IPEHD is co-sponsor of S.C. HIV/STD Conference; Arnold School's Frances Ashe-Goins, Bambi Gaddist to speak
September 9, 2011
Two Arnold School of Public Health alumni will be featured speakers for the 28th South Carolina HIV/STD Conference scheduled Oct. 26 - 27 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Frances E. Ashe-Goins of the Office of Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist of the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council will address the event that has the theme, "Reform, Transform, Perform: Maximizing Our Impact."
Considered the state's only comprehensive forum on HIV/AIDS and other STDs, the conference is designed for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, other clinicians, HIV/STD educators, public health professionals, social workers, case managers, service providers, teachers, students and people living with HIV and other interested persons.
The Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities of the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health is a co-sponsor of the conference.
Early registration must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 9, and regular registration should be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 30. Late registration for the event must be received in the Mid-Carolina AHEC office by Oct. 15.
For registration and all other information, visit the South Carolina HIV/STD Conference website.
Speakers for the conference are:
Frances E. Ashe-Goins, registered nurse, health educator, policy analyst, and innovator. She is deputy director of the Office of Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and participates in the formulation of policies, goals, and activities related to women's health. She is responsible for health policy analysis and program leadership in this nationwide women's health program. Ashe-Goins has a diverse background in clinical healthcare and public health education. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from USC's College of Nursing and also earned a master's of public health degree from USC's Arnold School of Public Health.
In 2010, Ashe-Goins was the recipient of USC's Outstanding Black Alumni Award.
Christopher Bates, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. Bates, who has spent more than 20 years working on public health and HIV/AIDS issues, advises the assistant secretary for health on department-wide topics such as HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, care and treatment and research. His office administers the Minority AIDS Initiative, as well as the Leadership Campaign on AIDS, the National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign, and a variety of new media activities designed to educate the public about HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist, co-founder and executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. The nonprofit organization, located in Columbia, is dedicated to developing strategies to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS and improve the quality of life of citizens impacted by HIV. Gaddist, a New Jersey native, earned her doctorate in 1988 from USC's Arnold School of Public Health, where she also was the 2009 recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Medal. She has worked for 25 years in the area of human sexuality, focusing on health disparity issues, HIV/AIDS and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
Rev. Stacey S. Latimer, founder and senior pastor of the non-denominational Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise-Worship Center of New York City. A graduate of Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., Latimer has been instrumental in the national mobilization of the black church around issues of HIV/AIDS, and sexuality. Latimer has more than 17 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS. He collaborates and partners with churches, health departments, and civic and community organizations to mobilize, educate, encourage and provide HIV testing.