Say No to Cuts to Essential HIV Services!

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May 25, 2017

Washington, DC – NMAC is dismayed to hear about the deep cuts proposed by the President’s FY18 budget around essential programs that have helped us gain ground in turning the tide of the HIV epidemic. Core programmatic efforts have helped us sustain advancements and break new ground in the battle against HIV. Particularly, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has played a key role in advancing health and well-being for communities of color across this country. The President’s current budget recommends no funding for the SMAIF at this critical time in the fund’s existence.

The HHS SMAIF was established by Congress in 1999 as part of the Minority AIDS Initiative in response to the growing concern about the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each year, SMAIF provides more than $50 million to support a wide range of activities that are designed to reduce new HIV infections, improve HIV-related health outcomes, and reduce HIV-related health disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities.

“The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund is a true example of innovation with timely projects to find solutions that maximize the deployment of resources to facilitate strategic community investment,” stated Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC. “These focused grants are used to fill gaps, target key challenges in the public health framework and find new approaches for reaching those were most vulnerable. Lessons learned extend to other the health arenas as well as benefiting those vulnerable to HIV or living with HIV through cost-effective programs.”

The SMAIF promotes novel programs that address critical emerging issues, and have established new collaborations across Federal agencies. These projects are significant in that they are designed to complement – and not duplicate – other HIV prevention and care activities and to create lasting changes in Federal programs that improve the quality, efficiency and impact of HIV programs that serve racial and ethnic minorities. Specifically, the SMAIF funds are used to:

  • Implement best practices to address long-standing and critical emerging issues to improve HIV prevention and care for the highest-risk racial and ethnic minorities
  • Expand the capacity of the HIV prevention and care workforce to address the needs of the highest-risk racial and ethnic minorities
  • Improve access to HIV prevention and care services for underserved racial and ethnic minorities who otherwise would have only very limited access to HIV services
  • Provide new avenues for agencies to work together and break down silos in HIV prevention and care programs for racial and ethnic minorities
  • Promote lasting changes across the Federal HIV prevention and care portfolio that improve HIV-related outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities

“It is important to remember that the President’s budget is just a recommendation to Congress. The final allocations of funds in entirely in the hands of Congress,” continued Kawata. “And it incumbent on us to make sure they understand the importance of our programs what they do to change lives and best use our resources to their best efforts.”

TAKE ACTION: HIV/STD Action Day is scheduled for September 6th, the day prior to the start of the United States Conference on AIDS.  The President’s budget has cut or eliminated many important programs, it’s going to be a fight and our movement cannot afford to stand on the sidelines.  If we don’t support and advocate for HIV funding and programs, who will?  Register today, its free! Congress is in session on September 6th so your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can see you.

 

President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Cuts Essential HIV/AIDS & STD Programs

President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Cuts Essential HIV/AID & STD Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017

Washington, DC – Yesterday, President Donald Trump released his administration’s detailed FY 2018 Budget. AIDS United, NASTAD, the National Coalition of STD Directors, NMAC and The AIDS Institute join together to oppose the draconian cuts proposed by the Administration including many programs that are essential for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs.

“The country has made great progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS and STDs, but if these cuts are enacted, we will turn back the clock, resulting in more new infections, fewer patients receiving care, and ultimately, more suffering from diseases that are preventable and treatable.” said Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.

The President’s budget proposes to cut CDC’s HIV prevention programs by $149 million or 19 percent, cut CDC’s STD prevention programs by $27 million or 17 percent since FY 2016, totally eliminate the Ryan White Program’s AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) and the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) programs, eliminate the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, reduce SAMHSA’s Minority AIDS Initiative programs, and cut the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program at HUD by $26 million.

Jesse Milan, Jr., President & CEO of AIDS United stated, “We have seen historic decreases in the number of new HIV infections over the past six years because of sustained investments in prevention, and we have thousands of HIV positive Americans who have yet to achieve viral suppression through treatment programs. By cutting funding, the work we have done will be reversed, and all the work left to do will falter and put the health of our nation at risk.”

“President Trump’s proposal to reduce CDC’s STD prevention work comes at a moment of national crisis when we are seeing the highest STD rates in 20 years. If enacted, this will devastate our ability to prevent and treat STDs and it will undermine our ability to prevent HIV. We urge Congress to reject these extreme cuts and increase STD, HIV and public health funding,” said David C. Harvey, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.

“I fear that these cuts signal the Administration’s lack of empathy for people living with or who are at risk for HIV,” said Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC. “President Trump’s proposal to eliminate or dramatically cut many of these programs will increase the racial and socio-economic disparities we see in communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. This budget will hurt the most vulnerable, and Congress must consider it a non-starter.”

Murray C. Penner, Executive Director of NASTAD concluded, “Together we will fight these cuts at every stage of the appropriations process. We need to protect these programs that provide life-saving treatment for those living with HIV and work to prevent the spread of HIV and STDs. We trust that Congress will agree and recognize that these cuts are harmful, short-sighted, and will damage our nation’s public health infrastructure.”

AIDS United (AU), NASTAD, the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), NMAC, and The AIDS Institute (TAI) are national non-partisan, non-profit organizations focused on ending HIV in the U.S. They have been working in partnership to identify and share resources to sustain successes and progress we have made in HIV and STD prevention, care and treatment in the United States.

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PrEParing for the Future & EmPowering the Movement

By Matthew Rose · NMAC Policy and Advocacy Manager

In recent years our movement has seen tangible progress and scientific breakthroughs that are building real pathways that will help end the HIV epidemic. However, NMAC knows that more must be done to educate and engage all communities in order to eliminate systemic barriers and establish best practices for enrolling people of color onPrEP.

Data shows that in the United States people of color, particularly MSM of color, make-up the majority of people living with HIV and account for the majority of new HIV infections annually. Unfortunately, PrEP is not reaching these communities despite the fact that they need it the most. As a result, NMAC is taking steps to make sure that important tools in the HIV prevention toolkit are made more accessible.

Thanks to special funding from Gilead, NMAC has created PrEP Working Groups in five key southern cites to identify ways community organizations can maximize PrEP services for people of color.  Based upon data collected through assessments conducted by both community partners in local cities and NMAC’s own national survey of PrEP navigator programs, we have established blueprint plans that will outline best practices meant to ensure these programs better reach people of color.

NMAC’s intention in targeting these five southern cities is to engage local leaders who live in communities hardest hit by HIV. Because we believe that we cannot achieve success without engaging all members of the communities: we will engage Black and Latinx MSM college students and collaborate with local CBOs, university health & counseling centers, AIDS education & training Centers, health clinics, city health departments, and LGBTQ associations to identify barriers and determine best practices to reaching these communities.

At our 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit NMAC will sponsor a Learning Collaborative for leaders from cities with pre-established PrEP Working Groups and those members of our own PrEP Working Groups. This LC will allow navigators to share plans, exchange ideas, and learn about best practices that have worked in addressing the epidemic within their own communities. Based upon the data collected and feedback received from these working groups, NMAC will publish a blueprint guide specifically focused on Best Practices for Reaching People of Color to be launched at the 22nd USCA in 2018.

Yours in the Struggle,

 

 

 

 

Matthew Rose
Policy and Advocacy Manager

30 Years in the Fight

2017 is NMAC’s 30th Anniversary. To commemorate 30 years in the fight, we are paying homage to our past and paving the way for our future leaders in the movement by offering an exclusive Membership rate of $30 to People Living with HIV and Youth under the age of 25. Please join or renew your membership in tribute to our 30 years of service to ending the epidemic.

Be part of our wall of paid members who make NMAC’s work possible.

Life Is About Choices.

USCA Keynote Speakers

Every day we make choices that impact our future.  This year’s USCA keynote speakers have made choices that can end an epidemic, speak truth to power, or work to end racism.  They did not choose the easy road and for that we are grateful.  We are a stronger family because of their leadership.

This year’s Opening Plenary is on Thursday, September 7th.  It is a tribute to our families.  While there are many details still to be determined, we are pleased to announce that Dr. David Williams from Harvard University will speak to us about his ground-breaking research on race and its impact on health.  David is an old friend to NMAC.  This is his 3rd USCA, but first plenary speech.

On Saturday, September 9th, our Federal Plenary will welcome back our family heroes, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Jonathan Mermin.  Dr. Fauci is the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), he’s been there since the beginning.  In many ways, Tony is the oracle for our movement.  He will update us on the current work to end the epidemic and help us understand the latest scientific advances and what that means to leaders working on the frontlines. 
Dr. Mermin is the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).  Like Tony, Jono is a long term friend of the community and a leader in the battle to end HIV.  Jono will speak to us about the Future of HIV Prevention as well as the strategies meant to end the epidemic.

Our closing plenary will be a tribute to this year’s Women’s March.  Carmen Perez is a national co-chair for the Women’s March.  She will talk about the importance of speaking truth to power and remind us that we have the power and the voice that can change the world.

There are still many slots to be filled, but we wanted to give you a taste of what to expect this year.  Life is about choices and we hope you will choose to be with your movement in September. After all, this is a Family Reunion and right now we need everyone in the family to show up and show out.  You don’t have to be alone, you don’t have to feel hopeless.  You are part of a family that is fighting to end an epidemic.  It’s a family affair.

Yours in the struggle,

Tara Barnes Darby & Paul Kawata

 

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