Archives March 2021

People Worth Knowing: Jesse Milan, Jr.

This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing video features Jesse Milan, Jr., President and CEO of AIDS United, a national organization focused on policy, grantmaking, and capacity building.

AIDS United has granted over $120 million over 30 years, and its Public Policy Council organizations and current grantees number over 300 in 40 states and territories. Mr. Milan is a lawyer whose career includes leading HIV programs and organizations at national, regional and global levels.

He has chaired five non-profit boards including the Black AIDS Institute, was AIDS Director for Philadelphia, has chaired federal advisory committees, and serves currently on the Scientific Advisory Board for PEPFAR. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the NYU School of Law. Jesse has been living with HIV for over three decades.

Click on the logo below to learn more about AIDS United.

Veklury 101 training flier

Veklury 101 Training

Veklury 101 Training Flier

Training Level: Provider

Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

VEKLURY® (remdesivir) is the first and only antiviral approved for the treatment of patients requiring hospitalization for COVID-19. Join us to find out more information on when and why this drug should be used for COVID-19 treatment.

Register today:


Grayce Kim, Pharm.D.
Principal Medical Scientist
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

People Worth Knowing – Kimberly Matulonis-Edgar

This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Kimberly Matulonis-Edgar, the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Prevention Programs Coordinator and the Viral Hepatitis Coordinator with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the Division of Public Health.

Kimberly has been in her current position for five years. Prior to coming to the department Kimberly worked for six years at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence focused on the prevention of adolescent relationship abuse and worked 16 years with St. Luke’s Health System as a community educator teaching a variety of community classes, including puberty classes and parent/teen classes focused on navigating the complexities of dating relationships in today’s world to help prevent teen dating abuse. Kimberly and her husband have a beautifully blended family of three boys and three girls, three dogs, five chickens, two pigs and four cows. Kimberly will be welcoming her first grandbaby to the family later this summer. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys crafting and baking cakes and cookies for her family, friends, and co-workers.

ICYMI: Not Throwing Away Our Shot Video Now Available

Not Throwing Away Our Shot COVID-19 Vaccine training

In Case You Missed It: When it comes to COVID vaccines, we all have unanswered questions. On Thursday, February 25th, 2021, Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta, a side effect scientist at the University of North Carolina, provided plain language interpretations of the approval process and what to expect from vaccine side effects. Through Dr. Dasgupta’s view of vaccine hesitancy as a rational reaction to mistreatment by and suspicion of medical systems, he was able to return a sense of control back into vaccine decisions through respect for choice and autonomy.

If you missed the training event, we now have a recording available from this important conversation around COVID vaccines. Please note that this video is based on our current knowledge of COVID: parts of this video may no longer be relevant as we learn more about this virus and its long-term effects as well as the long-term effects of the COVID vaccines.

Links provided during the conversation:
– Find a vaccine near you: CDC Vaccine Locator
-Dr. Dasgupta’s “The Insider Cheatsheet for COVID Vaccine Safety

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