Friday, December 18th 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The 2020 Reunion project is an online event to come together, share, celebrate, and educate on issues that impact long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. This year’s Reunion Project aims to reflect upon the past via shared stories of resilience, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, introduce the themes of mental health and wellness to the conversation, and direct attendees toward available and sustaining community resources for long-term survivors.
In addition to a pre-recorded panel, we will have several interactive breakout groups for you to choose from.
Jennifer L. Aldrich, MD
Dr. Jennifer Aldrich is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University. Her work involves managing HIV, HBV, and HCV care for hundreds of inmates in the state correctional system, as well as developing a gender affirming medical outpatient practice in coordination with Temple’s surgical program. In this latter role she also sees patients at Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center for LGBTQ care. She regularly brings students and residents with her and teaches about LGBTQ and corrections medicine.
Dr. Aldrich graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and then pursued her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as the Director for HIV Clinical Services for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Dr. Aldrich is a co-chair of Temple Health System’s LGBTQ Alliance Task Force, and she serves on the Temple IRB representing prisoner interests. She has previously served as the Medical Director for Siloam Wellness, and Vice Chair of the Board of MANNA, both AIDS service organizations.
Michael Tyler Ramos, MSW, LCSW, CAADC
Michael obtained his Masters’ Degree in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work before completing post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Supervision and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training. Michael is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania, and a Certified EMDR Therapist. Michael is the founder and Executive Director of MTR Therapy and practices out of the Philadelphia location at Rittenhouse Square and provides In-Home Therapy to children and adolescents in the state of New Jersey via the Children’s System of Care. Michael is the co-founder of the Diversity of Us Annual Summit in Philadelphia. Diversity of Us is the first platform for clinicians of color to share, speak, and teach about their experiences. Michael is also the founder of Get LYT, Live Your Truth, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the mission of MTR Therapy of increasing access. Get LYT provides access to financial scholarships for individuals receiving and looking to receive mental health care.
Lourdes Gonzales, BS
Lourdes Gonzalez began her journey in 2003 as an Administrative Assistant in a Maternal and Child Health Department where she discovered her passion to help people in her community. She received a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and is an MSW candidate at Widener University. Currently, Lourdes is a Medical Case Manager at Action Wellness providing supportive services to people living with chronic illness.
Shakeera Wynne, MSW
Shakeera Wynne has been working with individuals living with HIV and chronic illnesses as a Medical Case Manager for the past four years. She is a recent MSW graduate from the University of Denver with a concentration of Mental Health and Trauma. As a Medical Case Manager at Action Wellness, Shakeera implements her values of empowerment and self-determination to assist her clients in accomplishing their goals.
Gregg’s work honors the sacred inner journey each one of us is called to as queer people. Exploring the importance of self-love, connection, belonging and innocence. Story-telling remains the foundation of his work, the power of sharing one’s story and being the witness for others. His contribution to the HIV/AIDS community has been recognized with the Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Congress presented by Nancy Pelosi as well as honors from the City of San Francisco. He is seen in the ground-breaking documentaries “Absolutely Positive” and “That’s a Family!” He is an LGBT rights activist helping to organize and emcee anti-Prop 8 and DOMA rallies since 2008. He is a Dad and grandparent.
Welcome and history of the Reunion Project
- HIV and the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Mental Health and Wellness
- Navigating resources as a long-term survivor during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Live Q & A
The question and answer portion of this event will consist of 3 separate breakout rooms where you can ask questions related to the above topics.
During this time, we will come together for guided story sharing and community building exercises
Closing and call to action