2000 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Health System Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive (commissioned officer 0-5 level or lower/GS-14 level or lower equivalent) who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

Frances Murphy, M.D., MPH receiving the award on behalf of
Kim Hamlett, Ph.D. from AHA Board member, Ron Spaeth, CEO, Highland Park Hospital.

The recipient of the 2000 Special Achievement Award is Kim W. Hamlett, Ph.D., Associate Director for HIV Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, AIDS Service, Washington, DC.

Dr. Hamlett, Associate Director for HIV Prevention, is responsible for the planning and coordination of HIV/AIDS prevention programs and policies for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. She also serves as the Veterans Health Administration expert on HIV/AIDS prevention policy and is responsible for coordination with all relevant VA programs and contact with other Federal and private sector agencies on issues of HIV prevention programs, policy, and research.

Dr. Hamlett has raised awareness within the VA of HIV prevention needs of veteran populations. She has worked to increase the national reputation of the VA health care system as the nation's largest single provider of HIV/AIDS care and care for those at risk for HIV. In 1999, Dr. Hamlett coordinated two large NIH clinical sites grant applications for HIV prevention clinical trials. This was the first nationally coordinated effort within the VA to establish HIV prevention and vaccine trials networks.

In 2000, Dr. Hamlett met with the VA Veterans' Readjustment Advisory Committee, representing the major veterans service organizations to review HIV prevention and risk issues relevant to veteran populations. This collaboration resulted in a call for additional HIV prevention education, which led to national outreach activities such as a National HIV Testing Day and the development of educational programs to educate veterans about HIV.

Dr. Hamlett has also organized what will be the VA's first national HIV prevention training conference to tackle the public health challenge of how to best "translate" the findings of HIV prevention research into everyday practice in clinical settings and large managed care systems. This innovative conference will bring together some of the nation's leading HIV prevention researchers with VA health care providers to inform providers about effective HIV prevention strategies that can be integrated into existing clinical services.

Dr. Hamlett is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist by the Commonwealth of Virginia and prior to her work with the VA was a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Division of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Hamlett also volunteers as a staff psychologist at the Infection Disease Clinic of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, DC.


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