Ending the HIV Epidemic among Communities of Color - Tuesday, February 22, 2022

In commemoration of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month, the region 4 Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) program in collaboration with the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) present the Grady Health System, Infectious Disease Program (IDP), Atlanta, GA as a model of effective HIV outreach model for Black communities in the South.


Grady Health System (IDP) was founded in 1986. The Grady (IDP)/Ponce de Leon Center is the largest (~6200 patients) and most comprehensive HIV Program in the state of Georgia. The Grady Health System performs opt-out HIV screening in the Emergency Department and Neighborhood Clinics with immediate linkage to care. Principally funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (Part A/B/D). The IDP has integrated models of care that encompass social support/case management/peer navigation, insurance navigation, HIV care, mental health/substance abuse services, oral healthcare, and pharmaceutical services to provide holistic care to each patient. Through a Grady-Emory partnership, the IDP cares for the most medically and socially complex persons with HIV in the state of Georgia and is a national leader in HIV care delivery models and research.


TitleEnding the HIV Epidemic among Communities of Color.


Date and time: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 1:00pm – 2:30pmET


To register: https://www.seaetc.com/event/?ER_ID=85011


Join us to learn:

  1. Effective HIV outreach programs for black communities in the south.

  2. Innovative approaches and best practices to mitigate access for HIV care in communities of color.

  3. Lessons learned from community engagement and holistic approach to facilitate optimal HIV program outcomes in Black communities.


Speakers include:


Opening Remarks

  • Timothy P. Harrison, PhD: Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Grady Health System’s commitment to working with communities of color

  • Yolanda Wimberly, MD: Senior Vice President & Chief Health Equity Officer, Grady Health System

  • Leslie Marshburn: Executive Director Strategy & Population Health, Grady Health System


IDP Approach to HIV Care

  • Jonathan A Colasanti, MD, MSPH: Medical Director, Infectious Disease Program, Grady Health System and Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Wendy S Armstong, MD, FIDSA: Executive Medical Director, Infectious Disease Program, Grady Health System and Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


HIV Testing and Prevention in Grady Health System

  • Meredith Lora, MD: Medical Director, Grady Health System PrEP Program and Associate Professor Emory University School of Medicine


Grady IDP Care Engagement: Programs designed to improve retention and viral suppression

  • Allanah Lewis-Chery, MPH: IDP Program Manager, Grady Health System


Health Insurance Access and Social Determinants of Health

  • Chanel Scott Dixon, MSW, EdD: IDP Social Work Supervisor, Grady Health System


Integrated Approaches to Mental Health, Substance Use and HIV Syndemics

  • Gene Farber, PhD: Director Behavior Health Services IDP, Grady Health System & Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine


Longitudinal HIV care & COVID-19: Lessons Learned

  • Jeri Sumitani, PA-C: IDP Senior Clinical Manager, Grady Health System

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