Webinar
HIVHealthReform.org, AIDS United, and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) are hosting a webinar and conference call focusing on Ryan White Program reauthorization and possible steps forward for the program.
Wondering what it will mean if the Ryan White Program isn't reauthorized this year? Who is working to figure out the changes that are needed for the future of the program? How does all this fit in with health care reform? Why is it more important than ever to focus on federal funding for the program, and what can you do to educate your elected officials?
Ann Lefert of NASTAD and Bill McColl of AIDS United – the co-chairs of the Ryan White Work Group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership – will give brief presentations, followed by a question and answer session.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 11:00am PT, 12:00pm MT, 1:00pm CT, 2:00pm ET (please note the correct time for your time zone). Click here to register.
AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association Presents “HIV Criminalization, Immigration and Domestic and Sexual Violence” Teleconference
The AIDS Coordinating Committee of the American Bar Association is hosting a bi-monthly teleconference series on Woman and HIV/AIDS throughout 2013 and will present on “HIV Criminalization, Immigration and Domestic and Sexual Violence” on Friday, April 26, 2013. Speakers include Catherine Hannssens, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy; Allison Nichol, Special Counsel in the Office of the Associate Attorney General at the US Department of Justice; and Leslye Orloff, Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP).
The teleconference will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 12:00-1:00pm EST. The dial-in number for the event is (877)317-0419, and the access code is 265 842 38.
2013 Johnson & Johnson /UCLA Healthcare Executive Program Now Accepting Applications
The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) is a management and leadership development program for executive directors and leaders of Community Health Centers (CHCs) and AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). The HCEP is especially designed and valuable for ASOs and CHCs that need to prepare for and adapt to the changes in service delivery and healthcare financing related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as how the ACA will impact the future of traditional AIDS service funding mechanism like the Ryan White Care Act. The program will take place July 7-17, 2013, and the deadline to submit an application is 5:00pm PT on May 15, 2013.
You can learn more about the program, upcoming informational calls, and application directions by clicking here.
Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Seeking Respondents for Housing Work Group Survey
The Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Housing Work Group survey is seeking respondents! Please take a few minutes to answer some questions about how HIV/AIDS housing programs are working in your community and how you’re preparing for the potential changes in federal funding. This will help the group as they chart their course for the coming year. You can take the survey here.
If you have questions, please contact Jason Wise of AIDS Project Los Angeles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Launches New National Hepatitis Testing Day Website
May 19, 2013, is the second national Hepatitis Testing Day, and in order to support and promote the events and activities surrounding the day, the CDC has launched a new national Hepatitis Testing Day webpage. The new website allows people to search for Hepatitis Testing Day events near them during the month of May, which is also Hepatitis Awareness Month.
Hepatitis Testing Day is a day for people at risk to be tested, and for health care providers to educate patients about chronic viral hepatitis and testing. Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected.
You can read more about the initiative here.