Birmingham activist appointed to national council by President

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) - President Barack Obama has appointed a Birmingham activist to a national council aimed at addressing HIV and AIDS in the U.S.

Kathie Hiers is CEO of AIDS  Alabama and one of 24 individuals selected for the presidential advisory council on HIV and AIDS.

On Tuesday, Hiers and the other council members met with Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebilius in Washington.

Hiers says she is honored to be one of only two southerners named to the council.  "I have a real passion around the fact that people in the South that do not get the same services and funding in other parts of the country," Hiers said.  "So this gives me a real opportunity to change that so I'm excited about it."

Heirs says the President was unable to make the meeting, but is scheduled to be at the next one.