Yesterday, February 12, 2024, the CDC released a statement announcing that Robyn Neblett Fanfair, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS), has been selected as the permanent Director of the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP), National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), CDC. AIDS United is thrilled to celebrate the historic appointment of DHP’s first black female director during this black history month.
“Dr. Robyn Neblett Fanfair is a marvelous choice to lead the Division of HIV Prevention. Her record of accomplishments during her many months as Acting Director was formidable, and she showed us how important engaging with our community is to her both personally and professionally. She will bring fresh and transformative leadership to the director role as a black woman, and we know she will embrace and work hard for the entire diversity of the HIV community. I could not be happier with her selection,” said Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United.”
“I spoke with Dr. Fanfair personally to congratulate her on behalf of AIDS United and offered our support for her vision and my personal availability to assist her and DHP as we work together to end this epidemic. Our board of trustees and our policy and advocacy, strategic grant making, and capacity building teams all look forward to our continuing partnership with DHP under her leadership.”
Dr. Neblett Fanfair has led the Division as the Acting Director since August 2022 and will continue to provide leadership and expertise to manage, direct and coordinate the Division’s work to reduce new HIV infections, advance health equity, and improve the health of people with HIV.
“I’ve worked closely with every director of DHP over the past 25 years, including our board chair, Dr. Eugene McCray, and I know Dr. Fanfair will continue a tradition of delivering strong evidence-based and community-infused perspectives to DHP’s important mission for our country. She’s a marvelous choice.”
Join us in celebrating this historic shift for DHP, Dr. Neblett Fanfair and black women working to end the HIV epidemic.