President Obama this week appointed a University of California San Francisco medical professor and public health official as the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. Grant Colfax currently is assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and director of the HIV Prevention and Research Section in the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office. The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is the part of the White House Domestic Policy Council that coordinates the continuing efforts of the government to reduce the number of HIV infections across the country. The office emphasizes prevention through wide-ranging education initiatives and helps to coordinate the care and treatment of people with HIV/AIDS. “Colfax’s leadership in San Francisco developing pioneering programs that strive to address disparities in HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care, ideally equip him to assume the role of director of ONAP,” said Diane V. Havlir, MD, UCSF professor of medicine and chief of the UCSF HIV/AIDS Division at SF General Hospital. A important task for the new director will be continuing to implement Obama’s National AIDS Strategy, which lists as its three primary goals: reducing HIV incidence (new infections), increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes, and reducing HIVrelated health disparities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is also rolling out the “12 Cities Project,” which supports and accelerates comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and crossagency response in the metropolitan areas with the country’s highest AIDS rates. By Jeff Sheehy, courtesy of UCSF.
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