Tuesday, March 18, 2008

3/19 Strategy Lab Call: Parsing CDC & Budget Crises, New Rectal Microbicide Report


Next Strategy Lab Call
Wednesday, March 19

3:30-5:30 EST / 2:30-4:30 CST / 1:30-3:30 MST / 12:30-2:30 PST
866-438-5720, passcode 3528#
1-212-990-8010, passcode 3528#
We invite allies from CHAMP's HIV Prevention Network and Research Advocacy lists, the International Rectal Microbicides Advocates, the HIV Prevention Advocacy Coalition, and the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, to join Strategy Lab Members for this call.


3:30 - 4:20

The President's FY 2009 Federal HIV/AIDS Budget - Continued Neglect of the Epidemic

Anna Ford, Government Affairs Associate, AIDS Action
Laura Hanen, Director of Government Relations, NASTAD (National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors)
Sue Perez, Federal Policy Director, TAG (Treatment Action Group)

President Bush's Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) budget flat funds or drastically cuts appropriations for domestic HIV prevention, treatment and care. For HIV prevention, a $1 million cut in domestic programs is nothing less than shameful, as it presages the release of new CDC HIV surveillance data that are expected to show a substantial increase in annual new HIV infections. Bush also includes a $28 million increase in harmful and ineffective abstinence-only programs.

Presenters Anna Ford and Laura Hanen will take us through the President's FY09 request, highlighting its impact on HIV prevention programming in various areas of the federal prevention funding portfolio.

Sue Perez will present on a campaign spearheaded by ABAC - the AIDS Budget & Advocacy Coalition, a working group of FAPP (the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership) - that seeks to respond to flat-funding of NIH since 2003 by demanding a 15% increase in AIDS research spending.

4:20 - 4:40

Rectal Microbicides Gain Traction: International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA) Take Microbicides 2008 Conference by Storm

Jim Pickett, IRMA (International Rectal Microbicides Advocates) and AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA) took the call for rectal microbicides to the Microbicides 2008 Conference (Feb 24-27, 2008, New Delhi, India) - and secured significant global attention for the critical need for products that provide protection from HIV transmission during anal intercourse.

At the conference, IRMA issued a call for a five-fold increase for rectal microbicide research and released, Less Silence, More Science: Advocacy to Make Rectal Microbicides a Reality. This report serves as an authoritative reference on recent developments, global challenges, key advocacy goals and strategies in rectal microbicide research.

Jim Pickett will discuss rectal microbicide advocacy and share promising developments and challenges facing rectal microbicide research.

4:40 - 5:25

One Year Later: CDC Heightened Response Initiative to Address AIDS Among African Americans - Where Are We Now?

Kenyon Farrow, Director of Communications, CHAMP

Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D., Chair of the Board, Black AIDS Institute
Leo Rennie, Executive Committe Member, National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) and Policy Consultant for the National Association for People with AIDS (NAPWA)
A. Toni Young, Executive Director, Community Education Group

On a March 8, 2007 convening of African American leaders in Atlanta, Dr. Kevin Fenton declared that the "CDC is committed to meeting the public health needs of African Americans and reducing the burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American communities," and announced CDC's "heightened response" plan (HNR - Heightened National Response).

CDC pledged to intensify programs in four key areas over the next three years: expanding the reach of prevention services, increasing opportunities for diagnosing and treating HIV, developing new and effective prevention interventions, and mobilizing broader community action.

CDC faced criticism that HNR did not adequately reflect the expressed needs of Black women and gay & bisexual men/MSM. The CDC convened a consultation of African American women in June 2007 to address some of these concerns. Later this spring, the CDC will reconvene African American leaders in Atlanta to mobilize further engagement with the HNR.

Presenters will comment on the CDC's progress on acting upon the HNR recommendations.



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