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The National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Federal Implementation Plan


 

In July 2010, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Implementation Plan. The vision for the NHAS is that "the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination."

There are three primary goals for the NHAS:

  1. Reducing new HIV infections.
  2. Increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV.
  3. Reducing HIV-related disparities.

To accomplish these goals, the NHAS calls for a coordinated response and commitment from all levels of government, business, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others. The federal implementation plan outlines the specific steps to be taken by various federal agencies to support the high-level priorities outlined in the NHAS. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services is working with states to encourage the development of statewide HIV/AIDS plans.

The goals of the NHAS goals are in line with those of NACCHO’s, as represented by NACCHO's HIV/STI-related policy statements. Additionally, in a letter to the president, NACCHO outlined a number of ways that NACCHO and local health departments can support the goals of the strategy. That letter is available here.

To learn more about the NHAS and federal implementation plan, click here.