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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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15th Texas HIV-STD Conference Plenary Sessions

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HIV/STD Program Opening Remarks

Felipe Rocha, M.S.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Manager
HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Felipe Rocha is the Manager of the HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch at DSHS. He has worked with DSHS for over five years and previously worked with the Massachusetts Department of Health AIDS Bureau for six years. Rocha serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and has done so for the last three years. He has also been a technical assistance provider to the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Cambodia through the NASTAD Global AIDS Program. Rocha has also been engaging the state AIDS officials from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in a cross border planning initiative. He has over 20 years of experience working in social services in the mental health, addiction and HIV fields. Rocha holds a master of science in social work and has held adjunct faculty positions in both Texas and Massachusetts in several schools of social work.

Sharon K. Melville, M.D., M.P.H.
Manager
HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dr. Sharon Melville received a medical doctorate in 1985 and a master of public health in epidemiology in 1991. She has worked in the field of HIV and STD for over 10 years. She joined DSHS (then Texas Department of Health) in November 1996. She is currently Manager of the HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. The HIV/AIDS Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch has responsibility for statewide disease surveillance for HIV/AIDS and STDs. The Branch is also responsible for conducting special surveillance activities; epidemiologic investigations; data collection, analysis, and dissemination of HIV/AIDS and STD data; program evaluation and data collection; management, analysis, and dissemination of HIV/STD program-related data, including HIV counseling and testing data, data on HIV/AIDS prevention, and data on clinical and social services. Dr. Melville is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on the HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Serosurveillance Cooperative Agreement that includes Core Surveillance, Texas Incidence Surveillance and the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance activities. She is also PI on the Paso Del Norte Study, Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance, the Medical Morbidity Project and Web-Based HIV Risk Behavior Surveillance Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.

Health Promotion Unit Opening Remarks

Janna Zumbrun, M.S.S.W.
Manager
Health Promotion Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Janna Zumbrun has served for the past two years as Manager of the Health Promotion Unit at DSHS. The Health Promotion Unit administers a variety of programs, including HIV medications, HIV/STD services and prevention, chronic disease prevention, abstinence education, school health, and child safety seats. Previously, Zumbrun served for five years as the Field Operations Manager of the Bureau of HIV and STD Prevention of the Texas Department of Health. She has been continuously involved in the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1984. She participated in a variety of volunteer activities for four years, including fundraising, prevention education, and direct client services. She managed HIV programming in the nonprofit sector for 11 years, and has worked at the state level for seven years. Zumbrun received a master of science in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Disease Prevention and Intervention Section Opening Remarks

Casey S. Blass
Director
Disease Prevention and Intervention Section
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Casey Blass has been in the field of public health for 27 years focusing primarily on HIV and STD prevention and care. He has worked in local, regional and state health departments and was with the CDC for seven years. For 13 years, he directed statewide STD and HIV prevention and care programs at the Texas Department of Health in Austin. Blass also served as the Chief of the Bureau of Immunization and Pharmacy Support at the Texas Department of Health. In this capacity, he oversaw the Department's programs related to adult and childhood immunizations as well as systems to provide medications and vaccines for public health use. Currently, Blass is the Director of the Disease Prevention and Intervention Section at DSHS. In this capacity, he oversees public health programs including immunizations, pharmacy services, HIV and STD prevention, chronic disease prevention, environmental epidemiology and toxicology, the cancer and birth defects registries, HIV/STD surveillance, and adolescent and school health promotion.

Division of Prevention and Preparedness Services Opening Remarks

Debra Stabeno, M.P.H.
Assistant Commissioner
Division for Prevention & Preparedness Services
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Debra Stabeno, who holds a bachelor of business administration in marketing from the University of Texas and a master of public health from Tulane University, currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Prevention and Preparedness Services at DSHS. In this position, she has oversight responsibilities for Community Preparedness, Disease Prevention and Intervention, and Laboratory Services.

Prior to her current position, Assistant Commissioner Stabeno served as the State WIC Director, Associate Commissioner for Health Care Delivery, the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health Sciences and Quality, and the Deputy Commissioner for Programs at the Texas Department of Health (TDH). In her role as Deputy Commissioner for Programs, she had oversight responsibilities for all public health programs at TDH.

Hope Rx: How to Keep HIV Treatments Working for Your Client (or for Yourself)

You've heard that HIV treatments are better than ever. You've also heard people are catching a nastier form of HIV now. What steps can you take to ensure that your client (or you!) live longer and healthier with HIV? This fast paced, user-friendly session will help you make sense of HIV treatment, and will give you the tools to manage HIV infection, possibly for decades (yes, decades). All research will be summarized in lay language, complete with illustrations, analogies, and user-friendly examples. Non-medical conference participants will gain tools to deliver key messages in linguistically appropriate fashion. The presentation will include motivational as well as informative elements. Come prepared to have some old ideas challenged, and to have HOPE restored.

Stephen J. Fallon, Ph.D.
President
Skills4, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dr. Stephen Fallon is the President of Skills4, Inc., a Florida-based health consulting firm specializing in improving health care and disease prevention efforts. His clients include the National Minority AIDS Council, CDC, National Center for Training, Support and Technical Assistance, U.S. Border Health Foundation, National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Abbott Virology, Gilead Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, and numerous State Departments of Health. Dr. Fallon's science and editorial writings appear frequently in Positively Aware magazine, and in dozens of LGBT newspapers throughout the nation. He has also won millions of dollars in grants for enhanced health efforts throughout the nation. During his tenure at the University of Florida and Clemson University, Dr. Fallon won every teaching award available, and was the most popularly rated teacher on record.

Dr. Fallon is on the speaker's bureau for Abbott Virology, Gilead Sciences, and GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines.

Keynote Address: Together We Can: The National Plan to Eliminate Syphilis in the United States

In 1999, CDC launched The National Plan to Eliminate Syphilis from the United States to capitalize on a decade of declining rates of syphilis. The ambitious plan was designed to end the sustained transmission of the disease in the U.S. by focusing efforts on the populations most affected by syphilis – heterosexual minority populations, particularly African Americans. In these populations, substantial progress has been made in reducing the burden of syphilis; yet overall syphilis rates have been on the rise since 2001, largely due to increasing rates of syphilis among men who have sex with men. To overcome emerging challenges, while continuing progress among African Americans and women, CDC issued an updated plan, "Together We Can: The National Plan to Eliminate Syphilis from the United States." This presentation highlights key elements of the updated plan.

Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., is Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined CDC in January 2005 as Chief of the National Syphilis Elimination Effort, leading a revitalization of this program to end the sustained transmission of syphilis in the United States.

Prior to his work at CDC, Dr. Fenton was the Director of the HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Department in the United Kingdom's Health Promotion Agency (HPA). At the HPA, he established England's national chlamydia surveillance program and led the development of the European Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections (ESSTI) network, a 25-nation collaboration to enhance STD surveillance and prevention throughout Europe.

Dr. Fenton has served in a number of academic and community leadership positions, and has consistently focused on addressing racial and ethnic disparities in sexual health. Beginning in 1995, he was a lecturer in HIV epidemiology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, where he also directed a research program on Migration, Ethnicity, and Sexual Health. In 1998, Dr. Fenton was appointed senior lecturer and honorary consultant epidemiologist at HPA's Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre. And in 2002, he helped establish the African HIV Research Forum to advance the response to HIV in the U.K.'s African communities. Prior to arriving in the U.S., Dr. Fenton served as an advisor to a number of European Union government and charitable organizations.

Dr. Fenton has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on HIV and STD epidemiology, policy and sexual behavior, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic health disparities. His works have been published in prominent journals including The Lancet, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, AIDS, the British Medical Journal, and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

After graduating from the University of West Indies Medical School in Jamaica in 1990, Dr. Fenton earned his Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1993. He earned his Ph.D. from University College London in 2005 with a thesis on race, ethnicity, and the epidemiology of STDs. Dr. Fenton is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Fenton to be introduced by Mark Fussell, CDC Senior Management Official for Texas.

Mark D. Fussell
Senior Management Official - Texas
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Austin, Texas

Since May 2005, Mark Fussell has served as the CDC Senior Management Official to the State of Texas with responsibilities for representing the agency to the state and local public health and medical partners, coordinating executive level communications, characterizing, communicating and assessing CDC's annual investment portfolio, coordinating and networking between CDC and agency partners statewide, managing the agency's emergency response portfolio to Texas, providing leadership to the alignment of CDC and statewide strategic health imperatives, goals and resources to maximize health impact, and exploring ways to improve CDC assistance to Texas, including business services improvement.

From 1998-2005, Mark served in three international assignments for CDC, the latter two under CDC's Global AIDS Program (CDC/GAP) in Harare, Zimbabwe and Guatemala City, Guatemala. For CDC/GAP, Mark was responsible for the planning, establishment and implementation of CDC's field offices in Zimbabwe and the Central American region, and served as the primary management & strategic planning officer for the agency's bilateral and regional HIV/AIDS assistance programs. In both positions, Mark was directly responsible for cultivating effective relationships with U.S. Ambassadors/Chiefs of Party, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, officials from host country ministries of health, donors, UN system agencies & international NGOs, & for managing in-country/in-region human & financial resources, including grants & cooperative agreements. Prior to these assignments, from 1998-2000, Mark was detailed by CDC to the World Health Organization/Geneva, to represent the agency in the development of strategic plans & conceptual frameworks supporting a global Stop TB (tuberculosis) Initiative involving governments, multilaterals, NGOs & civil society. In his capacity at WHO, Mark managed highly complex relationships, negotiations, & collaborations involving individuals, organizations & governments from various backgrounds & cultures.

From 1989-1998, as a CDC field assignee, Mark worked in and managed local and statewide STD/HIV and TB control programs in California and Florida with a special focus on strengthening surveillance, prevention, & care systems targeting hard to reach populations, including the homeless, the dually infected (HIV/TB), and recently arrived immigrants and refugees. Mark managed a TB Directly Observed Treatment program in Skid-Row/Downtown Los Angeles, and directly provided HIV pre and post-test counseling services. At state levels in California and Florida, Mark managed professional & support staff, contracts & grant programs, facilitated drug resistant TB outbreak investigations, and assessment of pediatric TB cases for missed opportunities for prevention. During his state level assignments, Mark contributed to the initiation of innovative & participatory statewide training programs, annual strategic plans & budgets, & monitoring and evaluation programs assessing the impact of public health program interventions.

Mark is a native of Miami, Florida, a graduate of Florida State University (BS/1987) and the University of Miami (MPA/1989), married to Linda Fussell (Elementary School Teacher), and the proud father of Adrian (16) and Hannah (14).

State of the HIV/STD Program Address

Felipe Rocha, M.S.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Manager
HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Felipe Rocha is the Manager of the HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch at DSHS. He has worked with DSHS for over five years and previously worked with the Massachusetts Department of Health AIDS Bureau for six years. Rocha serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and has done so for the last three years. He has also been a technical assistance provider to the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Cambodia through the NASTAD Global AIDS Program. Rocha has also been engaging the state AIDS officials from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in a cross border planning initiative. He has over 20 years of experience working in social services in the mental health, addiction and HIV fields. Rocha holds a master of science in social work and has held adjunct faculty positions in both Texas and Massachusetts in several schools of social work.

WEDNESDAY - 8:00 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. - GRAND BALLROOM

CDC's Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing in Health Care Settings

CDC estimates that about one quarter of the 1-1.2 million persons living with HIV/AIDS in the United States are unaware of their HIV infection. Persons who do not know they are HIV-infected are unable to access effective treatment and, compared to those who are aware of their infection status, are more likely to transmit HIV to others. Pregnant women need to know if they are HIV-infected to help prevent HIV transmission to their children and to access care for themselves. Despite current CDC recommendations for routine, voluntary HIV testing of all pregnant women, all persons in high HIV-prevalence medical care settings, and those with risks for HIV, many people who encounter the health care system are not tested for HIV. Promoting routine HIV testing in medical settings is a key strategy of CDC's Advancing HIV Prevention initiative launched in 2003. CDC revised recommendations for HIV testing in health care settings, to help increase the proportion of HIV-infected Americans who know their infection status and receive prevention, care and treatment services. Proposed recommendations include routine HIV screening in various health care settings, periodic rescreening for individuals with risk indications, voluntary “opt-out” screening with consent for HIV testing as part of the consent for general care, enhancing linkages to care and treatment, and expanded rescreening in the third trimester for women found to be HIV-negative early in pregnancy.

Bernard M. Branson, M.D.
Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Bernard Branson is currently Associate Director for Laboratory Diagnostics in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC, where he also conducts research into HIV prevention strategies. Dr. Branson has primary responsibility for coordinating CDC's activities surrounding new technologies for HIV testing, including rapid HIV tests and tests for HIV incidence. He also coordinated development of CDC's Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing in Health Care Settings. Dr. Branson has published numerous research papers and review articles on HIV diagnostics, their performance, application, and cost-effectiveness. Before coming to CDC in 1990, Dr. Branson was in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland, with extensive experience caring for both adults and children with HIV infection.

Addressing Substance Abuse with the HIV-Positive Individual

Recent estimates suggest that almost 2 in 5 Texans who are aware of their HIV infection are not in receiving HIV-related medical care, and assessments of those not in care suggest that issues associated with substance abuse are some of the most common barriers to getting this care.  The presenter will identify the barriers HIV-positive individuals face in getting treatment for their substance abuse and the successful approaches to getting active substance abusers ready for HIV treatment and compliance.

Jeffrey M. Georgi, M.Div., C.C.A.S., L.P.C.
Clinical Associate
Duke University Alcohol and Addiction Program
Durham, North Carolina

Jeffrey M. Georgi, M.Div., M.A.H., L.C.A.S., L.P.C., is the clinical director of the Duke Addictions Program and its Consult and Intervention Services to Duke University Health Center. During his two decades at the medical center, Georgi held clinical appointments in the departments of Surgery, Obstetrics, and Psychiatry. He is a clinical associate in the department of Behavioral Medicine as well as a faculty member of the Duke University School of Nursing and has been a consultant to a five year HIV and substance abuse NIDA clinical trial. Although primarily known for his work in the field of addictions, Georgi is also a national trainer and respected author in the areas of clinical spirituality, ethics, the clinical applications of our growing understanding of the brain and Bio/Psycho/Socio/Spiritual model of health and disease. He has contributed to a number of treatment improvement protocols, which are seen as the best practice guidelines by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Washington D.C. In addition to his clinical work Georgi is also an ordained Episcopal priest, a husband and father of four adult children two of whom are serving in our Armed Services.

WEDNESDAY - 11:30 A.M. TO 12:45 P.M. - RIO GRANDE

Global Issues Luncheon

A panel of HIV/AIDS service providers from Africa will discuss the state of the epidemic in their respective nations, emphasize important factors of service provision for prevention and clinical providers, and highlight the importance of addressing HIV/AIDS on a global level. Ados Velez May from the National Association of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) will moderate this presentation . Lunch will be provided.

Ados Velez May, M.P.A. (moderator)
Director, Global Programs
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
Washington, D.C.

Ados Velez May is the Director of the Global Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Funded by the CDC Global AIDS Program, NASTAD's Global program increases the capacity of resource-constrained countries to plan, implement and manage HIV prevention and care activities as part of a unified U.S. government response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Relying on the extensive experience of NASTAD members in organizational assessment, training, policy and program development, prevention, care, integration of STD and HIV, community planning, voluntary counseling and testing, decentralization, scaling up, capacity-building, fiscal management, stigma/ denial issues, and evaluation, the Global program responds to identified needs and priorities of country Ministries of Health, National AIDS Control Programs, and CDC through peer-based technical assistance, delegation visits, and workshops/trainings.

As director of the program, Velez May provides ongoing, sustainable peer technical assistance (TA) to HIV/AIDS program managers at federal and state-level public health agencies in other countries. He leads TA activities in South Africa, India and Mozambique. He has extensive experience in international development issues, with a particular interest in East Africa.

Panel:

Eric Wesceslas Balayssac, Ph.D.
Assistant Lecturer, Bio-Clinic
Department of Pharmacology, University de Cocody
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Dr. Eric Wesceslas Balayssac helps manage the Retro-CI project, a U.S. Embassy international HIV/AIDS research project in Abidjan. He is also an active member of a working group that develops the national guidelines and directives to implement vaccine research in the country. As Assistant-Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cocody, he is responsible for the supervision of students at the school of Medicine, Dental Surgery, and advanced studies of human and tropical biology. He is interested in improving his knowledge in public health and infectious diseases.

Lwopu Bruce
Deputy Program Manager
National AIDS Control Program
Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

Lwopu Bruce has been with the National AIDS Control Program in Liberia since 1991. She often presents to young people and women, discovering that a great number of them know very little about their bodies, sexual reproductive health, or STI/HIV/AIDS. Her goal is to impact the lives of many young Liberians by her various community-based outreach programs and to eradicate ignorance about HIV/AIDS. She would like to broaden her knowledge of new intervention strategies.

Ibrahim Saad Yousof Idana
Hospital Director
Kamuzu Central Hospital
Lilongwe, Malawi

Dr. Ibrahim Saad Yousof Idana is the Director of the Kamuzu Central Hospital that provides treatment to persons with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. This hospital caters to Malawi's most populous central region that boasts a population of over three million. Dr. Idana would like to learn more about government and non-governmental programs that carry out HIV/AIDS education and awareness programs. He is especially interested in programs targeting youth and at-risk populations.

Alphonse Kassongo
HIV National Manager
Family Health Association, Population Services International
Democratic Republic of Congo

Alphonse Kassongo is the Manager of the Family Health Association, sponsored by Population Services International, one of the most successful HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a leader in implementing HIV/AIDS prevention activities in the country, reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals a year through his promotion of effective policy decisions, slowing the rate of HIV transmission through increased condom use and encouraging abstinence and fidelity. He is interested in exchanging experiences with professionals working in the field of health HIV/AIDS.

Nurbibi Sher Mohamed
HIV/AIDS Counselor
Muslim Community, Coast Province
Mombasa, Kenya

Nurbibi Sher Mohamed has repeatedly expressed her concern about HIV-positive Muslim women not seeking treatment early on and the lack of empowerment in pregnant Muslim women in accessing services. She is working on tackling these issues and would like to gain more information about designing programs for hard-to-reach groups that bridge the HIV/AIDS knowledge gap through life skills and religious education. Sher Mohamed is also interested in establishing a women's hospital for victims of sexual violence.

Emma Msuya, M.A.
Pharmacist
Ministry of Health, National AIDS Control Program
Tanzania

Emma Msuya is in charge of the Antiretroviral Logistics Management Unit for Tanzania's National AIDS Control Program's Care and Treatment initiative. As a Pharmacist, she has been an instrumental team member in providing leadership and guidance in establishing a system for antiretroviral management. She has collaborated closely with public, private, and faith-based facilities to determine needs. She has also helped coordinate the management of major drug and commodity donation initiatives such as the Diflucan Donation Program.

Ronke Olawale, M.A.
Features Correspondent
Guardian Newspapers Ltd.
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Ronke Olawale has won four prestigious journalism awards for her child-friendly reporting on HIV/AIDS issues. She also travels throughout Nigeria promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and has facilitated over 20 workshops to sensitize other journalists to women and children's issues. Olawale covers all press briefings related to trafficking-in-persons and HIV/AIDS policy.

Andrimbazotiana Rakotomanana, Ph.D.
HIV/AIDS Program Officer, Health and Nutrition Unit
Executive Secretariat, National Committee for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Ampefiloha, Madagascar

Dr. Andrimbazotiana Rakotomanana is a key Program Officer for Madagascar's National AIDS Committee. She also serves as a technical specialist on a local AIDS committee, established by the National AIDS Committee at the regional level. Each local AIDS committee establishes their own strategic plan and oversees, implements, and evaluates HIV/AIDS programs by local government institutions, associations, and NGOs. She is responsible for coordinating local responses to issues including the development of guidelines and supervision, formulating recommendations, and fulfilling program objectives.

Dudu Simelane, B.A.
Deputy Executive Director
Family Life Association of Swaziland
Swaziland

Dudu Simelane is the Deputy Executive Director of Family Life Association of Swaziland, an organization that is currently involved in developing a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention project targeting youth. Simelane is responsible for implementing a mobile sexually transmitted infections care project for high-risk populations. She is interested in learning about the management and operations of non-governmental and non-profit organizations that promote and carry out HIV/AIDS treatment and social programs that focus on the care of children orphaned by AIDS. Simelane is also interested in participating in discussions about how social issues such as stigmatization and donor funding are handled by U.S. organizations. She would like to observe how rural and urban communities are actively engaged in reducing HIV/AIDS in their communities through knowledge and aggressive prevention programs and to examine NGO best practices in helping to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Clara Tyosar
Head, Reproductive Health
International Center for Gender and Social Research
Jos Plateau State, Nigeria

Clara Tyosar is the Head of Reproductive Health at Nigeria's International Center for Gender and Social Research, which educates and trains peer groups in the campaign against HIV/AIDS in schools. She is responsible for reaching out to rural communities and organizing in-house seminars to share knowledge with other center staff. Tyosar is interested in improving the health education status of Nigerians through better health care for HIV/AIDS, more family planning, better delivery of reproductive health care services, and basic education for prevention.

THURSDAY - 8:00 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. - GRAND BALLROOM

Confronting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Black MSM

Data released by the CDC at the 2005 National HIV Prevention Conference further illustrates the HIV epidemic's disproportionate impact on Black MSM. This presentation will frame issues confronting Black MSM, with a particular focus on research needs as well as comprehensive federal, state, and local level response.

Terrance E. Moore
Government Relations Manager
National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Washington, D.C.

Terrance Moore is a public policy associate at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). NASTAD is a non-profit national association of state HIV/AIDS directors who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS health care, prevention, education, and supportive services funded by state and federal governments. Moore's primary responsibilities include policy development and federal lobbying on appropriations and legislation related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and HIV and substance abuse prevention issues. He participates in a number of national coalitions including the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, the Prevention Defense Work Group, and the Hepatitis C Appropriations Partnership. Moore joined NASTAD in December 2003. Prior to coming to NASTAD, he worked for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has also served as a legislative aide for Senator's Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT). Moore attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is a native of Chicago.

Jesse Milan, Jr.
Co-Chair
CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee
Washington, D.C.

Jesse Milan has served in many levels of the public health service continuum. In 2003, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services as co-chair of the newly created CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment. Before joining Constella, he was director of the AIDS Office for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, where he was responsible for an annual budget in excess of $21 million. He also served as Health Department co-chair of the Philadelphia HIV Community Planning Group, chair of the Philadelphia Ryan White Title I Planning Council, and president of four nationally recognized HIV/AIDS organizations. He is a regular lecturer on an international level on public health policy issues including many live television, radio, and Voice of America appearances. Since 1998, he has completed seven tours to eight different African nations at the request of the U.S. State Department, USAID, and the CDC to promote health awareness and program development. Milan is an attorney who served for six years as chief of staff to the president of Temple University. Jesse earned an undergraduate degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He has been honored numerous times for his public service, most recently in 2004 by the federal Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA).

Patrick Wilson, Ph.D.
Researcher/Professor
Columbia University
Brooklyn, New York

Patrick Wilson received a Ph.D. and M.A., both in psychology, from New York University. Dr. Wilson's primary area of research is in HIV risk and prevention among ethnic minority populations in the United States. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS in the Yale University School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow, he participated in the development, implementation and analysis of data from two randomized controlled trials of coping interventions for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Wilson has extensive community-based research experience and has been a part of collaborative research efforts with several AIDS service organizations, including Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), and the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA). In September 2006 he joined the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Dr. Wilson aims to develop a program of research that broadly examines the personal, social, contextual, and structural factors that place ethnic minorities at risk for poor physical and mental health outcomes.

Rashad Burgess, M.A.
Team Leader
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Rashad Burgess is the Team Leader in the CDC HIV Prevention Program Branch. In this position, he is responsible for the oversight of seven project officers who provide monitoring for 26 health departments and nearly 40 community-based organizations, representing a combined budget of over $100 million in HIV prevention funding. Prior to joining CDC, he worked at Chicago Department of Public Health's Division of STD/HIV/AIDS Public Policy and Programs in the newly created Capacity-Building Unit. He also worked for Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center, where he developed the Harambee Wellness Center, a community health facility dedicated to meeting the needs African American gay men, lesbians, and transgendered individuals living on the city's South Side. A Chicago native, he is a 1997 graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor of arts in public policy and a master of science in social sciences. While at University of Chicago, he was selected as an Andrew Mellon Fellow in recognition of his research on AIDS in the African American church. Among several distinctions, Burgess is the recipient of the Bayard Rustin Youth Activist Award from the Greater Chicago Committee, and was recently named one of the “generation nexter mavericks, pioneers and agitators [who] will make this the last decade of AIDS” by POZ Magazine.

Cornelius Baker
National Coordinator
National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition
Washington, D.C.

Cornelius Baker has been a committed advocate at the local and national level for over two decades. From January 2000 through December 2004, he served as the Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Clinic, the leading provider of prevention, treatment, research and social services to people living with HIV in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. From 1996 to 2000, Cornelius served as the Executive Director of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA). He joined NAPWA in 1992 as the organization's first director of public policy. His experience in government includes appointments at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush and as an aide to Washington, D.C. City Councilmember Carol Schwartz. In 1994, Cornelius co-chaired the U.S. Public Health Service Minority AIDS Conference. He is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Panel on Clinical Practices in the Treatment of HIV and serves on the boards of the Black AIDS Institute and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Baker is the National Coordinator of the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition in Washington, D.C. He is a native of central New York and received his undergraduate degree at Eisenhower College/Rochester Institute of Technology.

Steven L. Walker
President and CEO
National Alliance for Black Gay Health
Houston, Texas

Steven Walker, a community activist and educator, has extensive experience as an advocate, programmer, and administrator of community based and public health programs that raise awareness and encourage action over a broad range of social and health disparities, including HIV/AIDS, GLBT equality, environmental justice, and voter empowerment. He previously served as the executive director of two non-profit community based organizations and manager of HIV prevention programs for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS). In these capacities, he gained skills and experience in the development, implementation, evaluation and innovation of social service and public health programs. Walker is currently President and CEO of the National Alliance for Black Gay Health (NAFBGH), a national public health advocacy organization dedicated to drawing attention to and advocating for health resources and awareness targeting Black gay men. In this capacity, he also chairs the Texas Black Gay Network, a community mobilization project of the NAFBGH to provide leadership for and by Black gay men in Texas for community development and health awareness.

Mental Health Care: Gains and Gaps

This presentation will provide HIV/STD contractors with an overview mental health problems in U.S., significant changes and improvements which have been made in mental health services, an examination of the distribution of funding to mental health programs, gaps in mental health policy, and an assessment of the workforce dilemma currently faced by mental health providers.

King Davis, Ph.D.
Professor
University of Texas School of Social Work
Austin, Texas

Dr. King Davis is Professor, and The Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy and Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas. His professional interests include managed health care policy, mental health policy and systems, families and consumers of color and severe mental illness, cultural competence and social justice, black non-profit organizations, black philanthropy, leadership, periodontal disease, economic development strategies, and voluntary participation.

FRIDAY - 8:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M. - GRAND BALLROOM

Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Interventions

This presentation will provide a review the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of HIV prevention interventions, and the relationship of the findings of these studies to HIV prevention policy making.

David R. Holtgrave, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Johns Hopkins University - Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. David Holtgrave's research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of HIV prevention interventions, and the relationship of the findings of these studies to HIV prevention policy making. He has served on an Institute of Medicine panel charged with recommending methods to improve the public financing and delivery of HIV care in the United States. Dr. Holtgrave has also investigated the relationship between social capital measures, infectious disease rates, and risk behavior prevalence. He has worked extensively on HIV prevention community planning, and has served as a member of the Wisconsin HIV Prevention Community Planning group.

“Meth” Film Screening

Acclaimed filmmaker Todd Ahlberg presents "Meth," an unflinching, provocative examination of crystal meth abuse among gay men, considered to be a leading risk factor in new HIV and Hepatitis C infections among this population.

Todd Ahlberg
Filmmaker
Babalu Pictures
Palm Springs, California

Filmmaker Todd Ahlberg most recently completed “Meth,” a documentary film illuminating the crystal methamphetamine culture within the gay community. In December of 2002, he completed the documentary film, “Hooked,” an exploration of the “online cruising” phenomenon within the gay culture. The documentary screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, and was acquired for distribution by MTV Networks' LOGO, as well as Film Threat DVD and Music Video Distributors (MVD). In the summer of 2005, Ahlberg directed a short piece entitled, “The Morning After,” which was used as a PSA for the “HIV is Still a Big Deal” national campaign. The piece focuses on the question of responsibility in “asking” or “telling” in regards to HIV status. Prior to setting out on “Hooked,” Ahlberg acted as CTO of Rotor.net, a Los Angeles-based Internet company he co-founded in 1997. Rotor's technology enabled content creators to invent programming for mass broadcast, live via the Internet, while providing a “back channel” so the audience could react to the content in real-time, thereby affecting the direction of the show. Prior to Rotor, Ahlberg was the producer and director of a daily episodic web-based show, “The Pyramid,” under American Cybercast (AmCy) in Los Angeles. The show was a dark comedy based on the goings-on of a sprawling, less-than-benevolent software company. Beginning in 1992, Ahlberg worked as a producer and director at Philips Interactive Media (PIMA), a division of the Dutch giant, Philips N.V. At PIMA, Ahlberg worked within the CD-I medium, the first truly interactive set-top platform. In the ArtSpace unit at PIMA, he worked on eight interactive-documentaries. From 1990 until joining Philips, Ahlberg worked as a producer of music videos and commercial spots in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. Ahlberg began his career in production in 1987 at San Francisco Production Group, a leading post and special effects house in San Francisco.

FRIDAY - 12:00 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M. - RIO GRANDE

Closing Keynote Luncheon: Todd Ahlberg Presentation and Q/A Session

Filmmaker Todd Ahlberg will discuss the making of and issues behind the provocative film, “Meth.”

Todd Ahlberg
Filmmaker
Babalu Pictures
Palm Springs, California

Filmmaker Todd Ahlberg most recently completed “Meth,” a documentary film illuminating the crystal methamphetamine culture within the gay community. In December of 2002, he completed the documentary film, “Hooked,” an exploration of the “online cruising” phenomenon within the gay culture. The documentary screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, and was acquired for distribution by MTV Networks' LOGO, as well as Film Threat DVD and Music Video Distributors (MVD). In the summer of 2005, Ahlberg directed a short piece entitled, “The Morning After,” which was used as a PSA for the “HIV is Still a Big Deal” national campaign. The piece focuses on the question of responsibility in “asking” or “telling” in regards to HIV status. Prior to setting out on “Hooked,” Ahlberg acted as CTO of Rotor.net, a Los Angeles-based Internet company he co-founded in 1997. Rotor's technology enabled content creators to invent programming for mass broadcast, live via the Internet, while providing a “back channel” so the audience could react to the content in real-time, thereby affecting the direction of the show. Prior to Rotor, Ahlberg was the producer and director of a daily episodic web-based show, “The Pyramid,” under American Cybercast (AmCy) in Los Angeles. The show was a dark comedy based on the goings-on of a sprawling, less-than-benevolent software company. Beginning in 1992, Ahlberg worked as a producer and director at Philips Interactive Media (PIMA), a division of the Dutch giant, Philips N.V. At PIMA, Ahlberg worked within the CD-I medium, the first truly interactive set-top platform. In the ArtSpace unit at PIMA, he worked on eight interactive-documentaries. From 1990 until joining Philips, Ahlberg worked as a producer of music videos and commercial spots in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets. Ahlberg began his career in production in 1987 at San Francisco Production Group, a leading post and special effects house in San Francisco.

 

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