Lucy Bradley-Springer has been a nationally recognized leader in HIV/AIDS education and training for almost 30 years. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Dr. Bradley-Springer, along with five other members of PACHA, known as the “PACHA 6”, resigned from PACHA in June of this year to protest the current administration’s proposed changes to health care policy, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the impact on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. This action received national attention and was covered by Time, Newsweek, and other major publications.
A spokesman for the PACHA 6 stated: “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”
In her keynote address, Dr. Bradley-Springer will share in more detail her experiences and concerns about access to health care in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. She will also discuss the ways that the PACHA 6 and our community can continue to be activists in the fight to keep and improve access to health care for those at risk of or infected with HIV.
A Q & A with Dr. Bradley-Springer is available here.