Statement of Support for Assistant Health Secretary Nominee Dr. Rachel Levine

NMAC, formerly the National Minority AIDS Council, strongly supports the confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary.

“We strongly support the nomination of Dr. Levine,” said Paul Kawata, Executive Director of NMAC. “In addition to Dr. Levine’s exemplary and impeccable credentials, she is an historic leader in the LGBTQ community. As Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. Levine led that state’s historic response to COVID-19 pandemic.  She has earned the highest level of respect among her peers and colleagues and President Biden. As the first Senate confirmed transgender American, Dr. Levine is shattering stereotypes and is giving long-overdue hope to transgender Americans. Those of us in the HIV field know the struggles LGBTQ Americans face – especially healthcare discrimination. As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Levine will continue to fight for access to healthcare for underserved minority communities. Her record of fighting for justice is strong and we know she will continue to pave the way for affordable healthcare for all Americans.”

NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.