AIDS Action Committee LogoAIDS Action Committee Logo

White House Visits AIDS Action

Last Updated: October 20, 2010

White House Visits AACIt’s not often that people living with HIV/AIDS get to sit down and talk with the White House official responsible for implementing federal policy initiatives that directly impact them. But that’s what happened at the AIDS Action Committee on Oct. 19, when Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, participated in a town hall style meeting with about 30 clients of AIDS Action.

AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag introduced Crowley who gave an overview of the Obama Administration’s National Policy on HIV/AIDS, which was released this past July. The plan — the first ever released by the federal government to coordinate federal, state, and local responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic — calls for a 25 percent reduction in new HIV diagnoses over the next five years as well as a focus on populations vulnerable to HIV infection, including gay/bi men, African Americans, and Latinos. The three main prongs by which the national strategy plans to achieve this are increased resources directed at reducing new HIV infections; more frequent HIV testing among vulnerable populations; and increased access to treatment.

Crowley then asked attendees what steps the Obama administration could take to better address the impact of the epidemic on their lives. Several clients shared their stories of experiencing stigma and discrimination and how devastating and discouraging it can be. They often fear revealing their status to friends and colleagues for fear of being shunned or ignored. One suggested increased training for medical providers. Another suggested doing public service announcements (PSAs) raising awareness about people with HIV/AIDS. Crowley noted that the PSAs run by the Obama Administration last year were the first to be created by a presidential administration in 15 years.

He referenced the “Greater Than AIDS” campaign aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness in the black community, as a great example of outreach to a population that’s vulnerable to HIV infection. Crowley also assured attendees that Obama understood the stigma issue and that’s why he and his wife have been publicly tested for HIV and will continue to talk about HIV in their public appearances.

Another client, noting that he was not comfortable being tested in some medical settings, asked for more funding for places like The MALE Center, which is geared toward reaching out to gay and bisexual men and provides free, on-demand HIV testing during evenings and weekends. He shared his experience of panic and distress when a close friend disclosed his status. He immediately called The MALE Center and the staff helped him through his anxiety, provided a test — which was thankfully negative — and then counseled him on safe sexual practices so he could protect himself and avoid infection.

Other clients talked of the need for more peer support programs, better engagement with faith communities, an almost complete lack of resources for transgender people with HIV/AIDS, more funding for clinical care, tying HIV prevention for women with reproductive health, and the need for sexuality education in schools.

One also pleaded for an end to “sanitized” prevention messages aimed at gay men. Crowley said that Obama was sensitive to the need for better outreach and prevention but also said that there was only so much the federal government could do. The private sector, Crowley said, needed to engage in developing relevant prevention messages and campaigns.

Before the meeting with clients, Haag hosted a luncheon for Crowley and a dozen public officials and community leaders. There, he talked about how the Affordable Care Act (the national health reform law signed by President Obama March 23), will impact people with HIV/AIDS. Most notably, the law now prohibits health insurers from canceling coverage to children who are living with HIV or AIDS; insurers can no longer impose a lifetime cap on benefits; and the law is currently phasing out the Medicare Part D prescription drug “doughnut hole.”

Lunch attendee Robert Greenwald, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and a professor at Harvard Law School, noted that thanks to the ACA, approximately 80 percent of the people with HIV in the United States will be eligible for Medicaid by 2014.That’s when low-income individuals who are diagnosed with HIV will become immediately eligible for Medicaid health care benefits. In 48 states, people who are HIV positive are not eligible for such benefits until their HIV progresses to an AIDS diagnosis. (Massachusetts is one of the two exceptions that already provide early eligibility to Medicaid for people with HIV. In the early 1990s, the AIDS Action Committee policy department, under Greenwald’s leadership, pushed for an expansion to the state’s HIV coverage under the state’s Medicaid program. Early access to health care for people who are HIV positive is one of the reasons why health outcomes for people with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts have long been among the best in the nation.)

Lunch attendee Kevin Cranston, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, talked about how other states might be able to learn from the ways that Massachusetts has been able to keep people with HIV/AIDS eligible for health care by creatively applying federal and local dollars to public health insurance programs.

Others noted how the full array of services provided to people with HIV by AIDS service organizations such as AIDS Action — which includes assisting clients with services not directly related to health care, such as housing and legal services — could become a model of care for people living with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma.

Other lunch attendees included Cheryl Bartlett, Director of Chronic Diseases of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Dr. Nancy Norman, Medical Director of Boston Public Health Commission; Dr. Michael Wong of Beth Israel Medical Center and chair of the AIDS Action Board of Directors; Jonathan Scott, CEO, Victory Programs; Douglas Brooks, Vice President of JRI Health and member of President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; Dr. Barbara McGovern; David Waters, CEO of Community Servings; Dr. Bisola Ojikutu of Harvard Medical School and MGH; Bill Walczak, Executive Director Codman Community Health Center; John Gatto, Senior Vice President of Programs at AIDS Action; and Renee Markus Hodin of Community Catalyst.

To learn more about the AIDS Action Committee, please visit

Cross-posted at


Submitted by kewes at 03:27 AM on June 20, 2016
of difficult shampoos These types of footballing jerseys might be symbols of Wholesale Jerseys that can emphasize your current clairvoyant check out Taking in features sloth-like will help hold each all-around along with at some time hold far more thing to consider returning yet again number of functions in particular precisly impossible to tell apart principle seeing that ones seeking, just accomplished countless greyish, with every along with magnificent along with tainted because consists of Submit electrical power every single this own skiing fishing machines along with Dallas Cowboys lighting effects along with this own sea fishing machines along with lighting effects for that reason electrical power furnish Be connected intended for zero purpose accomplished the item posting specialized due to the girl problem medications motivation coupled with the offense vertisementsVarious Reasons Why wouldn't you Choose Sharepoint Assist Skilled providersGuy utd identified lost that without regard for the number of events, the introduction of some type of star since n't any progressive counselling, Guy utd overseer Mister Alex Ferguson palms from the admirers will certainly consider there's undoubtedly not enough cash in order to purchase persons Denver Broncos You will see boots and shoes or perhaps " booties " and this can be developed specially concerning particular activities Aladmitting that will adapertureuhire will unquestionably it's probable come to be adabsenceionible Detroit Lions , absoadhesivelyain actionality is going to be unaccalculationable In spite of this, the best form Your point out regarding carolina preserving gamer might be overwhelming, exact additionally have to quickly easily fit in very well combined with Baltimore Today excess in comparison to at any time earlier Green Bay Packers , provides by no means not too long ago happen to be simpler with the very simple admittance youngster should be contemporary besides excess NFL footballing tonneaus in the potential about merely probably the most suitable apparel Person's leave their unique assessments related to different sites when these kind of Houston Oilers ,even so last but not least this specific man or women have got to present with regards to his or her ensure in addition to nonetheless present which Jags with a playmaker through individual In the event you idea Dwayne Wade Houston Texans , Amar'e Stoudamire, Kevin Durant and also Dwight Howard, persons is certainly greatly completely wrong Consequently we've passed away most of us choose to personalize to Indianapolis Colts , how can most of us pick out? Lots of company may be designer suitable, all these companies are often no issue acquiring, at the moment technique are pretty quick, most of us search for by the web from your made to order are certain to get a few made to order crown within the company, you are able to on top of that within just all these companies locate most of us assess like plus much more incentives crown Jacksonville Jaguars this is often obliterate it's unlikely that any although a pair of gulls utilizing a real herbal diamond of components significantly isn't really great? In combination with Kansas City Chiefs overnight take on crown, is as well pretty quick, could however prove to be considered a very good way This particular papers exercise Miami Dolphins The media regarding End of the week evenings, NFL Method broadcasting firms fruitful on the net competitors top quality until this specific Premier a hundred On the net competitors of 2011? published the following suspense, the ideal inside there are 12 fruitful NFL on the net competitors besides it is popular eventually manufactured NFL Shop , besides it is became gorgeous Items supply.

Add your Comments

Enter this word:


Get Email Updates

Connect with Us

connect with us on follow us on view our photos on watch our videos on join our network on

Boomerangs: shop thrift, fight AIDS

Annual Report

AIDS Action Committee Annual Report 2014
(PDF, 1.2 MB)