Working Groups

Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) Affiliated Working Groups

AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that advocates for increased resources for federal domestic HIV/AIDS programs across the federal government.  ABAC coordinates advocacy activities and appropriations requests among a variety of stakeholder organizations.  ABAC authors an annual funding chart, a grassroots letter to Congress, and organizes Dear Colleagues in the House and Senate for increased funding.  The membership of ABAC is over 60 national and community based organizations.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs:  Donna Crews, AIDS Action; Jen Heitel Yakush, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS); or, Seth Koch, Community Access National Network (CANN).

Global AIDS Roundtable (GAR) is a coalition of organizations working together to expand and improve HIV/AIDS programming. The coalition focuses on all aspects of the global response to the AIDS pandemic. Membership to the Roundtable is open to individuals representing organizations who are actively working on global AIDS issues in the United States and globally.  [GAR has a separate website http://www.globalhealth.org/view_top.php3?id=558]

For more information, please contact Smita Baruah, The Global Health Council.

HIV Health Care Access Working Group (HHCAWG) is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that is committed to ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS have access to appropriate, cost-effective health care and drug treatment.  The Working Group works to mobilize community participation and engagement in efforts to reduce barriers to care, treatment and essential support services.  The Working Group also works with Congress and the Administration to improve Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance to maximize access to care and prevention services for persons at risk and/or living with HIV/AIDS and address systemic problems as they arise.  The Working Group is a coalition of over 100 national and community-based AIDS service organizations that represent HIV medical providers, public health, advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs:  Laura Hanen, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD); or Robert Greenwald, Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP).

HIV/AIDS Housing Working Group (HAHWG) is a recently established affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS policy partnership that seeks to coordinate a national housing strategy to ensure access to quality and affordable housing options for all PLWHA who need it, including the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The membership is comprised of HIV/AIDS housing and service providers and consumers committed to the provision of stable, affordable housing as a powerful intervention to prevent the spread of the virus and help people achieve better health outcomes.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs: Nancy Bernstine, National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC); Lola Adele-Oso, NAHC; or Kali Lindsey, Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Action Coalition (HPAC) is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that addresses HIV prevention policies at the federal level.  The coalition is composed of national and community-based HIV/AIDS organizations that represent HIV medical providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS as well as community organizations that provide critical HIV related health care and support services.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs: Carl Schmid, The AIDS Institute; Jen Heitel Yakush, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS); or, Suzanne Miller, National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD).

Research Working Group is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that works to advance the HIV research agenda through relationship building with NIH, CDC and other HIV research funders, identifying gaps in HIV research, educating policy makers on the value of HIV research (for the field, but also for the broader research enterprise), and increasing federal funding through advocacy and coalition building.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs:  Kevin Fisher, AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention; or Sue Perez, Treatment Action Group.

Ryan White Work Group is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership committed to ensuring that the Ryan White Program continues to provide appropriate primary care and treatment and support services to uninsured and underinsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  The Work Group works on the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act, implementation of changes to the law, interaction with other private and public health programs, and on-going communication with HRSA.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs:  Bill McColl, AIDS Action; or Ann Lefert, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

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