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May 27, 2016: Special Edition

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Special Edition: May 27, 2016
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Help Save the HIV Research Network at AHRQ!

May 27, 2016

Dear Friends of CFAR,

In the electronic age being able to have a strong and immediate positive impact on the lives of others can occasionally be only a mouse click away.

This is one of those times.

We need your mouse click.
By June 6th.

First, scan this brief opinion poll:

Which of the below is crucial to the conduct of high quality HIV research, HIV service provision, and/or HIV policy making?

Being able to use data to...

❑ Evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act
❑ Document changes in the cost of HIV
❑ Reduce errors in antiretroviral drug prescribing
❑ Determine the economic value of HIV prevention
❑ Inform HIV adolescent treatment guidelines
❑ Monitor and address HIV-related disparities

If you voted yes for even one of the above WE NEED YOUR SIGNATURE on a sign on letter asking the to restore funding for the HIV Research Network.

It would also be great if you could treat the link to this Network News Special Edition like a chain letter and pass it on to everyone you know via FB, Twitter, email, etc.

Read More About It below:

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Please consider joining a sign on letter advocating for restoration of funding for the HIV Research Network (HIVRN), which has been slated for termination at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Funding for AHRQ was cut by 8% in FY2016 and as a result AHRQ decided to eliminate HIVRN in FY 2016. HIVRN funding also was NOT included in AHRQ's 2017 funding request. The funding level for HIVRN from AHRQ is $1.6 million.

HIVRN is a unique source for information on service utilization, disparities, cost-effectiveness and quality of HIV care in the U.S. These data are critical to monitoring health reform and to implementing an effective National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Established in 2000, the HIVRN is comprised of 18 clinical research sites collecting data on more than 25,000 children, adolescents and adults with HIV for more than 15 years. Data from HIVRN has helped to:

• Evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act
• Document changes in the cost of HIV
• Reduce errors in antiretroviral drug prescribing by 34% across the sites
• Determine the economic value of HIV prevention
• Inform the HIV adolescent treatment guidelines
• Monitor and address HIV-related disparities

Please join us in calling for restoration of funding for the HIV Research Network. Endorsements are welcome from both organizations and individuals – simply CLICK HERE to sign on BY cob Monday, June 6th. Thank you for your support. Please circulate this alert far and wide to your networks!

Best Regards,
Kimberly Miller, Senior Policy Officer
HIV Medicine Association

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This important alert is brought to you by HIV Medicine Assocation (HIVMA) Board of Directors Members Wendy Armstrong and Carlos del Rio.

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Editor, Kimberley (Kimbi) Sessions Hagen, EdD

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