Obama releases documents from advocacy groups

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Jennifer LaFleur at ProPublica points out that “President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team seems to be following through with its promise of transparency by posting documents from its meetings with industry and advocacy groups.”

There are some health-related documents among the postings:

AIDS in America: An agenda endorsed by 15 national organizations that calls for “the development of a National AIDS Strategy for the U.S. that is designed to lower HIV incidence, increase access to HIV care, and reduce racial disparities in the epidemic and integrate HIV with STD, viral hepatitis and TB programs at the local level.”

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum: “Priorities for the new administration to improve the health and well-being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders”

Analysis of HIV/AIDS Priority Issues for Immediate Action: List of issues for “immediate action” from the AIDS Action Council

Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration: Agenda from a coalition of about 60 medical, public health, research, religious and religiously affiliated, women’s health, legal, and other advocacy organizations.

National Water Policy Dialogue: The American Water Resources Association, the Environment and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Wildlife Federation submitted a summary of the National Water Policy Dialogues conducted by AWRA at the request of 10 federal water agencies. Water quality is among their concerns.

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