Policy Updates: Hill Happenings and Administration Activities

By Meredith McCarthy June 9, 2020

Hill Happenings

House Appropriations Committee Announces FY21 Schedule

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-07) announced plans on holding all subcommittee and full committee markups of FY2021 bills during the weeks of July 6 and 13th. She then expects the bills to be on the House floor July 20th and 27th. Additional details, including the specific order of bills, will be sent to House appropriators later this month.

Administrative Activities

CDC Releases New Study on Missed Opportunities to Prevent Congenital Syphilis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study showing that half of U.S. newborn syphilis cases (congenital syphilis) in 2018 occurred due to gaps in testing and treatment during prenatal care. The analysis found that the most common missed opportunities for preventing congenital syphilis occurred when mothers were diagnosed but not adequately treated for syphilis (31% of cases) and when mothers did not have timely prenatal care (28% of cases).

Hep B United Issues Comments to the US Preventive Services Task Force

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued its draft recommendations for screening hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults. The Hep B United Coalition and 29 signatory organizations have issued a variety of comments on how to best improve USPSTF’s recommendations. NASTAD has also signed on to the letter.

HIV Long-Term Survivors Day

June 5 was HIV Long-Term Survivors Day, an observance to celebrate and honor long-term survivors of the epidemic and raises awareness of their needs, issues, and journeys.

Resources

NASTAD’s Commitment to Black Lives

NASTAD issued a statement to address the recent protests across the country, seeking justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and countless others, and to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The core of NASTAD’s mission is an unwavering commitment to social justice. We recognize that we will not end the HIV and hepatitis epidemics and related syndemics without dismantling the systems of oppression that fuel racial disparities in access and outcomes. We prioritize fighting injustices where we see them, and we value diversity and inclusivity in all forms. To view NASTAD’s full statement, click here.

CHANGE Issues a Solidarity Statement with World Health Organization Staff

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has issued a solidarity statement with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom, and his worldwide staff. The letter expresses disappointment and rejects the US decision to defund the WHO. The letter was signed on to by nearly 70 organizations. NASTAD has also signed onto the letter.

Job Postings

Senior Associate — Washington, DC

NASTAD is seeking a Senior Associate for the Health Systems Integration team. The Senior Associate, Health Systems Integration provides administrative and substantive support for NASTAD’s technical assistance and capacity building assistance for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs (RWHAP), with a focus on Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative activities. This position works closely with entire Health Systems Integration and Health Care Access teams to support programmatic activities.

Manager — Washington, DC

NASTAD is seeking a Manger for the Policy & Legislative Affairs team. The Manager, Policy & Legislative Affairs plays a vital role in managing the development and implementation of hepatitis-related federal appropriations strategies, including for the NASTAD convened Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership, and legislation related to hepatitis prevention, care and treatment issues.  This position manages the day-to-day activities necessary to implement hepatitis-related federal legislative and regulatory goals.  The Manager also interfaces with governmental agencies, national organizations, coalitions and other non-governmental organizations to promote NASTAD’s legislative and policy agenda.  In addition, this position interfaces with NASTAD members to develop their understanding of the federal policy process and respond to their inquiries.  Demonstrated ability to execute projects in a timely manner is also required. 

Manager — Washington, DC

NASTAD is seeking a Manager for the Health Care Access team. The Manager, Health Care Access plays a vital role in expanding the organization’s capacity and priority of addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs within health departments. Under direction from the Associate Director, Health Care Access, the Manager will play a key role the Health Care Access programs technical assistance efforts, having a strong voice in the development of NASTAD’s cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative activities. The Manager will provide quantitative analytics and qualitative analyses regarding the impact of health system changes on health department programs and people living with HIV (PLWH). 

CAREAssist Program Manager—Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), HIV, STD and TB Section in Portland, OR is recruiting for a CAREAssist Program Manager to lead Oregon’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The CAREAssist Program Manager will work to assure quality services are provided to Oregonians living with HIV, to improve health outcomes. CAREAssist helps eligible Oregonians access and pay for life-saving medications, medical and dental care.

Deputy Director—Maryland

This position serves as the Deputy Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau within Prevention and Health Promotion Administration. The Deputy Director collaborates with the Director in planning, implementing and evaluating the internal operations of the Bureau in support of efforts to develop healthcare delivery systems responding to the needs to all Marylanders. Key functions include administrative oversight, regulatory and programmatic compliance, operational planning and evaluation, and staff development. The Deputy Director provides administrative supervision to the Bureau leadership team, which includes the Chiefs of the Centers of HIV Prevention and Health Services, the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP), HIV/STI Integration and Capacity, Harm Reduction Services, Viral Hepatitis, HIV Surveillance, Epidemiology and Evaluation, and STI Prevention. The position may act for the Director at his/her direction.

ADAP Manager—Alaska

The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association is seeking a Manager for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The Manager is a member of the client service team and is responsible for implementing the ADAP program and supervising the ADAP Coordinator. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of insurance programs, eligibility and enrollment, including Medicaid, Medicare part D, and open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act. In collaboration with community partners, the ADAP Manager will provide individualized client-level care coordination services and other assistance to maintain access to medical care and HIV treatment through the ADAP. This includes the provision of benefits counseling and direct assistance with applications for public and private insurance and other financial assistance programs.

Assistant Commissioner — Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) is seeking an Assistant Commissioner to lead the Bureau of Communicable Disease and Outbreak Control. This senior management position will lead a talented team responsible for communicable disease investigation, outbreak control and emergency preparedness programming. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing and implementing agency wide policies related to health department readiness to respond to public health emergencies. The incumbent will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner for BCHD's Division of Population Health & Disease Prevention.

Chief of Global Communications – Flexible 

Prevention Action Campaign (PAC) is seeking applicants for the Chief of Global Communications (CGC). The CGC is a critical senior global leadership position responsible for building a new communications function and team to oversee PAC's communications work with domestic and international partners. Working closely with the PAC senior leadership team and ambassadors, and in collaboration with U=U partners, the CGC will develop and implement PAC's new communications strategy. The communications team will create, curate, and share outstanding U=U resources to support and expand U=U's growing network and build upon the movement's success disseminating the U=U science worldwide.

News

Description of COVID-19 in HIV-infected individuals: a single-center, prospective cohort

“Information about incidence, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of HIV-infected individuals with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is scarce. We characterized individuals with COVID-19 among a cohort of HIV-infected adults in Madrid.”

Coronavirus could permanently alter 'social life' the way HIV/AIDS changed ‘sexual life’

“In a newly released interview, historian and author Niall Ferguson said that if the novel coronavirus remains a permanent part of American life it would fundamentally shift the way people interact with one another, comparing the change to a revolution in sexual health awareness that followed the emergence of HIV/AIDS.”

For People Living With HIV, A New Public Health Crisis In COVID-19

“With the spread of coronavirus in the Pacific Northwest, many health care and social services have shifted more toward telemedicine and virtual support in order to maintain social distancing. That includes the Cascade AIDS Project, which has been providing HIV services and advocacy in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s. Since the pandemic began, the organization has largely shifted away from providing in-person services in favor of giving support by phone, email and telehealth.”