-- The National Conclave on HIV/AIDS for Black Clergy calls upon the
President, Congress and Corporate America to declare the HIV/AIDS
crisis in the African American community a "public health emergency."
We call on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use emergency
authority to redirect resources to address this emergency.
-- We believe the United States should develop a National AIDS Plan to
address the treatment, care, prevention, research and supportive
service needs of Americans living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
-- We believe that an integral component of any National AIDS Plan should
be targeted legislation that specifically addresses the
disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on the African Americans.
Therefore, we call on Congress and the Administration to endorse and
pass the National HIV/AIDS Elimination Act - legislation that will
mobilize action across departments of government and coordinate
programs and funding across the various agencies within the Department
of Health and Human Services. The Act will include measurable goals,
timetables and specific objectives designed to eliminate the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. As a part of the National AIDS Plan, the Elimination Act will
highlight and address the key structural drivers of the AIDS epidemic,
like poverty, low literacy, stigma, unemployment, incarceration, racial
disparities and other structural drivers of the epidemic in the United
-- The Elimination Act will establish an institute to document the
historical treatment of African Americans and its impact on the issues
that have evolved and must be addressed. All agencies of the government
should be involved in making this a priority.
-- We endorse HR 1943
|SOURCE The National Conclave|
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