February 28, 2009

February 28, 2009
Jeff Crowley Appointed AIDS Czar

Thanks for checking out what is going on in another day of my life. I hope you are having a great and safe weekend.

It has been a beautiful day here in north Florida. Unfortunately I was inside most of the day but it was for a great cause. St. Luke's Community Church was having a health fair today and our project had our HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention table up and running. I did make a couple of great new contacts and enjoying sharing stories. Almost every vendor I met had known someone either living with HIV/AIDS or that had already passed due to complications. We have also been invited to a couple of other health fairs later in the year.

I almost forgot to mention that President Obama has appointed a new AIDS Czar, Jeff Crowley. This is great news for the HIV/AIDS community specifically and for all Americans in the big picture.

President Obama Selects Health Policy Expert to Head Office of National AIDS Policy

Jeffrey S. Crowley will join Domestic Policy Council as Top Advisor on HIV/AIDS issues

President Barack Obama today announced the appointment of one of the nation’s leading public health policy experts as the Director of Office of National AIDS Policy. Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University ’s Health Policy Institute will coordinate the federal government’s efforts on HIV/AIDS policy and will help guide the administration’s development of disability policies.

“Jeffrey Crowley brings the experience and expertise that will help our nation address the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and help my administration develop policies that will serve Americans with disabilities,” said President Obama. “In both of these key areas, we continue to face serious challenges and we must take bold steps to meet them. I look forward to Jeffrey’s leadership on these critical issues.”

The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is the White House Office 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 also helps to coordinate the care and treatment of citizens with HIV/AIDS. The President has made a strong commitment to developing a national AIDS strategy, which will be a top priority for the Office of National AIDS Policy. In addition, ONAP coordinates with international bodies to ensure that the fight against HIV/AIDS is fully integrated around the world. The ONAP is part of the Executive Office of the President’s Domestic Policy Council (DPC).

Jeffrey S. Crowley’s Bio:

Jeffrey S. Crowley, M.P.H., is a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University 's Health Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center . In these roles, he is recognized and respected for his capacity to integrate public health research with political strategy to achieve policy changes. He has authored numerous reports and policy briefs, and has testified before various Congressional Committees and the Institute of Medicine on several occasions. His primary areas of expertise are Medicaid policy, including Medicaid prescription drug policies; Medicare policy; and consumer education and training.

Crowley previously served as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). While at NAPWA, he helped implement several key initiatives including The National HIV Testing Day Campaign and the Ryan White National Youth Conference.

Crowley has spent the last fourteen years working to improve access to health and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS, people with physical and mental disabilities, low-income individuals, and other vulnerable populations. His writings have been printed in numerous publications and journals.

Crowley received his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College . He is also an alumnus of the United States Peace Corps, where he served as a Volunteer/High School Science Teacher at the Nsongweni High School in Swaziland.

Thank to Bill Arnold of TIICANN for sending out the info to everyone.

I hope the rest of your weekend is memorable. Life should be lived so don't sit on the sidelines.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab