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International Conference on Stigma 2021 Agenda
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Monday, November 15th

All Day Art Posters Virtual Booths on Whova
9 am Opening Session

Announcements, Lisa Fager Bediako, MBA, Principal Consultant, Free Mind Communications, Inc

Welcome, Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph. Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Howard University

Barrie School, Vocal Performance

Opening Address Sohail Rana, MD, Professor, Pediatrics and Child Health, Director, International Conference on Stigma, Howard University

10 am Keynote

Sharon Wise, trauma expert, award winning film writer

10:20 am Research Plenary 1: Impact of Chronic Stress, Trauma and HIV among Minority Populations
Moderator: Susan Reif, Duke University
Forough Saadatmand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
Trauma and its impact on HIV related high risk behaviors
Susan Reif, Duke University
Minority Stress and Stigma with HIV and Mental Health
Kathryn Whetten, Ph.D., Duke University
Mental Health, Trauma and HIV in Sexual and Gender Minorities in Low and Middle Income Countries
Sara Legrand, Duke UniversitySo what can we do? Interventions
11:50 am Promising Futures with Maranda Ward
12:15 pm Lunch Hour


Raffle #1 – Saher Iqbal

1:15 pm Scientific Abstracts Session

Winners announced, Victoria Hoverman, Ph.D., Senior Study Director, Westat, Rockville, MD

Abstract Winner, Second Prize

Abstract Winner, First Prize

1:45 pm ESCALATE Project

NMAC Panel

2:15 pm Research Plenary 2: Overcoming Stigma in our World
Moderator:  TBD
Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, Professor of Humanities, Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA
Doerthe Adriana Andreae, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Utah
Stigma and Bias from Patients toward Minoritized Physicians and Nurses
Övgü Kaynak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences & Psychology Director, Awareness & Community Engagement (ACE) Lab, Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, Penn State Harrisburg, School of Behavioral Sciences & Education
Life Unites Us: A Statewide Project Targeting Opioid Use Disorder Stigma
Brenda Curtis, Ph.D., MsPH, Chief, Technology and Translational Research Unit, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
The Stigmatizing Language of Substance Use and Recovery
3:30 pm      Break
3:45 pm Town Hal
5:00 pm End of Activities for the day
Tuesday, November 16  Faith and Community Day
All day Art  Posters  Virtual Booths on Whova
10 AM HIV in the Black Community Workgroup (Session Open to Public, Accepting new members)
Co-Moderators: Jerry Washington, Sheilah Alinda, Raymond Thomas
11 AM Faith Session One (Covid and HIV, tentative)
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Internalized Stigma Workgroup (Session Open to Public, Accepting new members)
Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.,
Research Psychologist, Univ of Maryland & Veterans Health Administration, College Park, MD
Joe DeLuca, Ph.D.
, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Emily Petti
, Graduate Student, Department of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine, CA. 
2:00 pm Raffle #2 – Naana Winful

Heterosexual Men “Positive Entrempowerment”
(Session Open to Public, Accepting new members)
Co-Moderators: Derrick Robinson, Alberto JP Bermudez, Ifeachor Potts 

3:00 pm Faith Session Two (Harm reduction and reaching vulnerable groups, tentative)
4:30 pm Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health Workgroup (Session Open to Public, Accepting new members)
Co-Moderators: Carlene Valentine, Gauri Bhattacharya, Haley Deutsch
5:30 pm End of Activities for the day
Wednesday, November 17  
All Day Art  Posters  Virtual Booths on Whova
9:00 am International Session

Joseph Kagaayi, Makerere University
Tanzania and Rwanda, RTI International
Margaret Cassell, Sickle Cell Warrior, Sierra Leone
Living with Sickle Cell in Sierra Leone
Micheal Senyonga, National Representative of the young people living with HIV in Uganda, Global Fund CCM YOUTH Representative
Community Response to Covid 19 Pandemic Global Effects to HIV Service Delivery
Catherine Mwauyakufa, Zimbabwe

Stigma Stories

Tarira Kutadza, Zimbabwe

More TBD

Raffle # 3 Jaden Petrus


10:30 am Break

Personal and Professional Development Day

Organizer: Lisa Fager Bediako, MBA, Principal Consultant, Free Mind Communications, Inc. 

11:00 am Session One 
12:30 pm Lunch Break 
2:00 pm Session Two 
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Session Three 
4:30 pm End of Activities for the day
Thursday, November 18
All Day Art  Posters  Virtual Booths on Whova
8:45 am Welcome and Announcements
9:00 am Gilead Sponsored
Keynote Address
 Shanell McGoy
9:30 am Research Plenary 3: Internalized Stigma
Moderator: Alicia Lucksted, PhDSpeakers: TBD 
11:00 am Stigma Stories
11:05 am Break
11:15 am Poster Presenters Live Session (3 concurrent zoom sessions) 
11:50 am Awards

Stigma Warrior Awards- Sohail Rana, MD

Art Winners Announced- Patricia Houston, MS

Raffle #2- Zeyna Diallo

12:10 pm Lunch Break


Art Slide Show 

1:00 pm Permission to THRIVE, Theratechnologies sponsored workshop

Daniel Driffin, MPH, Creator and Senior Advisor of D3 Consulting LLC, Cofounder and Director of External Affairs with THRIVE Support Services, Inc.

Larry Scott Walker, Executive Director of THRIVE SS 

2:00 pm Concurrent Workshops- Session 1                             

Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC)

Moderator: Cheryl A. Pack, BS, Regional Coordinator, MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center (MAAETC), Howard University Regional Site


Sickle Cell

Moderator: Kendall Moody, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work,


Shawn Bediako, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ahmar U. Zaidi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Central Michigan University SOM, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Ndiogou Ba, Civil Engineer at Wk Dickson, part time first responder with Mecklenburg EMS Agency and living with SS Sickle Cell Disease             

HIPS/ Transgender/sex work//drugs


3:20 pm Break/Announcements
3:40 pm Concurrent Workshops- Session 2               

Hispanic Focus
Coordinators: Jesus Felizzola MD, MHSA, MA and Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD
Moderator: Jesus Felizzola MD, MHSA, MA

Gilead COMPASS Project

Moderator: Ezer Kang, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director Global Community Health Lab, Howard University


Wake Forest University Faith Coordinating Center
Southern AIDS Coalition Coordinating Center
University of Houston SUSTAIN Coordinating Center
Emory University Coordinating Center

Louis Shakelford, Project Manager, External Relations, COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) &

HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN)

5:00 pm Break
6:30 pm Broadcast of “Faith to Move Forward” Jefferson, Georgia.

Special session: “Healing from the Broken Pieces”

Moderator: Reverend Sande Bailey, Founder and Executive Director, Foundations for Living

Dr. Daryl Bloodsaw, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church West Athens, GA
Rev. Dr. R. Lorraine
Brown, DMin, CHM, CPHP, RN,
Project S.P.I.R.I.T. Sickle Cell (PSSC), Sickle Cell Pastoral Intervention Reaching Individuals in Transition
Arch-Bishop Dr. Joyce Turner Keller, founder and CEO of Aspirations, founder of the Travelers of Christ Evangelistic Ministry and Academy, Founder of Positive Diva & Positive Dude Productions 

7:30 pm End of Activities for the day
Friday, November 19 
9:00 am Please take this time to visit the Art, Posters, Virtual Booths and Community Boards
10:30 am Becoming a Mental Health First Aider to Reduce Stigma

Phronie Jackson, PhD, MPH, Certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, Executive Director WALK/Ward 5 Health Coalition, Assistant Professor of Health Education at the University of the District of Columbia 

11:35 am Trauma Recovery Training

Moderator: Sharon Wise 

12:45 pm Closing Words

Sohail Rana, MD, Professor, Pediatrics and Child Health, Director, International Conference on Stigma, Howard University

 Raffle #5- Patty 

1:00 pm Conclusion of Event