March 24, 2016—Douglas M. Brooks, the president’s lead HIV policy advisor at the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), announced that he will step down from his position effective March 25, 2016. After two years in his position, he will be succeeded by Amy Lansky, PhD, MPH, who is a senior policy advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Office of National AIDS Policy, on detail from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“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. We look forward to continuing the foundation’s strong relationship with ONAP and congratulate Dr. Lansky as she steps into her new role,” said Tim L. Jones, interim CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
During his two years at ONAP, Douglas Brooks demonstrated a commitment to reducing HIV health disparities among populations most affected by the epidemic. In February of this year, he announced a $10 million, multi-year initiative that will provide community-based services for men who have sex with men of color to get HIV testing, linkage to care and other social services such as housing and mental health treatment. In 2015, he spearheaded the development of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy—a framework that will guide our nation’s efforts to reduce new infections, improve HIV care and further reduce health disparities of disproportionately affected populations. In recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2014, Brooks hosted a conference at the White House to prioritize action items for the administration to address the epidemic among gay and bisexual men.
“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,” said Ernest Hopkins, director of legislative affairs for San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “His finest achievement, the update to the National HIV/AIDS 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.”
Dr. Lansky will take over leadership as acting director of ONAP. She has been a respected member of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Programs since 1991, where her work has focused on applying epidemiological research to the development of HIV prevention programming and policy. She has developed behavioral interventions with an eye on reaching and serving populations most at risk for HIV. Recently, Dr. Lansky coordinated the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response, which was convened jointly with the National Institute of Mental Health.
“Dr. Lansky’s reputation of esteemed leadership precedes her and she’s been an invaluable advisor to Douglas during his tenure,” said James Loduca, senior vice president of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “Our organization has a productive history with leaders at ONAP, including Douglas’ immediate predecessor Dr. Grant Colfax who previously headed the HIV Prevention Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and Jeffrey Crowley, President Obama’s first director of ONAP, who serves on our HIV Policy Advisory Board.”
The foundation congratulates Dr. Lansky and looks forward to working closely with her to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to make San Francisco the first U.S. city to end HIV transmission. 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. Learn more at www.sfaf.org.