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INFORMATION FOR HIV CARE PROVIDERS
IN
THE
NEWS
NEWS FROM THE ACADEMY
Harold Phillips Appointed Director of
Newly Reopened ONAP
O
N JUNE 5TH, the 40th anniversary of the
first reported cases of AIDS, President
Biden reaffirmed his commitment to
ending the HIV epidemic by reopening the
White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and
appointing Mr. Harold Phillips as the office's new director.
The American Academy of HIV Medicine enthusiastically
supports the reopening of ONAP and believes Mr. Phillips
is an excellent choice to lead the office. Through Mr.
Phillips' years of service dedicated
to eradicating the HIV epidemic,
we know that he is the right choice
for making the goal of functionally
eliminating new transmission of HIV
by 2025 a reality.
Most recently, Mr. Phillips led the
previous Administration's Ending
the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative
and has served as the Senior
HIV Advisor and Chief Operating
Officer of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS
policy (OIDP) and in the Office of HIV/AIDS Training and
Capacity Development (OTCD) at the Health Resources
and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA/
HAB). Thanks to his time at HAB, Mr. Phillips has extensive
experience working with the Ryan White Program's
AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC), the U.S.
President›s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
and the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP), all
critical programs for achieving the goal of ending the HIV
epidemic here and abroad.
" Thanks to advances in treatment and prevention, the
clinical components needed to end HIV exist and-through
the appropriate training and education-hould be in
providers' hands across the country, " stated
Bruce J. Packett, executive director of the Academy. " The
real barriers to eliminating HIV are societal and systemic.
These can only be addressed by truly understanding the
daily challenges facing people with and at risk for HIV and
creating policies that eliminate these disparities. We hope
having knowledgeable leaders like Mr. Phillips will create
meaningful change. "
After the launch of the EHE in 2019, the Academy
highlighted critical barriers to ending the HIV epidemic as
identified by HIV care providers
in the hardest hit areas of the
country. The survey participants-
made up of Academy members
and HIV credentialed providers-
resided in the 50 counties, urban
jurisdictions and seven states
identified as initial geographic
targets within the EHE initiative.
According to respondents, the
most urgent challenges include
a critical workforce shortage, homelessness/unstable
housing, HIV stigma, and transportation barriers.
" As a clinician, I endeavor to offer my patients the
very best in clinical care, but I also know that on the
frontlines, there are tremendous everyday challenges
including stigma and health disparities, " stated Margaret
Hoffman-Terry, MD, AAHIVS, chair of the Academy's
policy committee. " We have to address the totality of
issues people with HIV grapple with every day, and the
Administration's reopening of ONAP and its strategic
appointment of Mr. Phillips demonstrate its earnest
commitment to confronting these challenges and ending
the epidemic. "
The Academy looks forward to working with Mr.
Phillips in this new role.
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