February 2, 2010
White House Announces Members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the appointment of 24 new members to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA’s chair, Helene Gayle, MD, MPH, was appointed last August.
The council—comprised of researchers, services providers and community leaders from across the United States, including people living with HIV—supplies advice, information and recommendations to the president on domestic and global HIV/AIDS policy issues. PACHA will play an important role in the formation of a national HIV/AIDS strategy, and it supports the primary goals of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
“I’m pleased to have a new group of experts joining PACHA, and I look forward to hearing from the council about our continued efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infections in the United States and to provide care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS around the world,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
PACHA’s first meeting with the Obama administration was held February 2 in Washington, DC.
The new members include:
A. Cornelius Baker
Dawn Averitt Bridge
The Reverend Calvin Butts III, DMin
Ernest Darkoh, MD, MPH
Patricia Garcia, MD
David Holtgrave, PhD
Michael Horberg, MD, MAS
Jack Jackson Jr.
Jim Kim, MD, PhD
Mario J. Pérez
Malika Saada Saar, M.Ed, JD
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