A Collaborative Effort to Address and Reduce HIV Disparities Among Black Women in Southeastern PA

Wednesday, June 23rd 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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The webinar is focused on presenting an overview of health disparities among Black Women in HIV care, particularly in the Southeastern PA region. Three sites in this region, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, AIDS Care Group, and Access Matters recently received funding to develop interventions that are targeted towards Black women newly diagnosed or lost to care. The webinar will delve into the various interventions, and collaborative effort in addressing these disparities.

Objectives

  1. Outline health disparities among Black Women
  2. Describe HIV disparities among Black Women Living with HIV in Southeastern PA
  3. Discuss how our individual programs will support the work of Ending the Epidemic by reducing healthcare disparities for BWLWHIV

Speakers

Mayla Jackson

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Mayla Jackson, MPH serves as the HIV Program Administrator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She completed her undergraduate degree at Spelman College and obtained her MPH at Drexel University in Community Health and Prevention. Her oversees all fiscal, staff, and grants management.

 

Rahab Wahome

AIDS Care Group

Rahab (Mo) Wahome is a Data Manager at the AIDS Care Group and serves as the Co-Principal Investigator on the Peer Linkage and Retention Program for women of color living with HIV/AIDS. She studies the intersection of culture and disease, global health, incarceration and disease outcomes. Having lived in Kenya for 17 years, she delved into HIV and the black immigrant community living in Philadelphia while a student at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. After obtaining her MPH in Epidemiology, she helped steer the African Health Diaspora Initiative into a fully operation program conducting testing and linkage to care for black immigrants to the city health centers. At the ACG, she oversees all data quality and management of outreach programs and has presented findings extensively at local, national, and international settings including the International AIDS Conferences and the British HIV Association. Mo is passionate about African health and development, and using art to engage the youth in health discussions. She directed and was featured in a documentary focusing on healthcare utilization among first generation black immigrants.

 

Alexandra Dongala

Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Alexandra Dongala (she/her) is a Maryland native who is passionate about educating others regarding their sexual health/wellness, bodily autonomy, and reproductive rights. She attended Emory University where she obtained an MPH in public health with an emphasis on behavioral sciences and health education. Her career has focused on education, community engagement, youth development, reproductive justice and health promotion in schools, health facilities and community-based settings.
She currently works as the PrEP assistant coordinator for the PrEP program at the eight Philadelphia Department of Public Health clinics. Alexandra educates patients on HIV prevention tools, including information on PrEP/nPEP and links patients to care and other resources.

Location Details

Webinar

Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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