Northwestern Memorial's Patricia Garcia, MD, Named to Presidential AIDS Council
Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH will serve on subcommittee focused on access to care issues
Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, director of the Perinatal HIV Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV-AIDS. Garcia, along with 23 other members of the council, will make recommendations to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to help reduce the incidence of HIV, advance research on AIDS, improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and assure access to quality care. Garcia will serve on a subcommittee focused on access to care issues during her three year term.
“Access to care is essential,” said Garcia. “It is not only a lifeline for patients’ continued health and well-being, but better access to care translates into the opportunity to reduce transmission to other individuals as well.”
Garcia believes her appointment comes at a critical juncture in the nation’s history.
“Healthcare reform is incredibly important to those affected by HIV,” said Garcia. “As money becomes tighter states are being forced to weigh prevention versus treatment, and prevention is the key to the future.”
Garcia also chairs the board of the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative. She believes her appointment to the Presidential AIDS Council is a reflection of the strides the entire Chicago community has made in Perinatal HIV prevention. Northwestern has a long history of collaborating with many organizations devoted to this cause, including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
“We’ve focused on providing services to pregnant women and prevention in both women and children,” said Garcia. “I’m excited and enthused to address HIV issues on a national and international level and bring our Chicago perspective to advocating for women affected by HIV.”
An estimated 1 million individuals are living with HIV in the United States. A new HIV infection occurs every nine-and-a-half minutes in America.