PACHA Town Hall

The first day of the Summit concluded with a town hall-style meeting with twelve members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA has advised the White House in preparation and implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and used this opportunity to consult with Summit attendees about the social drivers of HIV.

While panel members responded to some audience questions, their focus was on gathering as much feedback as possible in the time allowed, which often meant listening. Questions and comments from the audience touched on:

  • concerns over HIV stigma in housing (including landlord refusal based on funding source) and housing affordability
  • the importance and necessity of Housing First programs
  • missed opportunities to collect data on food and nutrition programs through HRSA and other means
  • the possibility of passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (which would prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity)
  • the needs of trans communities and concerns that these communities may not benefit from or be visible in the updated Strategy
  • immigration reform, particularly as it concerns undocumented populations and their access to health care
  • the need for empowerment and decreased stigma among people living with HIV.