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2016 Exploring Realistic Expectations Symposium

Keynote Speakers

 

Dr. June Gary Hopps

June Gary Hopps, Ph.D

Thomas M. Parham Chair of Family and Children Studies
University of Georgia School of Social Work
Opening Plenary Session
Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 8:15AM - 9:15PM
The Role of Public Policy in Addressing Health Disparity Issues

Dr. June G. Hopps is the Chairman at Spelman College and the Dean and Professor, Emerita in Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. A graduate of Spelman College in political science and history in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Hopps was active in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1960, she helped to organize and participated in the first student sit-in and lunch-counter boycotts in Atlanta, which ultimately resulted in the desegregation of public facilities in that city. She completed her MSW from Clark-Atlanta University School of Social Work and received her Ph.D from the Florence Heller School of Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. 

Dr. Hopps was the youngest dean ever appointed at Boston College and the first African-American to serve as editor-in-chief of Social Work, the NASW's journal. During her 24 years at Boston College, she established three joint graduate and professional degree programs and law, business, and pastoral counseling; started a doctoral program in research-driven, proactive social work; and expanded opportunities for graduate education in social work throughout New England. 

Read more about Dr. June G. Hopps. 

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Carlos del Rio, MD

Hubert Professor and Chair of Department of Global Health
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Luncheon Plenary Session
Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 12:00 - 1:45PM


Carlos del Rio, MD is the Hubert Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also Program Director of the Emory AIDS International Training and Research Program and co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). 

Dr. del Rio is a native of Mexico where he attended medical school at Universidad La Salle, graduating in 1983.  He did his Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases residencies at Emory University. In 1989, he returned to Mexico, where he was Executive Director of the National AIDS Council of Mexico (CONASIDA, the Federal agency of the Mexican Government responsible for AIDS Policy throughout Mexico), from 1992 through 1996. In November of 1996, he returned to Emory University and became Chief of the Emory Medical Service at Grady Memorial Hospital from 2001 - 2009. 

Read more about Dr. Carlos del Rio. 

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M. Joycelyn Elders, MD

15th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service
Opening Plenary Session
Friday Dec 2, 2016: 8:15AM - 9:15PM
HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis: Transmission, Contraction, and Prevention
Keynote Luncheon Panel Moderator
Friday Dec 2, 2016: 12:00 - 1:45PM

A native of Schaal, AR., Dr. Elders is the oldest of eight children.  Now a Professor Emeritus of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas School of Medical Science, Dr. Elders never saw a physician prior to her first year in college.  At the age of 15, she received a scholarship from the United Methodist Church to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AK.  Upon graduate at 18, she entered the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and received training as a physical therapist.  

She continued to ascend the ladder and graduate from University of Arkansas, did her pediatric residency and a endocrinology fellowship at University of Arkansas Medical Hospital and served as a professor after her fellowship and board certification in 1975.  While serving as the Director of Health in October 1987, she was elected as President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. 

Dr. Elders was nominated as Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service by President Clinton on July 1st, 1993, confirmed by the Senate September 7th, and sworn in on September 8th. She served in this post until January 1995 following which, she returned to University of Arkansas Children's Hospital until her retirement on June 30th, 1998. 

Read more about Dr. Elders. 

PRESENTERS

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 9:15AM - 10:30PM

Session One -- Break Out Session
Topic: HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Co-Infection: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Beliefs

 

Marie Sutton is the CEO/President for Imagine Hope, Incorporated, which is a consulting group that provides program management and raining in the arena of behavioral health. Sutton has a 30-year history in human services work, primarily in the areas of substance use, mental health and HIV/Hepatitis C (HCV). She is familiar with the challenges faced by diverse populations, including substance users, disfranchised women, men who have sex with men, minority youth, homeless, and those infected with HIV and HCV. Drawing on a firsthand knowledge level from a front-line counselor to program conception and management, she brings a holisten perspective to her vision and leadership.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 10:45AM - 12:00PM

Session Two -- Break Out Session
Topic: Exploring the Challenges in the Management of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection

 

Dr. Quinton Robinson joined the staff of AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia as an Infectious Disease Physician in May 2010. Prior to his work at AbsoluteCARE, Dr. Robinson was a consultant and staff physician in Infectious Diseases and HIV at Baltimore's HealthCare for the Homeless. Dr. Robinson received his undergraduate bachelors of science degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. He earned his medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine with Morehouse at Grady Memorial Hospital, and served as Chief Resident. In 2009, Dr. Robinson completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship with an emphasis on Domestic HIV and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Robinson is Board Certified in Internal and Infectious Diseases, a certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases Socity of America.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 10:45AM - 12:00PM

Session Two -- Break Out Session
Topic: Exploring the Challenges in the Management of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection

 

Dr. Rana Chakraborty is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the Emory Children’s Center. As the Medical Director of the Ponce Family and Youth Clinic and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Chakraborty has played a critical role in addressing the needs of young people impacted by HIV and AIDS. Dr. Chakraborty is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics. He studied medicine at the Antigua School of Medicine before obtaining a Master of Science at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and a Doctorate at Oxford University. He completed his residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.

Session Three -- Break Out Session
Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 1:45PM - 3:00PM
Break Out Topic: Shaping the Individual: Assessment and Control of Diagnosing and Treating Environmentally Induced Illnesses

Session Title: Keeping It Real? Using Clinical Techniques to Understand Environmental Risk Factors

Mr. Jon Diggs is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Georgia. He provides therapy for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has treated clients coping with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, domestic violence, high risk sexual behavisors, LGBTQ issues and substance abuse. In addition, he helps clients navigating sexual abuse, sexual identits and end of life transition. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, his approach to therapy is influenced by Cornel West's use of the term Paideia.

"Paideia concerns the cultivation of self, the ways you engage your own history, your own memories, your own mortality, your own sense of what it means to be alive as a critical, loving, aware human being."

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 1:45PM - 3:00PM

Session Three -- Break Out Session
Topic: Shaping the Individual: Assessment and Control of Diagnosing and Treating Environmentally Induced Illnesses

 

Micheal Barber is a Health Educator with the Emory-CDC HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. He received his bachelors of science from the University of Mississippi in Social Work, and is in the final stages for his masters of science in Health Education. Micheal worked in inpatient psychiatry settings, providing group therapy and mental health education for four (4) years. While working on his masters of social work, he decided to change career focus to pursue health education, this was after completing an internship in HIV and mental health where he became very passionate about the field of HIV and educating both clients and the community. Micheal has served as Lead HIV Testing Specialist and Gay Outreach Coordinator in previous positions.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 1:45PM - 3:00PM

Session Three -- Break Out Session
Topic: Shaping the Individual: Assessment and Control of Diagnosing and Treating Environmentally Induced Illnesses

 

Anna Benbrook joined the Emory-CDC HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit as a Health Educator in 2016, as a newcomer from Florida. In this role, she aids in the recruitment of study participants, creates communication materials, and establishes community partnerships. Anna served as a Sexual Health Coordinator during her attendance at Florida State University,where she received her second Masters in Communication degree, and at Florida Atlantic University. Prior ate this, she earned her bachelors and masters in Health Eeducation at the University of Florida, while officially becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 3:15PM - 4:!5PM

Panel Discussion
Topic: What's New and Who's Who? The Strange World of Drug Interactions

 

Dr. Mesfin Fransua is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine and an Infectious Disease Specialist affiliated with Grady Memorial Hospital and Children's Healthcare Atlanta. He has been practicing medicine for over 25 years, having graduated from Jimma Health Science Institute in Jimma, Ethiopia in 1991 and did his residency at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Broux, New York.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 3:15PM - 4:!5PM

Panel Discussion
Topic: What's New and Who's Who? The Strange World of Drug Interactions

 

Ami Gandhi is the Epidemiologist/Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health's Epidemiology Unit. She received her bachelors of science in environmenatal science and masters of science in community based health at Mercer University. Following her gradatuation from Mercer University, she was an intern at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention working on the HIV Prevention Community Planning Evaluation Project. She continued to ascend the ladder and moved to Virginia, where she served as the Epidemiology Specialist, Surveillance Coordinator and the HIV Community Planner. She moved back to Georgia to seeve as the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 3:15PM - 4:!5PM

Panel Discussion
Topic: What's New and Who's Who? The Strange World of Drug Interactions

 

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Thursday Dec 1, 2016: 3:15PM - 4:!5PM

Panel Discussion
Topic: What's New and Who's Who? The Strange World of Drug Interactions

 

Mary K. Kouba, BS, BSN, RN, OCN, has over six years of experience in sexual health services. Ms. Kouba's previous work experience includes four years of oncology nursing and one year of providing direct client services at a prominent Atlanta AIDS clinic. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and a certificate in women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate, she served as a facilitator of the "Sex Out Loud" organization, a health education and student advocacy resource for sex education. Currently, Nurse Kouba serves as the Chief Patient Experience Coordinator (Nurse) in the ERC Comprehensive Intervention Clinic.

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 9:15PM - 10:30PM

Session One -- Break Out Sessions
Topic: Using Statistical Methods to Better Identify Areas of Need

 

Dr. Christopher D. Marine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He finished undergraduate college at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.S in Biology in 1981. He went on to study medicine at Howard University College of Medicine, graduating in 1986. He  completed an  Internship in Transitional Surgery at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California and returned the following year to Howard University Hospital, completing a 4 year Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Marine  moved to Atlanta to work in OB/GYN as an Associate Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine for 1 year, helping to establish the clinical department for Morehouse at Grady Memorial Hospital and working part time with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Dr. Marine continued to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology for the next 22 years at Southside Healthcare Inc. in Atlanta GA.  Dr. Marine returned to public health thru  working  part time at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in the Ryan White/ HIV department for 3 ½ years. In March of 2014 Dr. Marine became Lead Physician in County Wide Services/ HIV services at The DeKalb County Board of Health, where he runs the Early Care Clinic treating patients with HIV.

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 10:45PM - 12:00PM

Session Two -- Break Out Sessions
Topic: Examining HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection through Multiple "Lenses"

 

Dr. Hirut Gebrekristos is an adjunct faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine and an HIV epidemiologist, trained in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. She has four (4) years graduate-level teaching at Tulane University and has presented at South African AIDS Conference, APHA, and International AIDS Conference. Overall, her interests are in health inequalities research and practice with a focus on working to develop tools to aide in measuring and reducing health inequalities.

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 10:45PM - 12:00PM

Session Two -- Break Out Sessions
Topic: Examining HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection through Multiple "Lenses"

 

Emily J. Cartwright, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and a Staff Physician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Emory University. she was an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her clinical and research interests focus on the treatment and preventioin of chronic hepatitis C infection including in HIV positive persons. In her research, she seeks to utilize innovation in health care delivery systems to improve screening, management, and cure of patients with chronic hepatitis C and measure the long term impact of chronic hepatitis C infection on health outcomes.

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 10:45PM - 12:00PM

Keynote Luncheon Panel
Topic: Concerns vs. Solutions: How to Ensure Information Delivered is Generalizable to Target Populations

 

Lesley Miller, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed internship and residency in ineternal medicine, primary care track at Emory and joined the general medicine faculty in 2001.

Dr. Miller's clinical, research, and teaching interests center around primary care-based hepatitis C screening and treatment in underserved populations. Dr. Miller is the Medical Director of the Grady Liver Clinic, a primary care-based hepatitis C clinic that provides comprehensive care, including treatment, for uurban, underserved patients with hepatitis C at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She also reads patients with HIV/HCV co-infection at Grady's Ponce de Leon Center. Dr. Miller has lead nationally recognized HCV screening and linkage to care programs. These include TILT-C, a 2.5 year CDC-funder initiative to increase hepatitis C testing and linkage to care among baby boomers at Grady's Pprimary Care Center. She is currently PI for the HCV FOCUS program aimed at expanding HCV screening and linkage to care to Graday's Neighborhood Health Centers.

Keynote Luncheon Panel

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 10:45PM - 12:00PM
Topic: Concerns vs. Solutions: How to Ensure Information Delivered is Generalizable to Target Populations

 

Leisha McKinley-Beach currently serves as the HIV Program Administrator for Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. In this position she manages the day to day operation of this newly directly funded jurisdiction. Previously Mrs. McKinley Beach served as the Director of Technical Assistance and Stakeholder Engagement and the Southern Regional Coordinator for the Black AIDS Institute. In these roles, she was responsible for partnership development, engagement activities in Black communities; lead for women and faith activities, and served as the lead for HIV related programming for Black communities in the southern region. Leisha has also worked as the HIV Prevention Director for the Georgia Department of Community Health. As the director she oversaw all prevention activities including, HIV counseling and testing, capacity building, data and evaluation, community planning, perinatal, and contract management.

Mrs. McKinley-Beach also served as the Program Prevention Supervisor with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Leisha provided oversight of the statewide community planning process, including the Prevention Planning Group and Florida Comprehensive Planning Network. She served as liaison for other state and national HIV/AIDS prevention programs. She managed the statewide minority media campaign and provided guidance to contractors on all contract deliverables. She also worked in collaboration with the Statewide Minority AIDS Coordinator, the Statewide Latino HIV/AIDS Coordinator and community partners to ensure the creation of products that were relevenat to community needs. She represented the bureau with faith-based and Black women initiatives. Prior to working with the State of Florida, she was the Founder and Executive Director of a minority AIDS Service Organization. Mrs. McKinley-Beach is the former co-chair for the Florida Community Planning Group where she was instrumental in ensuring that racial/ethnic HIV/AIDS issues were being addressed. She has served as a minority network liaison since the beginning of the network. Mrs. McKinley-Beach is a strong advocate for the Black community and is very passionate about equality for all racial/ethnic groups. Mrs. McKinley-Beach received her master’s degree from the University of West Florida in Health Science Education and bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Health Science Education.

Friday Dec 2, 2016: 10:45PM - 12:00PM

Keynote Luncheon Panel
Topic: Concerns vs. Solutions: How to Ensure Information Delivered is Generalizable to Target Populations

 

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