Office of National AIDS Policy
The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), which was formed under President Clinton in 1993, coordinates the continuing domestic efforts to implement the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy. 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.
Following the inauguration of President Trump on January 20, 2017, the website for ONAP became inaccessible and it was reported the office was closed with the departure of the previous director, Amy Lansky, with no clear plans if or when President Trump planned to reopen it. In June 2017, six members of the council filed letters of resignation, citing that above all things the current administration "...simply does not care..." about the HIV/AIDS situation in the United States.
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.
National HIV/AIDS Strategy
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 domestic HIV. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy sought 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.The Strategy was 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 had 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
|No.||Name||Took Office||Left Office||President(s)|
|–||Kristine M. Gebbie
(AIDS Policy Coordinator)
|June 25, 1993||August 2, 1994||Bill Clinton|
|1||Patricia "Patsy" S. Fleming||August 2, 1994 (acting)
November 10, 1994 (official)
|–||Eric P. Goosby, MD (acting)||February 1997||April 7, 1997|
|2||Sandra L. Thurman, MA||April 7, 1997||January 20, 2001|
|3||Scott H. Evertz||April 9, 2001||July 19, 2002||George W. Bush|
|4||Joseph O'Neill, MD, MS, MPH||July 19, 2002||August 2003|
|5||Carol Thompson||August 2003 (acting)
May 12, 2004 (official)
|February 10, 2006|
|6||Jeffrey Crowley, MPH||February 26, 2009||December 20, 2011||Barack Obama|
|7||Grant Colfax, MD||March 14, 2012||January 13, 2014|
|8||Douglas M. Brooks, MSW||March 24, 2014||March 24, 2016|
|9||Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH||March 25, 2016||January 4, 2017|
- National Commission on AIDS
- Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
- President's Commission on the HIV Epidemic
- President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
- J, Gomez Eduardo (2014-09-17). Contested Epidemics: Policy Responses In Brazil And The Us And What The Brics Can Learn. World Scientific. ISBN 9781783265169.
- Tracer, Dan. "Report: Trump closes down White House Office of AIDS Policy". Queerty. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
- Goldberg, Michelle (2017-07-14). "Opinion | The Playboy President and Women's Health". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
- "Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here". Newsweek. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
- "About ONAP". Office of National AIDS Policy. White House. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- ONAP webpage
- AIDS.gov - The U.S. Federal Domestic HIV/AIDS Resource
- HIVtest.org - Find an HIV testing site near you
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