Bil Browning

Obama picks openly gay man to head Office of National AIDS Policy

Filed By Bil Browning | February 26, 2009 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, HIV/AIDS, Jeffrey Crowley, Office of National AIDS Policy, White House

From a press release sent to Bilerico Project by the White House press secretary:

CROWLEY_Jeffrey.JPGPresident Barack Obama today announced the appointment of one of the nation's leading public health policy experts as the Director of Office of National AIDS Policy. Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute will coordinate the federal government's efforts on HIV/AIDS policy and will help guide the administration's development of disability policies.

"Jeffrey Crowley brings the experience and expertise that will help our nation address the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and help my administration develop policies that will serve Americans with disabilities," said President Obama. "In both of these key areas, we continue to face serious challenges and we must take bold steps to meet them. I look forward to Jeffrey's leadership on these critical issues."

Crowley is openly gay and *gasp!* knows about HIV/AIDS issues. Unlike some Republican religious appointments to positions of leadership on HIV/AIDS panels and offices, Obama is actually choosing those who can make a difference. What a novelty after all these years.

HRC statement after the jump.

Human Rights Campaign Issues Statement on Selection of White House HIV/AIDS Advisor

Jeffrey S. Crowley will Head Office of National AIDS Policy for President Obama

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today issued a statement on the selection of Jeffrey S. Crowley to head the Office of National AIDS Policy for President Barack Obama. Crowley, a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, will coordinate the federal government's efforts on HIV/AIDS policy and will help guide the administration's development of disability policies.

"The announcement of Jeffrey Crowley signals that HIV/AIDS issues will be an integral part of health care reform in the Obama Administration," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Throughout his campaign, President Obama called for the development of a bold national AIDS strategy. With Crowley's leadership, we look forward to working with the Office of National AIDS Policy in setting an aggressive agenda to combat HIV/AIDS in our country."

Crowley, who is openly gay, joined the Health Policy Institute in October 2000. Prior to his time at Georgetown, Mr. Crowley served as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), overseeing the organization's public education, community development, and training activities.

The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is the White House Office tasked with coordinating the continuing efforts of the government to reduce the number of HIV infections across the United States. The office emphasizes prevention through wide-ranging education initiatives and also helps to coordinate the care and treatment of citizens with HIV/AIDS. The ONAP is part of the Executive Office of the President's Domestic Policy Council (DPC).

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Bush deserves credit for making HIV/AIDS in Africa an important part of foreign policy. But some persons in the US who are affected by HIV felt neglected during the Bush years. I am glad to see Obama recognizes that HIV in the US is still of great concern and that he is selecting leaders who have knowledge of what is needed.

Good for him and he has a steady government paycheck for 4 years. I am so sick of politicians labeling us a people who want hospital visitation rights for our partners. Very condescending. We are people, not people who are infected. We deserve all the rights, including those being denied us in DADT, ENDA, AND DOMA.