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To End HIV, Fight Disparities

September 1, 2016

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Deputy U.S. Surgeon General
RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Deputy U.S. Surgeon General, closed the 2016 Ryan White HIV/AIDS conference on Fri., Aug. 26, with a moving description of the "gut-wrenching" conditions -- the poverty, homelessness, lack of health insurance and access to clinical care -- that increasingly have made the virus a disease of "poor communities of color in this country."

"This meeting is one of the most important events that will happen in Washington, D.C. this entire year. This conference is bringing together individuals who will make a significant difference in the lives of people around the world.​" -RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams

clockwise, from left: HAB Associate Administrator Dr. Laura Cheever chats with Training and Capacity Director Dr. Harold Phillips; Jeanne White-Ginder, Ryan's mom
Parting words: (clockwise, from left) HAB Associate Administrator Dr. Laura Cheever chats with Training and Capacity Director Dr. Harold Phillips; Jeanne White-Ginder, Ryan's mom; 2,400 grantees, advocates, clinicians and researchers attended 190 workshops and 150 poster presentations over three days at Washington​​ D.C.'s Marriott Marquis Hotel; Carin Martin and Tori Williams from Harris County, Texas; Gina Brown of the New Orleans AIDS Task Force talked about her own battle with the virus: "I think it’s important for people to understand that 22 years ago a 28-year-old black chick from New Orleans -- who was scared like I don’t know what -- is standing here in 2016."

clockwise from upper-left: Lourdes De Jesus Rodriguez and Karolyn Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Chris Bositis, Lawrence (Mass.) Family Health Center; Vimal Rao, Rene Sterling and Michael Evanson, HAB Div. of Policy and Data; Octavia Richmond of Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center plugs in; Peri Hawley and Makada Bernard, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, N.Y.C.; Paul Hepfer, The Health Trust, San Jose, and Supriya Rao, Santa Clara County Dept. of Public Health.
In it together: (clockwise from upper-left) Lourdes De Jesus Rodriguez and Karolyn Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico; Dr. Chris Bositis, Lawrence (Mass.) Family Health Center; Vimal Rao, Rene Sterling and Michael Evanson, HAB Div. of Policy and Data; Octavia Richmond of Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center plugs in; Peri Hawley and Makada Bernard, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, N.Y.C.; Paul Hepfer, The Health Trust, San Jose, and Supriya Rao, Santa Clara County Dept. of Public Health.

clockwise from upper-left: HAB staffers Tempestt Woodard, Lauresa Washington, Asher Weinberg, Rebeka Fritz, Kristina Barney, Lawrence Momodu and Amy Schachner; Scott Kodish and Frances Nguyen of OA/OC
Common cause: (clockwise from upper-left) HAB staffers Tempestt Woodard, Lauresa Washington, Asher Weinberg, Rebeka Fritz, Kristina Barney, Lawrence Momodu and Amy Schachner; Scott Kodish and Frances Nguyen of OA/OC.

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams with the HIV/AIDS Bureau's U.S. Public Health Service officers, standing beneath the 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment logo.
Attention on deck: ​One of the​ largest contingents of U.S. Public Health Service officers at HRSA works in the HIV/AIDS Bureau -- where RADM Trent-Adams spent 23 years of her career and rose to Deputy Associate Administrator before she was appointed Deputy U.S. Surgeon General in November 2015.​​

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2017