NonprofitLIVE! I'm Scott Schoettes, 1 of 6 members of PACHA who resigned because this admin doesn't care about HIV/AIDS.
Jun 30th 2017 by lambdalegal • 14 Questions • 107 Points
Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.
I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!
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In your letter, you said that the new adminstration doesn't really care about HIV prevention plans..so did you try to have a serious conversation with the adminstration's officials about the consequences of being indifferent about this issue? And if you did (which is probable), were they that negative and careless in their response?
Hey! Love all the vintage Fortune covers... we've got a few of those floating around our office (Fortune is a sister brand at Time Inc).
How has the housing market changed in North Texas since you published this article in 2015?
So first, let me explain that communications between the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the administration occur almost exclusively through written recommendations, sometimes supplemented by the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy taking things that he hears at meetings and bringing them to the administration's attention. Of course, there is no one in the job of the Director of ONAP right now, because the president hasn't appointed anyone, so that line of communication is not open.
We did send, after our March meeting, a letter to the administration introducing the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, describing the parameters of the epidemic today and making a series of recommendations for things we thought needed to happen—especially in the context of healthcare reform—in order to retain our ability to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The response was from from a lower-level acting secretary at the Department of Health & Human Services, and it was perfunctory at best. Someone described it as "the kind of letter you get from your senator when you ask them to do something they have no intention of doing." So like, "thank you, we're so glad you wrote, and we'll take this into account."
We actually sent a second letter (even though we got a non-response to the first) that dealt specifically with HIV stigma reduction. This was a followup to some work that the council had been doing through the fall of last year, and we have yet to receive a response to that second letter. So yes, we have tried, but those responses and everything else we were seeing from this administration made it pretty clear that they were not interested in in engaging with us about HIV.
You know, we're dealing with someone here who by all accounts dumped his greatest mentor and a dear friend—Roy Cohn—shortly after he found out that he had an AIDS diagnosis. So it's not surprising that he, as president, doesn't seem to want to engage on the topic of HIV & AIDS.
Prices have gone up by more than 20 percent in the last two years. And there's very little for sale in the area priced under $250,000 - only about 4,000 listings last time I checked. - SB