HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. Helene Gayle as Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today (August 24, 2009) announced her intent to appoint Helene Gayle, MD, MPH to serve as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.  Secretary Sebelius made the announcement in Atlanta at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference.

 The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Service and the President regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, to advance research on HIV and AIDS, and to promote quality services to persons living with HIV and AIDS.  The role of the Council is solely advisory.  The Secretary provides the President with copies of all written reports provided to the Secretary by the Council.

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, and is an internationally recognized expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues.  Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS, in a variety of roles involving research, programs and policy. She was appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention and achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. On assignment from the CDC, Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was responsible for programs related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health issues and tuberculosis. In April 2006, she joined CARE, an international humanitarian organization with programs in nearly 70 countries to end poverty.  Dr. Gayle earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in pediatrics, completing a residency in pediatric medicine at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She has been honored with awards from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Cable Positive, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the U.S. Public Health Service, among others. She holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Emory University School of Medicine.

The author of this publication. Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Partner Cynthia Marcotte Stamer,is nationally known for her work, advocacy, publications and presentations on health care privacy and security of health and other sensitive information in health and managed care, employment, employee benefits, financial services, education and other contexts. 

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association  and Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section, and Former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 20 years legal experience advising clients about health care and related matters.  A popular lecturer and widely published author on health care regulatory, privacy and data security, staffing, reimbursement and other related health care and health plan matters, Ms. Stamer’s insights on health care, health insurance, human resources and related matters appear in the Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications.  For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.  

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