July 13, 2010
The NorthEast Two-Spirit Society applauds the release of the NHAS and the following quote:
Another challenge for policy makers is how to appropriately respond to HIV in communities that represent a small share of the U.S. population… In addition, when the size of the population is taken into account, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have ranked third behind Blacks and Latinos in rates of HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Although we must focus our national efforts in those communities with the highest numbers of new infections, targeted surveillance efforts must continue to be supported in localities with concentrations of AAPI and Native American communities.
- Page 13 of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
The NorthEast Two-Spirit looks forward to working towards the day that HIV/AIDS no longer takes undue toll on our community. “Now that we have a plan, we have to turn our attention to the implementation of it and to ensure resources are there to support it. A plan without recourses is like a promise without any follow through.” Harlan Pruden, co-founder and council member of NorthEast Two-Spirit Society.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at a White House reception. The vision for a national strategy is a concise plan for moving the country forward. Predicated on building on what is currently being done, it will identify a small number of high payoff action steps that need to be taken to achieve each of the President’s goals. The strategy will provide a roadmap for policymakers and the general public. It is anticipated that the strategy will clearly describe the areas that require the most immediate change, the specific action steps that must be taken by the Federal Government and a variety of stakeholders, and specific targets for measuring our progress toward achieving the President’s goals.