President Barack Obama announced Feb. 26 the appointment of one of the nation's leading public health policy experts as the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, according to a White House press release. 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," Obama said. "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."
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 President has made a strong commitment to developing a national AIDS strategy, which will be a top priority for the Office of National AIDS Policy. In addition, ONAP coordinates with international bodies to ensure that the fight against HIV/AIDS is fully integrated around the world. The ONAP is part of the Executive Office of the President's Domestic Policy Council ( DPC ) .