First Listening Session Held at USCA to Inform Updates to National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plans
September 11, 2018
Joined by colleagues from the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, we convened the first listening session on Friday, September 7, at the conference. We heard from community leaders, frontline workers, individuals living with and at risk for infection, and other members of the community from across the nation during this session.
Among the many comments offered during the session, we heard about:
We look forward to additional stakeholder input as the update process unfolds. Such community input again will be integral to the development of both plans, as it was in the development of the current and prior versions of both plans. Everyone has a role to play in our national fights against HIV and viral hepatitis. Active engagement by and of a broad mix of stakeholders from various sectors, both public and private, in communities and states across the nation have been great strengths in making the NHAS and the NVHAP both national plans, not merely federal plans.
As Kaye Hayes, Deputy Director of OHAIDP observed in her final Facebook Live conversation from USCA, additional opportunities for stakeholder and community input on the updates to both plans will be announced in the coming months. Follow HIV.gov and the HHS hepatitis blog for details.
[Note from TheBodyPRO: This article was originally published by HIV.gov on Sept. 10, 2018. We have cross-posted it with their permission.]
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