HIV/AIDS Strategy Letter to President Obama

October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

On behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA), I am writing to commend you for your remarkable leadership in forging a renewed national commitment to transform the domestic response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as evidenced by the creation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). We strongly support the NHAS’s goals of reducing HIV/AIDS incidence, increasing access to care, optimizing health outcomes, reducing HIV-related health disparities, and achieving a more coordinated response to the epidemic. 

I am pleased to share with you the accompanying document, "National HIV/AIDS Strategy: APA Recommendations for Prioritizing Mental and Behavioral Health in Federal Implementation Efforts," which outlines steps that can be taken to ensure the inclusion of behavioral and social science research, science-based interventions, and comprehensive mental and behavioral health services across all aspects of NHAS implementation. Mental and behavioral health services are essential for reducing the incidence of new HIV infections, as well as for increasing adherence to treatment regimens and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS.  We hope that our recommendations will prove useful as all partners work together to achieve the NHAS’s goals. 

APA welcomes the opportunity to work with you and leaders throughout your Administration to ensure that the NHAS vision becomes a reality. Please do not hesitate to contact Leo Rennie, Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer in our Public Interest Government Relations Office, at (202) 682-5110.

Sincerely,
Norman B. Anderson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

 

cc:

Jeffrey Crowley, ONAP
Jeffrey Zients, OMB
Aaron Lobata, OMB
Kathleen Sebelius, HHS
Howard Koh, HHS
Ronald Valdiserri, HHS
Christopher Bates, HHS