APA represents psychology at the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)
By Public Interest Government Relations Office
Office on AIDS and PI-GRO staff attended the 2013 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) to represent APA and advance association goals in the area of HIV/AIDS. Two new HIV/AIDS issue briefs, created by APA’s Public Interest Directorate for dissemination at the conference, highlight psychology’s contribution to ending the epidemic in the United States. They describe APA HIV/AIDS legislative priorities in the 113th Congress and make the case for increased attention to the intersection of mental health and substance use disorders and HIV.
USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the United States, bringing together participants from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to foster national support networks, information exchange and dissemination of cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. This year’s conference explored opportunities arising from scientific advances in HIV prevention and treatment, enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reverse the course and ultimately end HIV in the United States.
To promote APA’s HIV/AIDS priorities, staff organized meetings with public and nongovernmental leaders in the field, including senior officials from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Department of Labor, as well as key figures in the public heath, scientific and research communities.