Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

White House AIDS Office head steps down

President Barack Obama’s lead HIV policy adviser is stepping down, the administration announced Thursday (March 24).

(Dr. Amy Lansky)

(Dr. Amy Lansky is the new head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.)

Douglas M. Brooks is resigning after two years as head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He’s being replaced by Dr. Amy Lansky, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who works as a senior policy adviser for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Office of National AIDS Policy.

Officials with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the largest AIDS-based nonprofits in the country, praised Brooks and Lansky.

Tim Jones, the AIDS foundation’s interim CEO, said in a news release, “The director of ONAP shapes federal HIV/AIDS policy and funding which impacts how agencies, such as San Francisco AIDS Foundation, are able to serve clients. Our organization in particular has enjoyed a warm, productive relationship with Mr. Brooks, who has visited our organization and met with our service providers, clients and advocates to better understand the work we do.”

Highlights of Brooks’ time at ONAP include his work to reduce HIV health disparities, according to the AIDS foundation. In February, he announced “a $10 million, multi-year initiative” to offer men of color who have sex with other men HIV testing, linkage to care, housing, and other services.

(Douglas Brooks. Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

(Douglas Brooks. Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

Ernest Hopkins, the AIDS foundation’s director of legislative affairs, said, “Douglas has engaged the foundation and the city of San Francisco with curiosity, encouragement, and excitement as we have partnered on both national and regional projects.”

Hopkins pointed to the updating of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as Brooks’ “finest achievement.”
The revised strategy “sets the bar even higher for governments and localities – to focus on the data of the epidemic today to address the health disparities that impede our success. He has led with empathy, clarity and purpose, and we will miss his spirit,” Hopkins said.

Lansky has worked at the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Programs since 1991, the AIDS foundation said.
She’s focused on “applying epidemiological research to the development of HIV prevention programming and policy,” and she’s “developed behavioral interventions with an eye on reaching and serving populations most at risk for HIV.”

James Loduca, the AIDS foundation’s senior vice president, said, “Dr. Lansky’s reputation of esteemed leadership precedes her and she’s been an invaluable adviser to Douglas during his tenure.”

– reported by Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, March 24, 2016 @ 10:14 am PST
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