People Worth Knowing – Deirdre Johnson

This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing video features Deirdre Johnson, Founder of Deirdre Speaks and Co-Founder of Ending Criminalization of HIV and Overincarceration in Virginia (ECHO VA).

Since 2000, Deirdre has lived, learned and experienced HIV on her own terms. She utilizes her sense of humor and lively personality to openly share her medicine and medical adherence journey with the world using #MedsWillMakeMeDance.

Deirdre is transparent about how she is not allowing HIV to have control of her, but fearlessly taking control of HIV. Deirdre is a native of Virginia, and has worked as an educator, case manager, and speaker, however, she is most passionate about eradicating stigma, ending criminalization of people living with HIV, combating racial injustice, health disparities, and being an active Partner in Change as the Co-Founder of Ending Criminalization of HIV and Overincarceration in Virginia (ECHO VA). She serves as the State Lead for Positive Women’s Network – USA and a U = U Ambassador. She strives to live, learn and experience life with no apologies.

Learn more about ECHO VA and Deirdre Speaks by clicking the links below.

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.

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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: https://cutt.ly/Veklury-0321


Presenters:


Grayce Kim, Pharm.D.
Principal Medical Scientist
COVID-19
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

Reminder: If you have not yet taken our Rural Health Needs Survey, we invite you to take it here. This survey will be open through April 2021.

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

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Training Level: Community & Organizational

Thursday, March 4th, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the progress HIV treatments have made since 1981, resulting in more people living longer with HIV
• Educate people with HIV about choices that exist today for treating HIV
• Realize the importance of beginning HIV treatment as soon as possible and adhering to an HIV treatment regimen
• Initiate open, ongoing conversations between patients and healthcare providers about treatment options

Presenters:

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Trina Scott
Community Liaison
Gilead Sciences

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Anthony Gutierrez
Community Liaison
Gilead Sciences

Register today: https://cutt.ly/COVID-Feb2021

People Worth Knowing – Dr. Orixa Bowers

This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing interview features Dr. Orixa Bowers, Regional Director at the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Orisha Bowers, Ph.D. is the Regional Director at national Harm Reduction Coalition. She is a lifelong community advocate, educator, and leader. Dr. Bowers, also an ordained minister combines her love for women’s health, rights, and justice with research and interdisciplinary studies to continue to creatively transform the community for universal liberation.

Not Throwing Away Our Shot COVID-19 Vaccine training

COVID-19 Training: Not Throwing Away Our Shot

Not Throwing Away Our Shot COVID-19 Vaccine training

Training Level: Community & Organizational

Thursday, February 25th, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

When it comes to COVID vaccines, we all have unanswered questions.
Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is a side effect scientist at the University of North Carolina. He will provide plain language interpretations of the approval process and what to expect from side effects. He sees vaccine hesitancy as a rational reaction to mistreatment by and suspicion of medical systems.
We can return a sense of control back into vaccine decisions through respect for choice and autonomy.
He will provide links and tools to help you start that conversation.


Presenter:

Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta

Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, MPH
Innovation Fellow
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina

Register today: https://cutt.ly/COVID-Feb2021

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Hepatitis B Training – The Basics of Hepatitis B


Training Level: Community & Organizational

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

The Basics of Hepatitis B Learning Objectives:

• Prevalence of Hepatitis B

• Hepatitis B Prevention

• Population at Risk, Screening, and Linkage to Care

This presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with a question and answer period to follow.


Presenter:

Monica Lattimore, BS PA-C
Medical Scientist Liver Diseases
Medical Affairs
Gilead Sciences

Register today: https://cutt.ly/HIV-Feb2021

Preston Nguyen Tang

People Worth Knowing Series – Preston Nguyen Tang

This week’s #PeopleWorthKnowing video interview features Preston Nguyen Tang, Health Program Specialist at the Nevada HIV Prevention Program in the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Preston, known as a “champion of the people,” has worked in the HIV field since 2011.

Preston received his Bachelor’s of Social Work from San Diego State University where he began his career working with the men who have sex with men (MSM) population.

Preston has since expanded his work to include all at-risk populations instituting high impact prevention interventions.

In 2019, Preston obtained his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, Preston serves as the HIV Prevention Coordinator for the Office of HIV with the State of Nevada.

He is also a founding member of the Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS) where he serves as the Public Relations Chairs.

And lastly, he is also a group fitness instructor and coach for World of Dance U-Jam Fitness.

You can visit the End HIV Nevada, SNAPIQS, and GX Presto websites by clicking on their respective logos, below, and links to their various social media pages.


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