Agenda 2011

International Conference on HIV Stigma: The Virus We Can All Cure

World AIDS Day – December 1, 2011 8am – 4pm
Howard University, Blackburn Center Ballroom

[For a printable PDF agenda of the Conference, click here.]

8:00 – 9:00

Registration, Exhibits and Refreshments Opening

9:00 -10:00


Sidney Ribeau, PhD, President, Howard University
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)


Robert Bailey, II, MPH, National Partnerships, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Conference Objectives

Sohail Rana, MD, Professor, Howard University Hospital
Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD, Center for Stigma & Health Literacy at Howard University


Johnny Ford, Chair, Former Mayor of Tuskegee; Steering Committee, Center for Stigma & Health Literacy at Howard University


Reverend Dr. Alton Pollard, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity

10:00 – 12:00


Moderator: Caressa Cameron,2010 Miss America


Vanessa Johnson, JD, Board chair, National Women and AIDS Collective
Kali Lindsey, Director, Government Affairs, National Minority AIDS Council
Anne Stangl, PhD, MPH,
Secretariat Director of the Stigma Action Network
Rhea Van Brocklin, Executive Director, AIDS Project Central Iowa

12:00 – 12:05 Spoken Word – Howard University spoken word artist
12:05 – 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 – 2:00


TRACK 1: Am I REALLY at Risk? A peer-led conversation on HIV and stigma

Location: Blackburn/Ballroom B (main)
Moderator: Deneen Long-White, MS, CHES, Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department, Howard University

Durryle Brooks, MA, Program Manager, GLBTQ Health + Rights, Advocates for Youth
Danielle Douglass, Student, Howard University Peer Educator (HU PEERS)
Raul Posas, Positive Youth Institute, National Association for People with AIDS
Paul Spires, FreeStyle Youth Associate, MetroTeen AIDS
Ayesha Williams, Community Youth Activist

TRACK 2: Religion, Spirituality and HIV stigma

Location: Blackburn/Ballroom A
Moderator: Reverend Dr. Alton Pollard, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director, Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque and Associate Imam, First Hijrah Islamic Center
Rev. Tony Lee, Senior Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church, Maryland
Carolyn Massey, Director, POSITIVE IMPACT HIV/AIDS Ministry New Samaritan Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Olivia Stewart, Chair, Providence Baptist Church HIV/AIDS Ministry, Maryland
Reverend Dr. Christine Y. Wiley, CoPastor, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, Washington, DC

TRACK 3: Stigma and Access to Treatment in the Triple Diagnosed: HIV, Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Location: Blackburn/Digital Auditorium (1st floor)
Moderator: Erin Yeagley, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Tanya N. Alim, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Howard University College of Medicine
Judge Arthur Burnett, Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc
Walter Faggett, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Howard University College of Medicine and Senior Project Director, COBB NMA Health Institute
William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Howard University College of Medicine

2:00 – 2:10 BREAK (submission of evaluations)
2:10 – 2: 15 Spoken word performance – Howard University Student
2:15 – 3:45

Plenary Session 2: Best practices in addressing and eradicating stigma

Location: Blackburn Ballroom B
Moderator: Lisa Fager Bediako, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Gregory Pappas, MD, PhD, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, District of Columbia
Deepa Rao, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Rafael Mazin, MD, MPH, Regional Advisor, HIV/STI Prevention, Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Terrance Moore, Director, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)

3:45 – 4:00

Closing Remarks

Sohail Rana, MD
Rebecca Vargas-Jackson, MD