HIRED: Obama Names Grant Colfax As New AIDS Policy Czar

President Obama today tapped Dr. Grant Colfax of the San Francisco Department of Public Health to be the new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). Colfax replaces Jeffrey Crowley, who stepped down in November after less than two years in the post.

“Grant Colfax will lead the my Administration’s continued progress in providing care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS,” said President Obama. “Grant’s expertise will be key as we continue to face serious challenges and take bold steps to meet them.  I look forward to his leadership in the months and years to come.”

ONAP coordinates with the National Security Council, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and international organizations to integrate the U.S.’ response to the global epidemic. Dr. Colfax, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, was most recently Director of the HIV Prevention Section in the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  According to the White House, his work was focused on  “collaborating with community stakeholders to implement sustainable, evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment interventions and policies in public health settings and measuring their effectiveness.”

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