Final Agenda 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014, 8 am – 5 pm

Emcees: Lisa Fager Bediako, Caroline Reed, Javed Khan, Patricia Houston

8:00 Registration, Exhibits and Refreshments
8:45 – 9:30 Musical Invocation
Afro Blue, Howard UniversityWelcome
Poem, “HIV and Me” Recited by Wanda Collier
Written by Goulda A. Downer, PhD, RD, LN, CNS, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, AETC Capitol Region Telehealth Center, Howard University

Joxel Garcia, M.D., MBA
Director, District of Columbia, Department of Health
Sohail Rana, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University
Ecology of Fear, Shame, Blame and Stigma: the secret life of “its, them and those”

Location: Howard University College of Medicine Red Room (3019)
Moderators: Monica Palacio, J.D., Director, Office of Human Rights, District of ColumbiaSpeakers
Ben Mason Meier, JD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina
Title: The Evolution of Human Rights in the Global HIV/AIDS Response
Salaam Semaan, MPH, DrPH, Deputy Associate Director for Science, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Title: Addressing the Stubborn and Deadly Stigma of Addiction and Infectious Diseases
Paulina Muchina, Ph.D., Founder, Future African Leaders Project / African Women and Youth Initiative, US Representative
Title: Social Taboos that Exacerbate Stigma and HIV
Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH, Founder/President, SisterLove, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Title: All About Justice: Locating the HIV/AIDS Struggle in the Reproductive Justice Framework

Questions and Answers  

11:25-11:45 Keynote Address
Douglas Brooks, MSW
Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House
11:45-12:45 LUNCH

Promising Futures Youth performance, Posters and Exhibit Tables,
Afro Blue, Howard University’s Premier Vocal Jazz Ensemble

12:45–1:25 Personal Perspectives

Maria Mejia, International Social Media Activist, Author, Co-chair of the Women and Minorities Outreach for the Dab the AIDS bear project, and Ambassador for The Stigma Project

Jamie Gentille, MPH, Author, “Surviving HIV: Growing Up a Secret and Being Positive”

Mary Bowman, Poet, Singer, Author

Location: Howard University College of Medicine Red Room (3019)

Moderators: Lisa Fager Bediako, M.B.A., Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. and Joseph L. Wright, M.D., MPH, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University

Maurice Evans, Network Navigator, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR, Health Resources & Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Special Programs for National Significance (SPNS)
Title: Community Programs and Interventions to Address Stigma: Experiences from the HRSA SPNS initiative on Building a Medical Home for the Multiply Diagnosed HIV positive Homeless Population

Carla Zelaya Ph.D.Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
Title: The importance of addressing stigma when offering HIV care and treatment services, evidence from Vietnam.

Noerine Kaleeba, Ph.D., Programme development adviser for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Founder and Patron of The AIDS Support Organization TASO
Title: Building Resilience, Challenging Stigma—Lessons from Uganda

Questions and Answers

3:20–4:50 CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONSTRACK 1: Ethics of HIV Disclosure: To Tell or Not to Tell?
Location: 1008 (First Floor Auditorium off Lobby)
Moderator: Lisa Bediako, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director, The Center for HIV Law & Policy
Jeffrey Birnbaum, M.D., MPH. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Executive Director, HEAT Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York
Maria Mejia, International Social Media Activist

TRACK 2: Let’s Talk About Sex!

Location: Red Room (3019)
Moderator/Coordinator: Rodney McCoy, Jr, Health Educator, Nova Salud
P. Justin Goforth, RN, BSN,
Director, Community Relations, Whitman Walker Health
Patricia Nalls, Executive Director, The Women’s Collective
Justin B. Terry-Smith, HIV Activist, Justin’s HIV Journal
Debbie McMillian, HIPS, Enhanced Harm Reduction Services Manager
Gee Session-Smalls, Co-Founder,

TRACK 3: Using the Peer Community Health Worker Model to Overcome Stigma
Location: Classroom 2208
Coordinator/Moderator: Elisabeth Michel, Program Assistant, Institute for Public Health Innovation
Panelists: Doug Fogal, Community Health Worker, Institute for Public Health Innovation and AIDS Response Effort, Inc
Dwyan Monroe, Program Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Innovation
Christopher Barnhill, Community Health Worker Institute for Public Health Innovation and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc.
Lonita Sheppard, Community Health Worker, Institute for Public Health Innovation and Andromeda Transcultural Health, Inc.

TRACK 4: “HIV Stigma in the Faith Community: How can we change?”
Location: Room 211
Coordinator/Moderator: David Hoover, M Div. LCSW, INOVA Juniper Program
Moderator: Todd Brown, Pastor First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook (McLean Va.) and Community Health Specialist for the Fairfax County Health Department

4:50 Call to Action and Closing Remarks
Sohail Rana, MD