HIVMA experts available to comment on HRSA conference

08/23/04

Journalists covering HIV/AIDS issues will have a unique opportunity this week to meet and interview more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS service providers on the front lines of HIV/AIDS care in the United States

Washington, DC-Journalists covering HIV/AIDS issues will have a unique opportunity this week to meet and interview more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS service providers on the front lines of HIV/AIDS care in the United States.

Representing clinics, hospitals, community-based organizations, city and state health departments, faith-based organizations, medical and dental schools, and other HIV/AIDS service providers, these individuals are convening at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, for a four-day conference starting today.

The conference is being held to update those who provide HIV/AIDS care with funding from the Ryan White CARE Act on the latest clinical and policy issues. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • Reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act in 2005 (the federal government's largest program specifically for people living with HIV)
  • The recent Institute of Medicine report calling for a new national program to care for all low-income Americans with HIV/AIDS
  • How the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare part D, will affect patients and health care providers
  • Possible future funding changes for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program The conference is sponsored by the federal Health Services and Resources Administration and its HIV/AIDS Bureau.
  • Experts From the HIV Medicine Association

    HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Executive Director Christine Lubinski will make a presentation on how Medicare part D is likely to affect drug coverage for people with HIV/AIDS. Lubinski, a staunch advocate for HIV/AIDS patients and health care providers, has followed this and many other health care policy issues closely, working with federal officials and Congressional leaders to improve accessibility to care. Her presentation is scheduled for 3:30 pm on Tuesday, August 24.

    Other experts from HIVMA who are available for comment on clinical, political, and social topics are listed below. To arrange an interview with Christine Lubinski or any of these experts, please contact Jeff Minerd in the HIVMA communications office at (301) 675-1467 or jminerd@idsociety.org.

    Mobeen Rathore, MD, professor and chief, University of South Florida Health Science Center.

    Michael Saag, MD, professor of medicine, director of UAB AIDS Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Anita Vaughn, MD, physician and community HIV care provider, James Park Healthcare, Newark, and Newark Department of Health.

    Paul Volberding, MD, chief of the Medical Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine University of California San Francisco, and chairman of the HIV Medicine Association Board of Directors.

    Bruce Williams, MD, MPH, professor of internal medicine/family and community medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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