The Obama Administration, working with other stakeholders, has sought to re-energize and re-focus the national response to the domestic HIV epidemic. Fulfilling a commitment made in the 2008 presidential campaign, the President released a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (Strategy) in July 2010, marking the first attempt to align the efforts of all domestic stakeholders around a core set of high-impact action items. The Strategy is an evidence-based roadmap for targeting resources to the communities most heavily impacted by the epidemic, and using science to identify and scale-up the most effective prevention and treatment interventions. The goals of the Strategy are to reduce the number of new HIV infections, increase access to care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities.
The O’Neill Institute is committed to supporting the effective implementation of the Strategy through policy and legal analysis and working with federal, state, and local policymakers, people living with HIV, and other stakeholders.
Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in most states. In an effort to identify what needs to be done, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in collaboration with the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, has released a set of recommendations for how states across the U.S. can improve HIV prevention and care outcomes in an effort to achieve the goals identified within the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
The report, “Bolstering State Efforts to Implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Key indicators and recommendations for policymakers and community stakeholders,” builds upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2014 “State Prevention Progress Report,” which provided state-level data on indicators related to national HIV prevention goals. The release of the report coincides with the release by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Update, which sets priorities to guide the nation’s HIV response through 2020.