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Rutgers School of Public Health Hosts Second Annual World AIDS Day Commemoration and Community Forum

The Rutgers School of Public Health and School of Nursing are hosting their second annual World AIDS Day Commemoration and Community Forum on November 30, 2018 in Newark, NJ ahead of World AIDS Day. This year’s topic is “HIV & Aging” and the program will explore the complex social, medical, and psychological needs of the aging HIV-positive population and examine models of strength and resilience that define them.

Mr. Jesse Milan Jr., President and CEO of AIDS United, will be delivering the keynote address followed by two panel discussions: “Psychological Well-being: Challenges and Resilience,” moderated by Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing, Brookdale, Center for Healthy Aging, Hunter College, City University of New York and “Healthcare Delivery & Service Utilization Addressing the Complex Needs of Older PLWHA,” moderated by Mr. Peter Oates, clinical director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, Rutgers School of Nursing.

The Schools are pleased to welcome public authorities, educators, scholars, students, community members and organizations to join the conversation around innovative solutions to ending HIV/AIDS as well as addressing the existing health needs of those impacted by the disease.

Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, a leading HIV/AIDS research authority, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), along with Dr. Suzanne Willard, director of the HIV Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Rutgers School of Nursing, are spearheading the event.

Additional speakers include:

  • Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, PhD, RBHS Provost, Newark, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine and Center for Immunity and Inflammation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • Monica Rivera-Mindt, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Fordham University
  • Kristen Krause, MPH, Doctoral Research Assistant, Rutgers School of Public Health, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies
  • Paul Duberstein, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • Jeffrey Kwong, DNPH, MPH, ANP-BC, Associate Dean, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, Rutgers School of Nursing
  • Gary Paul Wright, Co-founder and Executive Director, African American Office of Gay Concerns
  • Christopher Menschner, MSW, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health

The Rutgers School of Public Health is committed to engaging the community with scholars to develop practical, acceptable, and timely solutions to challenging health problems through community forums and events such as the second annual World AIDS Day Commemoration, “HIV & Aging.”

Together, we are “keeping the public in public health.”