CAEAR Coalition Honors Ernest Hopkins

San Francisco, January 24 – Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition will honor Ernest Hopkins, director of federal affairs, at its annual Partnership Awards in San Francisco on January 24, 2011.  The agency is recognizing Hopkins for his many years of outstanding leadership in the fight against HIV/ AIDS both in San Francisco and throughout the country.  Hopkins has served as chair of CAEAR Coalition’s board for the last two years.  He’s been a part of the agency either as a board member, policy chair, or chair since 1994.

“Ernest’s steady leadership of CAEAR Coalition these past two years has improved the lives of thousands of people who depend on federal Ryan White Act funding for their medical and supportive services,” said Mike Smith, board regional representative.  “He was instrumental in developing the strategy and crafting the legislative language that reauthorized the Ryan White Act for an additional four years.  His relationships on Capitol Hill and within federal healthcare agencies have positioned CAEAR Coalition to protect the interests of people living with HIV/AIDS during the complicated implementation of health care reform.”

Hopkins oversees HIV funding, policy, and legislative activities at the federal, as well as state and local levels for San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  Prior to joining the foundation in 1997, he was director of health treatment at National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), where he sought to educate communities nationally in the early days of combination antiretroviral therapy.

“Ernest’s ability to shape and influence HIV/AIDS policy at all levels of government is nearly unparalleled,” said Bob Rybicki, vice president of programs and policy at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  “When Ernest speaks, people listen, because he always has the best interests of our clients, our community, and people across the country living with HIV/AIDS at heart.”

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to ensure the HIV epidemic ends in the same city where it began. By combining innovative, evidence-based programs for HIV prevention and care with bold policy initiatives focused on issues ranging from harm reduction to total health and wellness, the agency is making sustainable progress against HIV among populations most vulnerable to the disease. Established in 1982, San Francisco AIDS Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.


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