World AIDS Day 2014


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Photo: David Snyder/CDC Foundation

Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation

On December 1, people throughout the world observe World AIDS Day, an opportunity for the global community to honor those living with HIV; the families, friends, caregivers, and communities who support them; and those who have lost their lives to AIDS. The theme for 2014 – “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation” – reflects the drive to focus on interventions that work and partner with a broad range of stakeholders to achieve control of the epidemic and move closer to an AIDS-free generation.

Our Global Response

An estimated 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. New HIV infections have fallen 38 percent since 2001, with nearly three-fourths of the 2.1 million new HIV infections occurring in sub-Saharan African countries. As a science-based public health and disease prevention agency, CDC provides support that helps more than 60 countries strengthen their national HIV/AIDS programs and build sustainable public health systems. CDC conducts these activities through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease.

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Photo: David Snyder/CDC Foundation

Without lifesaving antiretroviral drugs, 50 percent of HIV-infected children will die before age 2 and 80 percent will die before age 5.

CDC’s global HIV/AIDS activities are grounded in science and critical to saving lives and preventing new infections. Core activities focus on:

  • Providing proven combination prevention interventions, including prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, antiretroviral treatment, and voluntary medical male circumcision.
  • Reaching orphans and vulnerable children, as well as other neglected and hard-to-reach populations.
  • Building and enhancing health systems, including sustainable human resources for health (e.g., healthcare workers) and accurate, reliable laboratory systems.

CDC’s innovative programs are helping countries collect and use more detailed data to target HIV treatment services to where they are needed most and to reduce the cost of delivering services. These activities also support greater accountability and transparency in the use of U.S. government funds. CDC works with key partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — to which the United States is the largest contributor — to ensure complementary programming for maximum impact of investments.

CDC has contributed to saving millions of lives through PEPFAR. Across the globe, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 35 percent to 1.5 million in 2013 since a peak of 2.4 million in 2005. The increased life expectancies of people in their most productive years have helped build more secure families and bolstered fragile nations devastated by the HIV epidemic. New pediatric HIV infections have dropped by 58 percent since 2001, to 240,000 in 2013, a significant achievement due largely to evidence-based programming to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Still, millions of people around the globe are waiting for access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs.

The United States has made an unwavering commitment to work with partner governments and other stakeholders to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS. The goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation worldwide is a shared responsibility, with partner countries in the central role.

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The HIV Treatment Works campaign features people living with HIV who are talking about how HIV care and treatment helps them stay healthy and protect others. Visit Act Against AIDS for more campaign resources.

Our Domestic Response

There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. The number of new HIV diagnoses has remained relatively stable from 2008-2012, but the numbers are still too high, especially among gay and bisexual men, blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. For example, of the 47,989 people diagnosed with HIV in 2012:

  • 64 percent were gay and bisexual men.
  • 47 percent were blacks/African Americans.
  • 18.5 percent were Hispanics/Latinos.

About 14 percent of all people living with HIV in the United States don’t know they have the virus, and the only way to find out is to be tested. Fortunately, HIV testing has never been easier due to rapid tests and home testing kits available online or from drugstores. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once, and that those at higher risk get tested at least once a year. Gay and bisexual men may benefit from getting tested more often, such as every 3 to 6 months. CDC also encourages people who are at high risk but do not have HIV to be aware of new approaches to HIV prevention, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

For all people living with HIV, it’s important to get and stay in HIV medical care, which includes taking medication, which can reduce the presence of the HIV virus in the body to very low levels, a state known as “viral suppression.” For people living with HIV, achieving viral suppression can improve health, increase life expectancy, and reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to others.

On November 25, 2014, CDC released its latest report on the HIV Continuum of Care in a new edition of Vital Signs, which includes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Vital Signs: HIV Diagnosis, Care, and Treatment Among Persons Living with HIV — United States, 2011, and an accompanying fact sheet, HIV Care Saves Lives, Viral Suppression is Key. Visit the Vital Signs website to learn more. According to the Vital Signs report, of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2011, less than a third had their virus under control through effective care and treatment.

To encourage people living with HIV to get in care and stay in care, CDC recently released HIV Treatment Works, a new campaign under the Act Against AIDS initiative.

CDC’s overall approach to HIV prevention and control in the United States includes funding and technical assistance for health departments; conducting surveillance and behavioral research; developing guidelines for HIV treatment, surveillance, and laboratory procedures; evaluating programs; conducting outreach and communication campaigns through the Act Against AIDS initiative; and providing training in HIV prevention and treatment.

CDC continues to work with our many partners to bring the best available prevention and treatment tools to the communities that need them most, at home and around the world. On this World AIDS Day, we are pleased to join with them in a unified effort to prevent the spread of HIV among this generation, and the generations to come.

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WRMA Inc. Presents Globally on Child Abuse and Neglect

Global Consulting Firm Disseminates Findings in Japan

Nagoya, Japan, September 14, 2014: Donald Graham, WRMA, Inc. Senior Vice President, presented “Applying Predictive Analytics to Child Welfare” to the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group on Collection of Child Maltreatment Data.

Mr. Graham described the latest evidence-based, results driven work in child welfare risk assessment. WRMA, Inc., in collaboration with Mindshare Technology, applied advanced machine learning techniques to develop an analytical model that identifies child welfare cases with a high probability of recurring abuse or neglect. Mr. Graham’s findings show that this technical approach improves professional risk assessments of existing child welfare cases by accurately predicting which cases are at highest risk for recurrence of abuse or neglect.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Nagoya, Japan. The XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally. ISPCAN’s mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse and child labor. To find out more about the XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, visit: http://www.ispcan.org/event/Japan2014.

WRMA awarded Master Agreement for Evaluation Services

Global Consulting Firm Continues Serving County Governments in Public Health Rockville, MD, May 6, 2014: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health awarded WRMA a six-year Master Agreement for Evaluation Services, Survey Methods and Outcome/Impact Assessment Methods effective through June 30, 2020. The contract was awarded based on WRMA demonstrating its expertise in designing and implementing program evaluations and impact assessments of small- and large- scale initiatives in public health, including health promotion and protection interventions, services, policies, and/or educational programs serving culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Work Orders will be awarded through competitive work order solicitations as issued from time to time by the County.   Quantitative skills called for include:

  • Complex sampling techniques
  • Designing and implementing multi-site evaluations
  • Merging and analyzing large data sets
  • Multivariate analysis, including logistic regression and discriminate modeling
  • Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis
  • Data visualization using data visualization software
  • Questionnaire design and validation

Scaling techniques Qualitative skills required include:

  • Facilitating focus groups and transcribing data
  • Structured, semi-structured, and unstructured interviewing
  • Field observation
  • Environmental scans
  • Analysis of qualitative data using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) such as Atlas.ti, NUD*IST, and others

  About WRMA, Inc. WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations. WRMA’s primary mission has been to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human service programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.

WRMA Inc. Provides Services to Victims of Human Trafficking

For Over a Quarter Century, Global Consulting Firm Continues Contributing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rockville, MD, October 9, 2014: WRMA, Inc. will partner with an international consulting firm in serving the Office of Women’s Health and Administration for Children and Families and its training initiative on Human Trafficking Prevention for Federal Government Agencies in the Caribbean and across US HHS Region II serving at-risk women, children, and youth. Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or commercial sex. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, reauthorized in 2008, is the main U.S. law to combat human trafficking domestically and worldwide. In 2012, President Obama issued a Call to Action Against Slavery and Human Trafficking and subsequently, the Federal Strategic Action Plan for Services to Victims of Human Trafficking.

 

The purpose of the Human Trafficking for Federal Government Agencies project is to develop curricula and conduct culturally-competent, capacity-building training to increase awareness and assist with identifying cases of trafficking, and services in accordance with federal, state, and territorial laws on human trafficking and in alignment with the goals of the Federal Strategic Action Plan for Services to Victims of Human Trafficking.

 

For further information, on the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking please see:http://www.ovc.gov/pubs/FederalHumanTraffickingStrategicPlan.pdf

 

About WRMA, Inc.

WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations. WRMA’s primary mission is to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human services programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.

WRMA Inc. Celebrates Third Win of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Bureau Data Support Contract

Global Consulting Firm Continues to Service HRSA in the Field of HIV/AIDS

Rockville, MD, October 1, 2014: Today, WRMA Inc., celebrates its third win of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Bureau Data Support contract. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). RWHAP’s goal is to improve the quality, availability, and provision of HIV-related medical care and treatment and support services for uninsured or underinsured individuals and families affected by the disease. Since its establishment in 1990, the RWHAP has been providing care and services to more than half a million people with, and affected by, the HIV disease each year.  The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Bureau Data Support project serves as the data coordination and program-related technical assistance center for the collection and submission of annual data reports required of Ryan White-funded programs. These reports include:  RWHAP Services Report (RSR) grantee, service provider, and client-level data for RWHAP grantees funded under Parts A, B, C, and D;  AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Data Report (ADR) grantee and client-level data;  Dental Services Report (DSR), which collects annual data from the Dental Reimbursement Program (DRP) and the Community-Based Dental Partnership Program (CBDPP) funded sites.
Since 2004, WRMA, Inc. and subcontractor CSR, Inc. have managed the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) data coordination and program-related technical assistance center to provide technical assistance services to Ryan White grantees.
Visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/abouthab/aboutprogram.html to learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
About WRMA, Inc. 
WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations.  WRMA’s primary mission has been to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human service programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.

WRMA Inc. Wins Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Part A Supplemental Funding Framework Feasibility Study

Global Consulting Firm Continues to Service HRSA in the Field of HIV/AIDS

Rockville, MD, October 1, 2014: Today, WRMA Inc., is pleased to announce winning the HRSA Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Part A Supplemental Funding – Feasibility Study of Proposed Framework for Allocation of Funds Responsive to Needs. The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), a federally funded program that provides grants to states and U.S. territories, eligible metropolitan areas (EMAs), and clinics. The goal of the RWHAP is to improve the quality, availability, and provision of HIV-related medical care and treatment and support services for uninsured or underinsured individuals and families affected by the disease. Part A funding provides emergency assistance to EMAs and Transitional Grant Areas (TGAs) that are most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
WRMA, Inc. and its sub-contractor the Mission Analytics Group, will conduct an 18-month long feasibility study to develop and assess a framework for distribution of Part A Supplemental Funds to better address the goals of Part A Supplemental Funding of EMAs’ and TGAs’. The framework’s goal is to have supplemental fund awards be more responsive to these areas’ unmet needs for HIV services.  For example, this framework needs better to address the estimated number of undiagnosed cases of HIV in a given EMA or TGA population.
Visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/abouthab/aboutprogram.html to learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
About WRMA, Inc. 
WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations.  WRMA’s primary mission has been to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human service programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.

WRMA Inc. Awarded IDIQ: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Funded Primary Care and Preventive Medical Services in Medical Care Settings Study

Global Consulting Firm Continues to Service HRSA in the Field of HIV/AIDS

Rockville, MD, October 1, 2014: It is with great pleasure that WRMA Inc. announces the winning of the HRSA Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order: the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Providing Primary Care and Preventive Medical Services in Ryan White–Funded

Medical Care Settings contract. The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) to improve the quality, availability, and provision of HIV-related medical care and treatment and support services for uninsured or underinsured individuals and families affected by the disease. Since its establishment in 1990, the RWHAP has been providing care and services to more than half a million people with, and affected by, the HIV disease each year.

This study will focus on the provision of primary and preventive care services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by Ryan White-funded clinics. With treatment advances in HIV/AIDS care, PLWHA are living longer and fuller lives. HAB recognizes the changing needs of PLWHA health care to include strategies to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, and manage other chronic conditions. This shift requires more integration of HIV/AIDS disease management and primary care. WRMA Inc. and its subcontractor Mission Analytics Group, Inc. will identify the types of primary and preventative care services provided by Ryan White clinics, models of service provision, gaps in care, and strategies for filling those gaps.

Visit http://hab.hrsa.gov/abouthab/aboutprogram.html to learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

About WRMA, Inc.

WRMA, Inc. is a woman-owned small business with more than 30 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurements and monitoring, and IT analytic services. Our clients include federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profit organizations (including foundations) and for-profit corporations. WRMA’s primary mission has been to provide system-wide improvements in support of the delivery of health, development, and human service programs, particularly for at-risk and disenfranchised populations.