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Chris Collins, M.P.P.
Vice President and Director, Public Policy
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Chris Collins joined amfAR as vice president and director of public policy in April 2009. He is based in amfAR’s Washington, D.C., office.

Collins has spent more than 18 years working in HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy. He is the author of Improving Outcomes: Blueprint for a National AIDS Plan for the United States, which was published by the Open Society Institute in 2007 and, most recently, was a consultant on policy and communications efforts for organizations including the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped coordinate the Foundation’s Global HIV Prevention Working Group and reviewed grant proposals.

Additionally, Collins co-founded the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) in 2002 and served as its executive director for two years, leading the organization’s advocacy and development efforts. He continues to serve on the board of AVAC. He also served as chief adviser to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on HIV/AIDS and health policy, a role in which he developed the first Congressional legislation designed to provide incentives for the development and delivery of vaccines against AIDS, malaria, and TB.

Collins is the author of dozens of publications about HIV/AIDS prevention, policy, education, and outreach. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with highest honors.

Entries by Chris Collins

Time to Tip the Scales in Favor of Ending AIDS

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:17 PM

UNAIDS announced this week that the annual number of new HIV infections worldwide has fallen by one-third since 2001. This welcome news is evidence that the past decade of sustained global attention and funding for HIV prevention and treatment has had a real impact.

A decade ago,...

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How Many Lives Do Your Taxes Save Each Year?

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 12:25 PM

By Chris Collins and Michal McDowell

Only about one quarter of one percent of the U.S. federal budget is dedicated to advancing global health through programs that fight diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria, deliver vaccines to children, and provide other lifesaving services. That small sliver of the budget works out...

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If We Want an AIDS-Free Generation, Why Are We Cutting PEPFAR?

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The persistent shortchanging of PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is one of the more significant and perplexing trends in America's global health policy. Funding for PEPFAR (America's bilateral global AIDS program) has been falling consistently from its peak in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year...

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Obama, the President Who Ends AIDS

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 5:52 PM

The Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation released by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2012 makes a bold declaration: We are at a tipping point in this most devastating pandemic of our time. By scaling up core, effective interventions, HIV infection and death rates can be brought...

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HIV Prevention Must Resume Its Place in the Larger LGBT Agenda

(18) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 8:44 PM

Much of the rhetoric at this year's International AIDS Conference was about achieving an "AIDS-free generation." This new optimism reflects the tremendous progress that has been made in both the science of HIV and our ability to translate that science into meaningful prevention and treatment programs, but if the United...

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The National HIV/AIDS Strategy at Two: The Beginnings of Reform, and a Glimpse of Success

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 5:29 PM

Five years ago, hundreds of organizations signed a call to action demanding a more accountable, coordinated, and outcomes-oriented approach to tackling AIDS in America. It called for setting clear targets for progress, increasing collaboration, and focusing on hardest hit populations.

What we saw five years ago was a patchwork...

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President Obama's Commitment To An AIDS-Free Generation (and How To Make It Happen)

(7) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 11:06 AM

In 10 years, will we look back on President Obama's 2011 World AIDS Day speech and see it as a turning point in the AIDS pandemic, or cringe at the lost opportunity of a singular moment? The president's December 1 speech could be pivotal, but only if it...

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Global Health Investments: A Payoff for the U.S.

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 2:35 PM

Co-written by Khai Hoan Tram

Last week, Republican presidential candidates convened in Las Vegas for a debate hosted by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference. On the topic of foreign aid, several of the presidential hopefuls were extremely skeptical. For example, Mitt Romney argued that "We're spending more on...

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A Step Forward in Tackling America's AIDS Epidemic (Now the Work Begins)

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Last week on The Colbert Report, during an interview with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Stephen Colbert remarked about the AIDS epidemic, "I thought we were done with that one." The audience laughed at the joke, but Colbert's fictional character was speaking...

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How HIV Prevention Has to Change

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 1:29 PM

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has included the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic on his short list of "winnable battles" in public health. But without important changes in the way our country addresses HIV/AIDS, in five years the annual rate of 56,000 new infections is...

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The Other Health Care Debate

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 2:00 PM

Domestic health reform is what we read about in the headlines, but important hearings in the House and the Senate this week speak to a parallel debate that is just as heated and that could lead to fundamental changes in America's approach to international health and...

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