For Immediate Release
AIDS Project Los Angeles today joined a nationwide chorus of HIV/AIDS organizations in applauding the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the office charged with directing the U.S. response to the AIDS epidemic and fulfilling the promise of President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
“Douglas is a friend and a colleague,” said APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “He brings a wealth of policy, program and life experience to ONAP, and has exactly the right background to take ONAP and the fight against AIDS to the next level.”
Brooks was most recently the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute, a health and human service agency based in Boston. He served as Executive Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI, has managed programs in urban and rural environments and has served as a consultant to domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations, assisting their efforts to serve populations living with and at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC.
Brooks is the first HIV positive African American to hold this position.
“Douglas’ appointment sends an incredibly important signal to the country and to communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS,” Thompson said. “Douglas knows where and why HIV is on the increase. He knows that treatment as prevention and other promising biomedical interventions must become the routine standard of care if we are going to realize an AIDS-free generation. We wish him well and look forward to working with him on these and other issues as we go forward.”
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.
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