Quarterly Meetings

Coco Jervis, JD, Treatment Action Group
YWCHAC hosts quarterly meetings in NYC for youth service providers on topical issues such as poverty, homelessness, young women in foster care, drugs and heterosexual men and HIV infection.impacting the lives of young women of color. Meetings bring together experts and youth service providers to discuss how HIV/AIDS and other structural issues impact young nd provide resources to better serve youth. Through the meetings HIV and non-HIV identified agencies’ partnerships are strengthened. The information and knowledge sharing raises awareness in communities and agencies to further develop programs, policy statements, and affect funding priorities that include best practices and lessons learned. HIV prevention is youth development. Since YWCHAC’s first Quarterly Meeting, we have provided updates for over 1300 youth service providers in NYC.

Past Meetings & Panelists


Young Women of Color, STDs & the Link to HIV

May 2, 2008

Millicent Freeman, NYCDOHMH Bureau of STD Prevention

Tina Jones, Project Reach Youth

Sabrina Shulman, Planned Parenthood New York City

Katherine Marx, HEAT Program


Young Women of Color, Foster Care, and HIV

October 17, 2008

Sally Serio, NYC Administration for Children Services

Justine Van Staton, Center for Court Innovation

Arlette Barrow –Bovell, Saint Vincent Services


Young Women of Color - Violence, Abuse and Trauma and the Link to HIV

February 6, 2009

Lynn Roberts, PhD, Hunter College of CUNY Urban Public Health Program
Mehret Mandefro, MD, truthAIDS
Kirsten deFur, NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Meghan O'Connor, MPH, LMSW, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Darlene S. Torres, NYC Anti-Violence Project 

Young Women of Color, Heterosexual Men and Their Role in HIV Prevention

May 29, 2009

Christobal Jacques, DOHMH 

Damon Moore, Episcopal Social Services

Sam Rivera, Exponents, Inc.

Gregory Mudd, Mount Sinai 

Young Women of Color, Teen Pregnancy & HIV

October 23, 2009

Benita Miller, Brooklyn Young Mother's Collective
Stacin Thomas, Bethany Program
Leslie Grant, Sistas On The Rise
Marie M. Therency, MSW, Inwood House


The Role of Media in HIV Prevention for Young Women of Color

February 10, 2010

Stephen Howard, WBAI

Sonia Lockett, BET

Reggie Nance, EMMI Communications

Kellee Terrell, Activist & Author

Akiba Solomon, Writer & Editor


HIV Prevention in Young Women of Caribbean Descent

June 8, 2010

Yvonne Graham, Former Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn

Sandra Benjamin, Caribbean Women's Health Association

Representatives from the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Angelica Ramirez, HHS Office of Women's Health

Antoinetta Etienne, Iris House

 Young Women of Color & the State of HIV/AIDS in NY

October 22, 2010

Global Perspective & National Updates: Coco Jervis, JD, Treatment Action Group

New York State Updates: Johanne E. Moore, MS, Office of Planning and Policy, New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute

Staten Island Update: Karina Ryan, Coordinator, Staten Island Ryan White Part B HIV CARE Network Coordinator

Queens Update: Judy Pedraza, Coordinator,Queens HIV CARE Network at ACQC

Bronx & Manhattan Updates: Bianca Lopez, MPH, Community Coordinator for Connect to Protect® Bronx Coalition based at the Adolescent AIDS Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center

Brooklyn Update:Tracie Gardner, Director of New York State Policy & Coordinator of Women's Initiative to Stop HIV/AIDS of New York (WISH-NY), Legal Action Center

Young Women of Color, Heterosexual Men & Their Role in HIV Prevention-

The Conversation Continues

February 11, 2011

Alwyn Cohall, MD,Director, Harlem Health Promotion Center and Project STAY, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Quentin Walcott, Director, CONNECT Training Institute & Community Empowerment Program, Public Policies & Federal Funding for Young Men of Color in NYC

Angelo R. Pinto, Esq.; Program Manager, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health


Young Women of Color, Mental Health & the link to HIV Prevention

June 10, 2011

Sandra Bennett-Pagan, Office of Women’s Health, Health & Human Services Region II
Dr. Ken Wilson, Director of Community Partnerships, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Preventive Intervention Research Center
Stacey Murphy, FACES – SUNY Downstate

 HIV + Young Women of Color and Transitioning into Care

June 21, 2012

Jeff Birnbaum, MD Health Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT), SUNY-Downstate

Adolescent AIDS Program, Montefiore

Project KISS, Weill-Cornell Medical Center

NYS AIDS Institute - Office of the Medical Director

Dr. Jennifer Brothers, Department of Psychiatry, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Ill.

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