CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: A New President, A New Era in HIV/AIDS Policy
The historic election of Sen. Barack Obama on November 4 as the country’s 44th president heralds a major shift in how the federal government will address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. During the campaign, President-Elect Obama pledged to develop a comprehensive and coordinated national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all Federal agencies to fight the epidemic in the United States. He also pledged to significantly increase funding for the National Institutes of Health for AIDS research as well as to expand governmental support for evidence-based HIV prevention and education programs. An important component of his proposal involves expanding access to high quality, affordable healthcare and reducing health disparities. This amfAR Congressional Briefing convened a panel of leading experts to discuss the 111th Congress and new Administration’s HIV/AIDS agenda.
When: December 9, 2008
Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building
• Susan Blumenthal M.D., M.P.A.
Senior Policy and Medical Advisor, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States
• Connie Garner Ph.D.
Policy Director for Disabilities and Minority Populations, Senate HELP Committee
New Directions in Domestic HIV/AIDS Policies in the 111th Congress
• Jim Kim, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine; Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder, Partner in Health
New Directions in AIDS and Global Health Programs and Policy
• Kevin Robert Frost
Chief Executive Officer, amfAR The Foundation for AIDS Research
New Frontiers in HIV/AIDS Research