Kaiser Permanente HIV/AIDS Director Appointed to Presidential Council

Presidential Advisory Panel

New appointment brings learnings from Kaiser Permanente's HIV/AIDs program directly to the White House.

Presidential Advisory PanelMichael Horberg, MD, MAS, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and a research scientist at the Division of Research in Oakland, was appointed Feb. 2 to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) during a ceremony at the White House.

The council provides advice and recommendations to President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in order to strengthen domestic and global efforts to care for those currently infected with HIV and to prevent the spread of the virus to the uninfected through programs and policies aimed at both prevention and care advances.

Michael HorbergThe 25 council members were appointed by Secretary Sebelius for their expertise in the various disciplines that impact the prevention, diagnosis, and quality of HIV care and policy and for their representation of many diverse populations. PACHA members are invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years.

Commenting on the diverse disciplines represented by other members of the council, Dr. Horberg noted that "[he] will be the first person from managed care to be appointed to PACHA, and one of the few physicians ever who is not in either public health care or academia."

Dr. Horberg noted that his nomination to the council was supported by Kaiser Permanente executives Dr. Philip Madvig, TPMG associate executive director, and Dr. Jed Weissberg, SVP, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence.

Dr. Horberg currently serves on the board of directors of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Disease Society of America and is the director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and The Permanente Federation. He also chairs the Central Research Committee for the region. His new position on the council will require some time in Washington, D.C.

"While PACHA was founded during President Clinton's first term, it has been totally reconstituted under President Obama," Dr. Horberg noted. "I hope to share the best practices of Kaiser Permanente on testing and prevention, access to care, quality metrics, and systems of care so that delivery of HIV care is optimized for infected patients here and abroad."

Dr. Horberg added that his appointment is a significant tribute to Kaiser Permanente's nationwide reputation for HIV care excellence.

"The goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy are both in keeping with the President's stated goals and with the HIV/AIDS program currently existing at Kaiser Permanente. My appointment really illustrates the respect for our program not just locally but nationally. We've learned so much at Kaiser Permanente that can be shared globally."