This content is from Harold J. Phillips, MRP, Director, National AIDS Policy Office, White House.
Since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was published a year ago, I have Whole country To reach the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, all sector of society. For me, the highlight of last week’s World AIDS Day celebrations was the roundtable I hosted focused on fostering public-private partnerships to end the HIV epidemic.
The roundtable brought together representatives from a number of companies and several senior federal HIV leaders. I would like to thank the Health Action Alliance (HAA), the largest network of private employers in the United States working at the intersection of business and public health, and her ViiV Healthcare for helping convene the conference. At a roundtable, they proposed a new coalition, America Business to End HIV, to leverage the influence and expertise of the private sector to achieve the goals of the HIV/AIDS National Strategy and to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. announced the action. By 2030.
In announcing the launch of the coalition, HAA’s Stephen Massey said that in recent years, COVID-19 has made businesses and their leaders more involved in public health than ever before. The Coalition is designed to continue its engagement, especially in the HIV response. “Leaders in the private sector and HIV community have identified opportunities for employers to close gaps and accelerate progress to help end HIV, particularly by focusing on equitable access to prevention and treatment tools. ” he said in his release to HAA News.
Initial members of US Business Action to End HIV are Ada Health, Avita, BLK, Chispa, CVS Health, Gilead Sciences, Healthvana, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, OraSure Technologies, The Powell Companies Real, Tinder, Uber, ViiV Healthcare, Walgreens is. , and Walmart. Representatives from these founding members participated in a roundtable discussion to share details about companies’ efforts to accelerate their countries’ HIV response.
Participating companies commit to one or more of the following:
- Make HIV a corporate priority and call on other industry leaders to act.
- Educate workers and combat HIV stigma in the workplace.
- Strengthening HIV coverage and non-discrimination policies for employees.
- Advocate for improved HIV policies and systemic change.
- Leverage their capacity to implement innovative strategies in communities most affected by HIV.When
- Provides funding to strengthen the coalition’s public health response.
The new business coalition will accelerate efforts to identify and scale best practices, accelerate HIV progress, provide accurate information, reach and engage key populations, and develop innovative tools. It will help respond to the NHAS call to strengthen coordination with the private sector in order to
ADM’s Rachel Levine, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Health, kindly provided space for the meeting and welcomed the participants to HHS headquarters. The roundtable was also attended by a number of senior federal HIV leaders, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. Her Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, director of her HIV prevention division at the CDC. Dr. Laura Cheever, Deputy Director of Her HIV/AIDS Office at HRSA. Kay Hayes, HHS’ Deputy Assistant Secretary of Infectious Diseases. RADM Michael Iademarco, MD, HHS Assistant Secretary for Science and Medicine. Rita Harclaw, director of her HIV/AIDS housing department at HUD. Stephen Lucas, Senior Advisor to HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing; We are grateful for the encouragement they have shared on new initiatives from the business sector and for their tremendous efforts to implement NHAS through their respective agency/office programs, policies and services.
HAA and Coalition member companies will work together to expand membership in US Business Action to HIV, inviting more companies to join the movement and make their own efforts. These efforts will include a national business summit on HIV in early 2023.
The Health Action Alliance is a joint initiative of the Ad Council, CDC Foundation, de Beaumont Foundation, National Safety Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Meteorite.
This post was originally published on HIV.gov on December 7, 2022.