Program Schedule

Friday, November 30, 2012, 8 am – 4 pm

Howard University, Blackburn Center Ballroom

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Registration, Exhibits and Refreshments

8:45 -10:00

Lisa Fager Bediako, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc
Cynne´ Simpson, ABC 7

Gregory Pappas, MD, PhD, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, District of  Columbia

Grant Colfax, MD, Director, The White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, Director, District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research

Jeanne White Ginder, AIDS Activist and Mother of Ryan White

Conference Objectives
Sohail Rana, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Howard University

Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD, Coordinator,  Center for Stigma at Howard University

10:00 – 12:00

Plenary Session I:  Addressing Stigma in Policy and the Community
(2 CME credits)
Location: Blackburn Ballroom B
Moderator:  Lisa Fager Bediako

Maria Alvarez, MPA, Lead Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nick DeLuca, PhD, Chief, Prevention Communication Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michelle Lopez, “Let’s Stop HIV Together” CDC campaign participant

Daniel Montoya, Deputy Executive Director, National Minority AIDS Council

Charles Stephens, Regional Organizer, AIDS United, Advocacy for Black Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)




Promising Futures – Youth Poetry and O.B.E.Y. Dancers Performance  (No CME credits)


12:00-12:30 LUNCH

12:30 – 2:00

 (1.5 CME credits per track/see abstract section for more details)

TRACK 1:  #AnyOneCanGetIt – Youth & College Discussion  
Location: Digital Auditorium
Moderator: Tamara Henry, PhD, George Washington University, School of Public Health

Jordan Bailey, Mr. School of Communication, Howard University
Dwayne Lawson Brown, Community Outreach Coordinator, Metro Teen AIDS
Raven Lopez, “Let’s Stop HIV Together” CDC campaign participant
Lamisha Mills, Peer Educator, Metro Teen AIDS
Valerie Previl, HU PEERS & Me @ 30 Action Network
Sydney Turner, Spoken Word Artist, Howard University
Michael Reid, HU PEERS & Me @ 30 Action Network

TRACK 2:   Faith Based AIDS Ministries-Challenges &  Lessons Learned
Location:  Ballroom A
Moderator:  Linda Scruggs,Director, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
Julian Dangerfield, Director, Shalom Outreach
Carolyn Massey, Director, POSITIVE IMPACT HIV/AIDS Ministry, New Samaritan Baptist Church

Kathi Winter, He Intends Victory, Christian HIV/AIDS Support and Education

TRACK 3:  Stigma  In Immigrant Populations: African and Latino Perspectives
Location: Ballroom B
Moderators: Miniabiyi T. Ford and Antonio Ochoa
Sonja Caffe, PhD, MPH, MSc, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS           

Margaret D Korto, MBA, MHA, Sr. Program Analyst, African & African American Populations, Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Ijeoma Otigbuo, PhD,  Professor/Director, AIDS Awareness Resource Center, Natural Applied Science, Montgomery College       

Carlos E. Sluzki, MD, Chair – Professor, Department of Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

TRACK 4:  Designing Peer Driven Disclosure Focused Interventions as a means for Addressing and Reducing HIV-Related Stigma
Location: Classroom 148/150
Facilitator: Vanessa Johnson, JD

TRACK 5: Short Film Screenings
Location: The Forum – Room 144/146   
“HIV-USA”   Filmmaker Jason Wilder Evans
“13%” Dream Factory, Art Jones and Pam Bailey

2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 2:25 Musical Selection, Mr. Tyrone Stanley and the Barrie School (No credits)

2:25 – 3:55

Plenary Session II:  Best practices in addressing and eradicating stigma: International Lessons Learned (1.5 CME credits)
Location: Blackburn Ballroom B
Moderators: Anne Stangl, PhD and Dean Cudore L. Snell, DSW

Pauline Muchina, MDiv, PhD, Senior Partnership Advisor, UNAIDS
Laura Nyblade, PhD, Senior Technical Advisor, Stigma and Discrimination, Health Policy Project and Global Health Group, RTI International

Wardah M. Rajab-Gyagenda, PhD, Director: Research, Publications & Innovations Islamic University In Uganda

Ximena Salazar, MA,  Executive Coordinator, Cayetano Heredia University, Director Institute of Studies in Health, Sexuality and Human Development, Lima, Peru
Chinkholal Thangsing, MD,  Touch of Hope Foundation, Gurgaon, India

3:55 – 4:00


Closing Remarks
Sohail Rana, MD