From:                              Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force []

Sent:                               Thursday, November 05, 2015 9:02 AM

To:                                   Jason Herring

Subject:                          Change is coming!!



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        Issue 53/
November 2015







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PATF Announces Expansion and CEO   


Sean DeYoung (L) and Bart Rauluk being photographed by John Colombo


Our 30th anniversary year has brought great change and growth that we are eager to share with our valued supporters.We are proud to announce the selection of Sean DeYoung, MSW, LCSW as our Chief Executive Officer and the start of our transition to an integrated care model.

Sean will lead the agency as it expands services and assume the management responsibilities of Executive Director Chuck Christen, whose position was phased out at the end of September. We are grateful for Chuck's passion and dedication for four years of service to this agency. We wish him well as he continues applying his knowledge and expertise in assisting the HIV community in whatever way he can. The election of CEO was made after a national search.

Sean's resume includes over 20 years of executive administration, organizational development, and clinical operations in the nonprofit and social service sector. Prior to coming to PATF, he was the Director of Program Quality and Compliance for Familylinks, Inc. Sean has the unique mix of passion and skills needed to fulfill the expanded role that leadership will play in PATF's transition.

During the summer of 2013, the board of directors embarked on a strategic planning process with input from staff, clients, community leaders, and peer organizations. The resulting feedback was profound and insightful and informed our decision to expand from a social service agency to a model rooted in comprehensive, coordinated integrated care. By adding an expanded pharmacy program, behavioral health, and clinical care to our existing vital services, we will be able to bridge access to care for our clients and better serve our community.

The process has been challenging and humbling, but we are confident that our transition will bring better service and better health to those living with HIV/AIDS and better position us to fight the spread of infection in our community. The expansion is expected to be completed in April of 2016.

None of this would be possible without you and we thank you for your continued support. Together, we are building a bridge to better access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS in our region!

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HIV in the News: 


New $1 Pill Treats HIV/AIDS-Related Infection


A California specialty drug-maker is offering a $1 rival to a prescription drug solely supplied by Turing Pharmaceuticals, whose 5,000 percent price hike last month sparked outrage in the United States.

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals said Thursday it is offering a combination of pyrimethamine and leucovorin in an oral capsule for physicians to prescribe as a low-cost alternative to Turing's Daraprim, which fights a parasitic infection.






Better HIV Care Could Save Lives, Billions in Health Costs

Improved efforts to link and retain HIV-positive individuals in care, along with increased screening for HIV, could reduce the incidence of HIV infection and deaths from AIDS in the United States by more than 50% during the next 20 years, a new computational model shows.



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