Crowley to Direct Office of National AIDS Policy
By Rob Stein
President Obama has named a new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy -- Jeffrey Crowley, who is currently a senior research scholar at Georgetown University.
In addition to coordinating the federal government's efforts to battle HIV, Crowley will also help "guide the administration's development of disability policies," according to the White House statement announcing the appointment.
The Office of National AIDS Policy is supposed to coordinate the federal government's efforts to stem the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through education programs and help coordinate the care and treatment of people with HIV and AIDS.
The director also serves on the president's Domestic Policy Council.
"Jeffrey Crowley brings the experience and expertise that will help our nation address the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and help my administration develop policies that will serve Americans with disabilities," Obama said. "In both of these key areas, we continue to face serious challenges and we must take bold steps to meet them. I look forward to Jeffrey's leadership on these critical issues."
Crowley has authored numerous reports and policy briefs, has testified before various congressional committees and the Institute of Medicine on several occasions, according to the White House statement. His primary areas of expertise are Medicaid policy, including Medicaid prescription drug policies; Medicare policy; and consumer education and training.
Crowley previously served as the deputy executive director for programs at the National Association of People with AIDS, where he was involved in a variety of efforts, including the National HIV Testing Day Campaign and the Ryan White National Youth Conference.
Although new treatments are allowing people infected with HIV to live longer, more than 1 million Americans are living with HIV and more than 56,000 get infected with the virus in the United States each year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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