AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition to Receive Outreach Grant from Ford Foundation
The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition yesterday announced that it will receive a $250,000 grant over two years from the Ford Foundation to fund community outreach and mobilization activities to "inform and engage communities" on AIDS vaccine research. The group, a consumer-based watchdog, education and advocacy group "working to accelerate ethical development and delivery of AIDS vaccines" worldwide, also announced the appointment of Edd Lee as the new director of education and outreach. Lee, who will assume the position in July, is currently serving as the associate director of prevention services at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center in San Francisco. "From pushing governments and industry to accelerate research, to monitoring the ethics of clinical trials, to insisting on rapid global access to vaccines, members of AIDS-affected communities have an important role to play," AVAC Executive Director Chris Collins said (AVAC release, 6/25).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.