March 14, 2019
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Announces New Members
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new members to its Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The council will meet on March 14, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5p.m., and on March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day meeting will take place at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.
PACHA provides advice, information and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on programs, policies and research to promote effective treatment and prevention methods and quality services to people living with HIV and AIDS, including those affected by common co-morbidities.
“PACHA will play a critical role in our collective response to this public health issue, particularly in the wake of the recently proposed Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, said Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for health.
“More than 1 million Americans are living with HIV and nearly 40,000 are newly diagnosed with the virus each year,” Dr. Giroir said. “Working together, we have the opportunity to tackle some big issues, and I know our new members are up to the task.”
PACHA’s members represent a diverse set of stakeholders with expertise across the field of HIV. They are:
Carl Schmid, M.B.A. (Co-Chair)
Deputy Executive Director
The AIDS Institute
John Wiesman, Dr.PH., M.P.H. (Co-Chair)
Secretary of Health
Washington State Department of Health
Gregg H. Alton, J.D.
Chief Patient Officer
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
CEO and Co-Founder
Marc Meachem, M.B.A.
Head, External Affairs North America
Rafaelé Roberto Narváez
Co-Founder and Director of Health Programs
Michael Saag, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Global Health, UAB School of Medicine
Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for AIDS Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine
Office Chief, HIV Prevention Program
Arizona Department of Health Services
Robert Schwartz, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc.
Professor and Head, Dermatology
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Justin C. Smith, M.P.H.
Rollins School of Public Health
Ada Stewart, RPh, M.D., FAAFP, AAHIVS, HMDC
Lead Provider and HIV Specialist
Eau Claire (South Carolina) Cooperative Health Centers