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Under new leadership appointed by the White House, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened its first session yesterday under the Obama Administration.

Michael Horberg, an HIVMA board member, introduced himself at yesterday's PACHA meeting

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced 24 new members to the Council earlier this week, including Michael Horberg, MD, a member of the HIV Medicine Association’s board of directors.

The council has focused mostly on providing advice and recommendations to the President on domestic AIDS policy, and this year, a key role for the PACHA will be to advise in the development and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. But PACHA also has a role in counseling the White House on global AIDS policy. And several of the PACHA appointees have a strong global focus, starting with its chair, Dr. Helene Gayle, the CEO of CARE USA, who also worked on HIV issues at the CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In addition to Gayle, other globally-oriented members include Jim Kim, M.D., Ph.D., who is president of Dartmouth College and a co-founder with Paul Farmer of Partners in Health, and Ernest Darkoh, MD, MPH, who is chairman of BroadReach Healthcare and an expert in HIV treatment program implementation and health system strengthening.

Kathleen Sebelius, Helene Gayle, and other newly appointed members of PACHA at the council's first session

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Will the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS become a more effective, invigorated outfit under the leadership of Dr. Helene Gayle? There’s reason to hope so—and to think that under Gayle’s stewardship, PACHA may focus on both the domestic and global challenges of the AIDS epidemic.

A pediatrician by training and currently the CEO of CARE USA, Gayle has been a forceful and dedicated public servant in the battle against HIV/AIDS for more than two decades. Gayle spent 20 years at the CDC and served as that agency’s first director for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. Her work in HIV/AIDS focused intensely on women and children. She left the CDC to head the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was responsible for research, program and policies on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other global health challenges.

“Dr. Gayle brings an intense commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and unique experience in advancing public health,” said Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in announcing the appointment yesterday. Click here and here for stories on the event. (more…)

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