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Patricia served as a consultant on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) that focused on bringing women living with HIV/AIDS to the policy table where decisions were being made about their very lives. She has organized dozens of community focus groups, speak outs, and information sharing meetings, as well as assisted with the publication of various research and policy documents designed to target Policy makers to assist them in better understanding the needs of women. She has successfully advocated for women, girls and families at all levels including policy forums and with the Ryan White Planning Council where she made a difference in breaking down many of the barriers women face in accessing services. She has sat on several other committees, including, the PWA Committee, the District of Columbia’s Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS. She was also the co-chair of a committee that looked at Medicaid waivers for DC. Currently she is engaged as a member of the National Center for Behavior Change’s National HIV Prevention Policy Formulation and Education Workgroup and Coalition. She also speaks on Capitol Hill to address issues that women and girls living with HIV/AIDS face in the fight against the disease. Pat has received the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) Certificate of Recognition of efforts on behalf of women living with HIV/AIDS in DC and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth Council of DC’s Outstanding Leadership Award. She was recognized as a Hero in the Struggle, an honor of the Black AIDS Institute - honorees include Coretta Scott King and Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders. Pat also received the prestigious Gloria Award from the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Jacqueline (Jacqui) Patterson – Jacqui is the Director of the Climate Justice Initiative at the NAACP. Most recently a global women’s rights consultant, Jacqui has enjoyed a rich career working in the capacities of researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and climate justice. Since 2007, Jacqui has served as coordinator for Women of Color United, an organization she founded. As WOCU coordinator, Jacqui has recently emerged as a leader in the climate justice movement, currently working on a climate justice road tour to expose issues of environmental racism in communities of color and ensuring that the voices, demands and leadership of women of color are at the forefront of policy making spaces at upcoming UN meetings, the G-20 convening, and in the formulation and advancement of the Waxman Markey Climate Bill. Previously, Jacqui served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid, where she ensured the integration of a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Prior to this, Jacqui served as Assistant VicePresident of HIV/AIDS Programs for Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc. providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Jacqui served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as policy analyst for Baltimore City Healthy Start, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. A returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Jacqui holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves as Public Policy Co-Chair of the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Alumni Program, The Leadership Circle of the Women’s Working Group of the US Social Forum, Coordinator for Women of Color United, and the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of ATHENA Network, as well as serves as a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Health GAP (Global Access Project).

Marcus Pope – In July 2005, Marcus was hired by the Minnesota Center against Violence and Abuse (MNCAVA) to work on a collaborative project with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). Today, Marcus is the Associate Director of IDVAAC. One thing he is especially excited to contribute to IDVAAC is his experience building relationships corporations and foundations. Marcus has a background working with foundations, writing foundation grants, and cultivating relationships with different types of donors. Additionally, he is especially interested in bridging gaps between the research institute and people facing domestic violence issues in the community. Prior to starting at IDVAAC, Marcus spent three years working in the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. He also worked in the Youth Studies department, as an academic adviser and mentor to undergraduate students. Additionally, Marcus worked in the Twin Cities as a program director for a health care and social service agency called Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.). N.I.P. offers a community clinic, a rape and sexual abuse center, a counseling center, therapy associates, a seniors program, a youth program, and the academic-based Cargill Scholars program.

Serra Sippel – Serra is the President of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), a Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental organization that seeks to ensure that U.S.

international policies and programs promote sexual and reproductive health and human rights for women and girls worldwide through comprehensive, effective, rights-based approaches to reproductive and sexual health concerns—including family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS—and increased funding for critical programs. Serra has more than sixteen years of advocacy experience on women’s rights issues. Prior to joining CHANGE, she was International Program Director at Catholics for a Free Choice where she worked collaboratively with women’s rights activists around the world to secure and promote women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health globally. In addition to her years at CFFC, Serra has been involved in the fight for women’s rights through her work at a homeless shelter for women with children in Texas and on behalf of incarcerated women in the state of Indiana. Serra holds a master’s degree in religion. She is the author of numerous articles and other publications on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and has spoken at conferences internationally.

Vickie Smith – Vickie is the Executive Director at the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She began her work in the battered women’s movement over 27 years ago by providing direct services to survivors of domestic violence. She helped open a nonresidential crisis intervention program, first serving on the Board of Directors and then serving as the first non-paid director. Vickie joined the staff of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence in March 1988 as a Grant Monitor, and then became Executive Director in

1993. Vickie has done work in the battered women’s movement on the national level. She is a founding Board member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national advocacy agency located in Washington D.C. During the development of the National Network, Vickie worked with other state and national advocates on drafting the historic 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which has had a significant impact on services for battered women. In May 1999, she relocated to Texas where she joined the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and participated in technical assistance and training all over the United States. Vickie resumed the position of Executive Director of ICADV in August 2008.

Rona Taylor – Rona is the Organizer for the National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC) which is a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women. NWAC is committed to women’s social justice by building the collective power and solidarity/sisterhood of HIV positive women. Prior to the Ms. Foundation project, she was the National Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Harm Reduction Coalition where she helped set up syringe exchange programs, run, and expand their services. She also worked at the Harm Reduction Coalition as the Coordinator for the African American Capacity Building Initiative (AACBI). She is the Board President for the Women’s HIV Collaborative of New York and in addition to her work around HIV/AIDS, she is also very involved in human rights, racial and reproductive justice work.

Cynthia Tucker – Cynthia has been working in prevention for over seventeen years. As the Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships, Cynthia is responsible for all private funds raised by AFC to be dispersed to the communities through their annual grant cycle process. Formerly, she was the director of prevention at Chicago Women’s AIDS Project (CWAP) for over eight years. There she conceptualized new ways for working with African American communities and created programs that are responsive to the epidemic. She has previously worked for Planned Parenthood, planning and facilitating workshops specifically for young women. Cynthia is a current member and past chair of the City of Chicago, HIV Prevention Planning Group (HPPG), past member of the Illinois Prevention Planning Group (PCPG) and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) and past board member of the Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) and chair of the Illinois Women of African Descent (ILWAD). Cynthia is a member of several advisory boards including the Domestic Violence/HIV/AIDS National advisory group, the Hardship, Health and Renewal (a study about Economic Survival Strategies among Women Living with HIV), Behavioral & Social Science Volunteers (reviews program materials for cultural relevancy and appropriateness) and with the Univerity of Illinois Chicago Project Wish (Vaccine trails).

Cynthia has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition.

Donna (DeeDee) Williams – DeeDee has more than twenty years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her other work experience includes 7 years with high-risk women and children affected by substance abuse, early childcare development, program implementation, women’s issues and community activism. She has more than ten years of management level experience and her dedication to direct services at Sojourner House - a domestic violence program in Providence, RI - has earned her a notable reputation in the community. DeeDee is devoted to her community and works tirelessly for women’s issues. As a Licensed Minister, she reaches out to the homeless population and those who are underserved.

DeeDee was awarded the John Hope Settlement House Outstanding Women’s Award for community service in March 2007. She has held the position of co-chair for the Community Planning Group for HIV Prevention for 4 years and has recently been selected as a Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission of Providence, RI.

Background HIV/AIDS HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV is transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. When we use the term HIV, the person living with HIV can be at any one of these

four stages:

• Incubation period

• No Symptoms

• Later Stage of HIV

• AIDS People living with HIV may be asymptomatic for years after infection. In the US, approximately 25% of all people living with HIV are unaware of their serostatus, and as a result may unknowingly transmit HIV.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is used as a description for advanced-stage of HIV disease. AIDS refers to individuals who have particular "AIDS-defining" conditions or by a CD4+ T cell count below 200 cells per cubic millimeter.

While there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS, the disease can be prevented, and the disease can be managed with antiretroviral treatments, prevention, housing, nutrition, supportive services and primary care.

In the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is considered a growing health crisis for women and girls. Though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that men were 3 out of every 4 AIDS diagnosis and 73% of HIV diagnosis, women constitute an increasing proportion of new HIV/AIDS cases. (CDC, 2006) Based on the CDC’s most recent estimates for the year 2008, close to 10,332 women were diagnosed with HIV infection and 9,577 women were diagnosed with AIDS. Today, women represent a larger share of new HIV infections compared to earlier in the epidemic. The proportion of AIDS diagnosis among women has tripled since 1985. Between 1999 and 2003, AIDS diagnoses increased 15% among women (and increased 1% among men). (CDC, 2003) There are many factors influencing the transmission and progression of HIV/AIDS. Gender is one crucial factor. Women are 2-5 times more likely to contract HIV from men during sexual intercourse than vice versa. Women are biologically and physiologically more susceptible to HIV infection than men. In addition to the biological and physiological factors affecting women’s risk of HIV infection, violence and the fear of violence increase women’s vulnerability to HIV infection. Violence or the fear of violence limits a woman’s ability to negotiate safe sex practices, thereby increasing her chances of contracting HIV. The presence of violence in a woman’s life may also make it difficult for her to seek HIV antibody testing, disclose results, and access health care or supportive services.

Heterosexual contact is the most common method of contracting HIV among women (74% in 2008), followed by injection drug use (24%). (CDC, 2006) Since the epidemic began, 1/3rd of AIDS cases had a direct or indirect connection to injection drug use. This means that though women’s risk of contracting HIV is through heterosexual sexual intercourse, sexual behavior may be with an injection drug user.

Additionally, the disease disproportionately affects women of color. (CDC, 2006) African American and Hispanics and Latinos represent 24% of all women in the Unites States but account for 82% of AIDS cases among women, according to amfAR (National AIDS Research Foundation) a leading group in research into prevention and treatment established in 1983.


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