Office of National AIDS Policy

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The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) coordinates the continuing domestic efforts to implement the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Released in July 2010, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy seeks to reduce the number of new infections in the United States, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reduce HIV-related disparities by coordinating the response across Federal agencies. In addition, the Office works to coordinate an increasingly integrated approach to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS. As a unit of the Domestic Policy Council, ONAP coordinates with other White House offices. ONAP is led by the Director, who is appointed by the President. The current Director of ONAP is Dr. Grant Colfax.

Function[edit]

The Office of National AIDS Policy is part of the White House Domestic Policy Council and is tasked with coordinating the continuing efforts of the government to reduce the number of HIV infections across the United States. The Office emphasizes prevention through wide-ranging education initiatives and helps to coordinate the care and treatment of citizens with HIV/AIDS.

ONAP also coordinates with the National Security Council and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and works with international bodies to ensure that America’s response to the global pandemic is fully integrated with other prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world. Through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, the U.S. has taken steps in responding to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, working with countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to help expand access to treatment, care, and prevention.[1]

National HIV/AIDS Strategy[edit]

In July 2010, President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, the first comprehensive strategy to achieve a coordinated response to the domestic HIV epidemic. The Strategy is implemented across U.S. departments and agencies, including the Department Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor (DOL), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Strategy has four main goals:

  • 1) To reduce new HIV infections;
  • 2) To increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV;
  • 3) To reduce HIV-related disparities;
  • 4) To achieve a more coordinated response.

List of Directors of the Office of National AIDS Policy[edit]

Parties

      Democratic       Republican

No. Name State of Residence Took Office Left Office President(s)
1 Jeffrey Crowley, MPH Michigan February 26, 2009 December 20, 2011 Barack Obama
2 Grant Colfax, MD California March 14, 2012 January 13, 2014

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About ONAP". Office of National AIDS Policy. White House. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 

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