Shanker appointed to presidential advisory panel on HIV/AIDS

Written by on August 5, 2021

Shanker appointed to presidential advisory panel on HIV/AIDS

By Jim Deegan
August 5, 2021

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The founder of Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has joined an advisory panel to the president.

Adrian Shanker was sworn Aug. 4 to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

The group of about 20 people provides advice and recommendations to the federal Secretary of Health & Human Services regarding programs, policies and research on HIV and AIDS.

Shanker heads the Lehigh Valley’s only LGBT community center and created the state’s LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment. He is recognized as a leader in LGBTQ-plus health policy and worked with the state Department of Health to prioritize people with HIV for COVID-19 vaccinations.

He said he was honored to be appointed by the Biden administration.

“Health equity is an unmet dream at the center of challenges faced by HIV/AIDS around our country and across our globe,” he said in a prepared statement. “… I am grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside the other PACHA members as we all work toward the end of the HIV epidemic.”

Shanker was sworn in by Dr. Rachel Levine, the former Pennsylvania health secretary and now assistant secretary for health at the U-S Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh Valley), applauded the appointment.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked with Adrian and have come to truly value his expertise on health policy issues related to LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS,” she said in a news release.

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