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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
NEW YORK: New AIDS Chief Stresses Prevention
Duncan Osborne
April 27, 2005
Gay City News (04.07.05) - Wednesday, April 27, 2005

On March 3, Dr. Scott Kellerman became the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's new assistant commissioner for HIV/AIDS Services, heading a bureau with a $220 million annual budget and some 230 staff members. The bureau oversees funds to many city AIDS service organizations, the city's HIV prevention efforts, AIDS policy, surveillance, and epidemiology.

Kellerman earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida and his master's in public health from Emory University. Prior to joining the city department, he worked for 10 years at CDC, the last five on AIDS issues in Africa and India. "Over the years it became obvious to me that if I was really going to make an impact on [HIV] transmission rates that I'd have to get back to work at the local level," said Kellerman.

Kellerman's bureau is developing measures to assess the performance of its contractors to see if spending is translating into results. "We're creating an outcomes evaluation team within the bureau to really start thinking about if we spend 10 million dollars on X after a year or two or three what did we get out of it?" he said. "Did it really go to the goal of decreasing transmission?" Kellerman said that maybe the time has come to consider "non- traditional" AIDS strategies. "I don't know what that means yet, but I'm really going to be thinking about what that means over the next six months or so," he said. "We're 20 years into this thing. We've spent hundreds of millions of dollars in this town alone on traditional prevention efforts and we're still dealing with 4,000 new diagnoses in this town alone."