AIDS Foundation Chicago: Free Webinars Exploring Racism in HIV & Public Health Industries

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AIDS Foundation Chicago hosts free webinars exploring racism in HIV and public health industries

WHAT: In light of President Trump’s Executive Order directing federal agencies to suspend diversity training programs, AIDS Foundation Chicago hosts Positive Change II: Dismantling Racism in the HIV Workplace. This two-day virtual conference focuses on racism and white supremacy in the HIV and public health industries and workplace. The critical training will aid leaders in the public health realm battle racism, which is a critical facet to ending the HIV epidemic, which disproportionately impacts Black communities. The webinars will feature a variety of nationally-renowned experts to educate and engage participants on the roles that leaders, communities and organizations play in advancing structural racism and white supremacist systems. These presentations will lead participants on strategies to help build and sustain a culture of race equity to drive positive change in the HIV workforce as the statewide sector responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and collaborates toward Getting to Zero Illinois, a plan to end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2030.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
12:45 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
Dr. Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., RN., FNP-BC, AACRN, FAANP, FAAN, FNP-BC: Dr. Sheldon D. Fields is an acclaimed international HIV prevention research scientist, participating in more than $20M of funded research primarily focusing on young men of color. He has more than 25 years’ experience as an educator, researcher, clinician, consultant and health policy specialist.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD: Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on how racism, poverty, and other social determinants of health and equity impact the health and well-being of the nation.

Storie Deveraux: Storie Deveraux is a critically acclaimed songwriter and Spoken Word Artist hailing from Chicago, who uses monologue-style performances for her unique form of self-expression.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2020
Russell Brewer, DrPH, MPH: Dr. Russell Brewer has served as the Director of the HIV/ST Program at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2011. He boasts nearly 20 years of experience in public health research and evaluation, with work focusing on the needs of populations disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States.

Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH: Dr. Tonia Poteat is an Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill and part of the core faculty at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Her research and teaching have focused on HIV and LGBTQ health disparities, particularly transgender individuals and communities.

Storie Deveraux

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