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Iris House to Honor Ten Champions in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS at its Tenth Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit
New York, NY – On May 4, 2015 at its Tenth Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit, Iris House will be honorin ten women whose work in the HIV/AIDS field has helped keep a focus on women.
The honorees include Angela Aidala, Ph.D., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Gina Brown, M. D., National Institute of Health; Deloris Dockrey, M.P.H., Hyacinth AIDS Foundation; Antionettea Etienne, Iris House; Debra Fraser-Howze, M.P.A., OraSure Technologies and founder, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS; Vanessa Johnson, J.D., National Women and AIDS Collective and co-founder, Ribbon Consulting Group, Theresa Mack, M.D., M.P.H., St. Luke's Medical Group; Claire Simon, New York State Department of Health and Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, Carmen Vazquez, M.S.Ed., New York State AIDS Institute; and Linda Villarosa, City College of New York. The honorees were among 40 nominated by members of the community and were selected in secret balloting by members of Iris House’s Summit Planning Committee.
“These incredible women, through their compassion, their advocacy, their outrage and their expertise, have ensured that women’s health, particularly in regards to HIV/AIDS, has remained in the public eye,” said Iris House Executive Director Ingrid Floyd. “Whether one-on-one with women living with AIDS, through their journalism, or at the state and national policy levels, they have saved lives. They have changed the conversation.”
Honoree Vanessa Johnson stated, “I am very touched by this recognition. I do not think I could have gone through the rest of my life without trying to do something to help other women similarly situated or to repay my debt to humanity for the men and women who have kept me hopeful and energized throughout the years of despair and difficulty.”
The women will be honored at a luncheon during Iris House’s Tenth Annual Women as the Face of AIDS Summit, the nation’s first annual educational program dedicated to building the knowledge base of women living with HIV, their providers, policymakers and others working in the field. The Summit includes more than 30 presentations, panels and workshops and is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is required at www.irishouse.org.