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Obama appoints Bostonian as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

Posted by Jim Lopata  March 24, 2014 07:08 PM

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Douglas Brooks as photographed for a profile on him in Boston Spirit magazine in 2010. (photo: Tony Scarpetta for Boston Spirit)

Local LGBT player Douglas Brooks is moving from Dorchester to Washington, D.C.

The White House announced today that the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at Boston-based health and human service agency JRI, has been appointed to become the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.

“Douglas’s policy expertise combined with his extensive experience working in the community makes him uniquely suited to the task of helping to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach,” President Obama said. “I look forward to having him lead our efforts from the White House.”

The Bostonian, who grew up in Macon, Georgia, was profiled in Boston Spirit magazine in the May/June issue of 2012.

In the interview, he talked about being appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that year, saying, “In many ways it is the highest honor I’ve received and also deeply humbling. There are many people out there as qualified and as dedicated as I am to eradicating HIV/AIDS. It’s a pretty amazing thing to be at the White House swearing to work on a project that is so important to me.”

And now, he's on to something even bigger. He'll be missed by many in Beantown.

Here's from the press release:

President Obama Announces Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI). As the Director of ONAP, he will lead the Administration’s work to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, and eliminate HIV health disparities in the United States.

“Douglas’s policy expertise combined with his extensive experience working in the community makes him uniquely suited to the task of helping to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach,” President Obama said. “I look forward to having him lead our efforts from the White House.”

A component of the White House Domestic Policy Council, ONAP coordinates the ongoing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV Care Continuum initiative, while working together with public and private partners to advance the federal response to HIV/AIDS. ONAP also works with the White House National Security Council, the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and international bodies to ensure that America’s response to the global pandemic is fully integrated with prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world. Through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, the U.S. has made enormous progress in responding to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, working with countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to help expand access to treatment, care, and prevention.

Brooks, a person living with HIV, was most recently the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at JRI , 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.

In 2010, Brooks was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and served as its liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee and successfully led those bodies to achieve the tasks assigned to them in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy . He has directly managed federally funded programs, meeting or exceeding targets for Ryan White projects, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, a HRSA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS), and a HOPWA SPNS. Brooks received a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a licensed clinical social worker.

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