~ Event Panelists ~
Michelle Anderson Robert Breining
Rob Caldwell Christine
Campbell Eric Flowers
John Hellman Joseph
Jason King Mark King
Jules Levin Brandon
Macsata David Manson Joan
McGovern Candace Montague
Christopher Myron Britten
Schmid Robert Suttle
Tommy G. Thompson Joey Wynn
Michelle Anderson, Ms. Plus
America 2011, is first openly HIV positive woman to ever run for and win
a national pageant title. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is very
active in her community as a Advocacy Mobilizer for AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
Consultant for the Afiya Center HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Justice,
Co-Chair of Campaign to End AIDS Southwest, Treasurer/Board Member for ADAP
Advocacy Association, member of the Texas Black Women Initiative and Blogger
for A Girl Like Me! Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating
others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and across the United
States. She plans to finish her degree in Social Work where she will be able
to continue to spread the message, and educate people regarding HIV/AIDS
as well as use her title to raise awareness, end stigma, shame and blame
associated with HIV infection among woman of color.
Michelle has Certificates of Completion in: NAPWA (National Association of
People with HIV/AIDS) Common Threads, NMAC (National Minority AIDS Council)
Treatment Adherence Peer Program Training, and CHANGE (Center for Health
and Gender Equity) Global Leadership Training, Leadership in Advocacy and
Planning (LEAP) Strengthening Consumer Involvement and Leadership (SCILS)
Some of the most empowering appearances Michelle had the privileged of
experiencing was sitting in panel discussion hosted by The Dallas Health
Department (Regional Forum on Black Women and HIV/AIDS in Texas) in Houston,
Texas to discuss the disparities of African-American women around HIV/AIDS.
She also was an opening speaker for 97.9 The Beat HIP HOP for HIV and Dallas
Health Department on World AIDS Day where she shared her story about becoming
infected in hopes to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting
She has done a number of appearances via video and radio such as CNN/HLN:
What Matters, Syndicated radio show with Michael Baisden, HEAVEN 97, Plus
Model Radio with Chenese Lewis, Public Service Announcements for ADAP Advocacy
Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Re:Solve from Chronic Disease Fund,
North Star Pro Blogtalk Radio, POZIAM Blogtalk Radio, Curvy-Girl and, The
Condom Ladies Fishbowl Networks, and "Let's Stop HIV Together" a CDC national
campaign designed to feature individual stories to champion the power
relationships in their personal and public fight to stop HIV.
Her story has been featured in numerous news articles such as The Dallas
Examiner by Marsha Jones, "Living with HIV" and "The Life of A Positive Queen",
"A Hard Lesson to Learn Living with HIV/AIDS" by Ray Jordon of the Dallas
Examiner, "Celebrity Speaks Out on AIDS" by Sherri Jacobson and "Dallas HIP
HOP event Encourages HIV Testing" by Marianne Brown of The Dallas Morning
News and web articles by The Body and Positivelite.com in Canada just to
name a few.
Michelle was nominated to sit on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
(PACHA) in 2010 and has traveled to Austin and Washington DC to speak with
elected officials regarding the impact of and policies surrounding HIV/AIDS
and in July of 2012, Michelle was bestowed the honor of receiving the Positive
Leadership Award by The National Association of People with AIDS recognizing
the use of her "Bully Pulpit" to raise awareness.
Robert Breining was born and
reared in Philadelphia, PA. At a young age, Breining discovered the importance
of working as a team to accomplish a goal. He has been playing soccer for
over 20 years, and he currently plays for the Philadelphia Falcons; he has
traveled as far as Copenhagen, Denmark to compete in an IGLFA (International
Gay and Lesbian Futbol Association) Tournaments. In 2007, five years after
the passing of his father and his HIV diagnosis, Breining had what he calls
his 'Ah Ha' moment.
He now looks at every life experience and asks, "What am I supposed to learn
from this?" In 2007, he became a Campaign Ambassador for Hope's Voice and
participated in their Does HIV Look Like Me? campaign. That October he launched
the POZIAM Community, a social networking website for people infected and
affected by HIV/AIDS. He wanted to give others living with HIV hope and a
place "to just be themselves." In July of 2008, Breining launched the POZIAM
Radio a bi-weekly internet radio show, with his Co-host Jeromy Dunn of POZitively
Speaking on Sundays, and the following year Jack Mackenroth joined as his
Last year, Breining was a featured speaker at the ADAP Advocacy Association's
2009 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Breing is described as a "Positive
Person with a Purpose." His goal is to help people living with HIV/AIDS discover
similarities in each other...and form friendships. He has been living with
HIV for 10 years and recently started receiving his medications through
Pennsylvania's AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Dr. Caldwell received his Doctorate in Cellular and
Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University, where he specialized in HIV
disease pathogenesis and its effects in the pulmonary system. He completed
his post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
where he utilized emerging technologies to identify molecular signatures
that rapidly diagnose and prognosticate several relevant human diseases,
including breast and bone cancer, osteoporosis, and infectious diseases.
Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Caldwell was promoted to Assistant
Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine, where he led clinical and basic research focusing on
bone diseases and cancer. He has authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed
journals and two book chapters, procured competitive grant funding from
government and private entities, and has delivered over a dozen invited platform
After his tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Caldwell was recruited to the National
Capital Region to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its
anti-terrorism biosurveillance efforts. This included technical analysis,
procurement and acquisition of cutting-edge biodetection modalities and forming
cross-functional teams spanning major cities to determine operational testing
and evaluation of a billion-dollar biodetection technology program.
In the private and non-for-profit sectors, Dr. Caldwell provides subject
matter expertise to the business and broader biomedical and healthcare
communities of practice that would inform research, policy decisions and
business operations. Examples include informing and supporting lobbying groups
for policy positions and initiatives, as well as to caregivers and consumers
to elucidate emerging diagnostic technologies, mechanisms of drug action/s,
and disease pathogenesis. This is supported by over a decade of experience
in communicating, informing and supporting key decision makers from various
educational backgrounds concerning high-level medical and scientific concepts.
Christine Campbell, Vice
President of National Advocacy and Organizing oversees Housing Works' national
and global policy, advocacy and organizing activities including Housing Works'
support of the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), managing the DC and Mississippi
offices and advocacy participation in the International AIDS Housing Roundtable
and International AIDS Conferences.
Ms. Campbell has her Masters of Science in Organizational Development from
American University and has spent over 21 years operating housing programs,
training HIV/AIDS housing providers and advocating for people with special
Ms. Campbell serves as a board member of the National AIDS Housing Coalition
that works to insure that indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS have access
to stable housing and services and served as an adjunct professor New York
University's Wagner School of Public Administration.
Ramsell, a family-owned company since 1967, has a
rich history of creating positive outcomes for the health and safety of
underserved populations. Ramsell works with its clients in public health,
education and corrections maximize limited funds and resources through
cost-effective coordination of care and services. By offering our partners
highly-configurable web-based technology and expertise, Ramsell has become
a leader in connecting people to the services they need.
Eric joined the Flowers family business in 1994 and quickly moved up the
ranks, playing a crucial role in transforming the company into a leader in
ADAP services. Starting as a Vice President, Flowers developed and managed
the Enrollment & Eligibility Network for the ADAP programs in San Francisco,
Santa Barbara and San Mateo counties. He was promoted to CFO in 1996 and
played a pivotal role in securing ADAP contracts with California and Washington.
Assuming the role of President/COO in 2002, Flowers was responsible for the
day-to-day management, strategic planning and implementation of corporate
In January 2008, Eric was named CEO and President. As CEO of Ramsell Holding
and its subsidiaries, he has taken Ramsell beyond its initial roots in pharmacy
and PBM services, expanding the company's tools, technology and services
to broaden Ramsell's impact in new markets, including education, corrections,
and social services.
A passionate advocate of community health issues, Flowers has a long history
of helping others. While earning his B.S. degree at University of California
at Berkeley, he counseled and tutored at The Best Resort, a group home for
boys. In 2001, he joined the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics' (HAFCI) board of
directors, working on a variety of committees including finance, audit,
governance and programs, and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the
Board. Flowers was actively involved in the negotiations and subsequent merger
of HAFCI and Walden House in July 2011. He is also on the Advisory Board
of the St. Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration,
and the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+). Flowers earned his MBA at St. Mary's
Eric lives with his wife, two sons, and chocolate Labrador in Oakland, CA.
John Hellman is the Director of Advocacy for the
Latino Commission on AIDS, joining in November of 2010. In this capacity,
he does local, state, and federal work on a broad range of issues that impact
Latinos affected by HIV, AIDS, HCV, and other health challenges.
He has successfully lead efforts to restore HIV prevention funding cuts in
NYC, ensure vital patient protection to NYS Medicaid patients, and the
development of a bilingual video series that promote strategies Latinos/Hispanics
living with HIV and HIV service providers can use to help identify and overcome
barriers to effective HIV care.
He earned his Master's degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York
University and currently resides in New York, NY.
Joseph Jefferson brings to
his role as HealthHIV's Director of Advocacy and Alliance nearly 20 years
of experience in health-related resource development, organizational development,
coalition building, and LGBT health advocacy. Before joining HealthHIV, Jefferson
was the Senior Policy Associate at the National Coalition for LGBT Health.
Previously, Jefferson held senior leadership positions with the New York
LGBT Community Center; Our House of Portland - an HIV/AIDS service provider
in Oregon; and The Collins Group - a Pacific Northwest-based capital campaign
consulting firm. Jefferson earned his MPH at the Columbia University Mailman
School of Public Health, producing a seminal report on HIV & Aging for
the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America in New York.
Jefferson leads HealthHIVs expanding advocacy platform across multiple
initiatives that include integrated HIV primary care and service delivery
models, workforce capacity building and training, leading edge prevention
and treatment, health equity, LGBT health, and Affordable Care Act
Jason King, a transplant from Los Angeles, California,
now enjoys living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He started working for AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in 2010 in the organization's pharmacydivision
where he discovered his passion for patient advocacy.
During the years 2010 and 2011, the country experienced an ADAP crisis that
threatened thousands of patients and their ability to access treatment. In
his role as a patient advocate, King successfully helped lead a statewide
movement in Florida to prevent the reduction in income eligibility guidelines
that would have ejected hundreds, if not thousands, from the program. During
this time, King also actively participated in lobbying for greater funding
to ADAP. There is now no wait list in Florida.
King now serves as Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager in AHF's Southern
Bureau, where he leads local, state-level and nationwide advocacy efforts
and maintains relations with state and federal officials. King continues
to lead other state and national efforts that concern access to treatment
and HIV drug pricing.
King has been HIV positive for nearly 7 years and aims to have an active
role in reducing stigma that revolves around HIV/AIDS especially in the gay
community. As a former beneficiary of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, King
seeks to preserve the program as he joins others in protecting and expanding
its capacity to provide lifesaving therapy to those in need. In his free
time, King is a runner, a foodie, and a classical pianist.
Mark S. King has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy
since testing HIV positive in 1985, when the antibody test became publicly
He has held senior positions with organizations such as LA Shanti, AID Atlanta
and AID Survival Project, and has written about life with HIV for the last
Mark is currently featured on the cover of POZ Magazine for an essay on HIV
stigma and gay men.
His popular blog,
chronicles his life as an HIV positive gay man in recovery.
Jules Levin Founded NATAP (National AIDS Treatment
Advocacy Project) in 1995 and remains the Executive Director. NATAP has been
a leader in HIV and hepatitis C and B education and information and in
policy/advocacy since 1995. NATAP pioneered large-scale national community
HIV and hepatitis C treatment education programs starting in 1996, and pioneered
online HIV conference coverage starting in 1996 adding hepatitis C and B
2 years later. NATAP held the first large-scale HIV community-based treatment
education forums in 1996 when HIV protease inhibitors were initially marketed,
and these 2 events in NYC and LA were attended by 800 people at each event,
and speakers included the discovery teams from each company. Hepatitis C
care and treatment education was added to the agenda 2 years later. This
program pioneered treatment education for communities of color in 1998 by
focusing this program in 1998 on targeting the education program for marginalized
patient communities, that is, communities of color, African-Americas, Latinos
and women of color.
Since then the program has always focused on these same marginalized communities
of color. Over these years over 17,000 individuals have attended the events.
The NATAP National Treatment Education Program has been ongoing ever since,
continues today, with over 400 large community-based forums and small workshops
having been held in over 25+ cities, in English and Spanish language, including
in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, speakers include leading
researchers/clinicians. The NATAP website was the first to receive press
credentials to CROI and to provide CROI coverage online, it receives 1.7
million hits monthly and over 30,000 people receive the daily emails, globally.
It is a leading internet resource for HIV, HCV and HBV conference coverage
including in 'real-time', treatment and care updates, news and policy, related
journal publications, and information and education related to 'HIV &
Aging' and HIV Bone Disease. In the policy/advocacy arena NATAP also pioneered
key areas of clinical importance for patients. Jules was a member of the
ACTG Research Agenda Committee (RAC) for 5 years from 1999-2004.
Jules Levin and NATAP have been active in HCV Federal policy and in New York
City and New York State since 1998, and were responsible for getting HCV
language into the 2006 reauthorized Ryan White Care Act, following a 5-year
advocacy project in Washington DC and in NY State. As a result Ryan White
Care Act funds are available in Ryan White Care Act Regions throughout the
USA. In NYS Ryan White Care Act funds have been recently used to fund NYS-funded
HCV projects. NATAP's weekly radio show in NYC "Living Well With HIV and
Hepatitis" was on WOR-AM for 2 years from 2001 to 2003, a 1-hour interview
format produced and moderated and produced by Jules Levin, with over 30,000
listeners per week at its peak. Guests were leading HIV and HCV/HBV clinicians
and researchers. The weekly discussions focused on HIV and hepatitis care
and treatment, translating new research findings into care and treatment,
and discussing conference proceedings in real-time. Jules and NATAP led the
way 4 years ago in education and advocacy regarding 'HIV & Aging' before
any real attention was being paid to the research and care issues. NATAP
and Jules remain active in HIV/aging and HCV policy and research issues.
Brandon Macsata serves as Managing
Partner of The Macsata-Kornegay Group, Inc. a national political and
fundraising consulting firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, media messaging
and political fundraising. He is widely recognized for his ability to connect
national, state and local stakeholders interested in influencing public policy.
Macsata has extensive experience working with political candidates, national
and statewide trade associations, and other corporate entities. In November
2009, Macsata was acknowledged by HIV-Plus Magazine to be amongst the Top
25 LGBT Leaders Fighting HIV/AIDS.
First diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2002, Macsata has dedicated much
of his professional and personal life advocating for persons living with
HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+),
a national non-profit organization working to improve the AIDS Drug Assistance
Program (ADAP). In his capacity as CEO, he has successfully assembled a wide
spectrum of ADAP stakeholders to re-energize patient advocacy around the
AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the national level. From November 2003 to
March 2006, he authored a weekly news column on national HIV-related stories
for The Weekly News in Miami, Florida.
He is also a former ADAP recipient. At the age of 27, Macsata was the youngest
Executive Director of a national trade association; he managed the American
Congress of Community Support & Employment Services (ACCSES) from 2000-2003,
a national trade association representing the interests of community, non-profit
agencies providing supports and services to persons with disabilities. Prior
to moving to Washington, DC in 2000, he opened a 100-bed assisted living
care facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. Serving as the facilitys
assistant administrator, Macsata worked closely with community leaders and
state agencies to advocate for seniors.
Macsata has advised candidates for political office, and has also run for
office himself at the local and national levels. In 1995, he was just 79
votes short of beating a 22-year incumbent and becoming the youngest person
ever elected in the State of North Carolina. In 2000, he formed an exploratory
committee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives before ultimately
deciding against running for that office. He is a graduate of the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor
of Arts in political science. In April 2009, UNCW awarded Macsata
and his business partner the Political Science Departments
Outstanding Political Science Graduate award in recognition for
David Manson is Product Manager for Ramsell Correctional
Application (RCA) at Ramsell Corporation. RCA is a web based system that
solves the problem of coordination of care and benefits for ex-offenders
who are in need of any of a number of different paths of assistance to successful
reentry into society from state and city/county correctional facilities with
the available programs and resources within a community.
David has a lengthy and diverse background in community supervision, reentry,
public safety and juvenile delinquency intervention and prevention. Starting
his career as a classroom teacher in South Central Los Angeles in the late
1980s during the height of the crack epidemic and Bloods
and Crips wars, David soon migrated to leadership in the non-profit
arena as Director and Executive Director of a variety of community benefit
corporations. In addition to his work with high-risk adjudicated youth and
young adults, David also served as a Baptist Minister and High School Basketball
Coach for 25 years, and was selected in 2001 by the Contra Costa Times as
the Bay Area Coach of the Year.
David transitioned from his work on the front lines of community service
to work for California Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata as his District
Director, responsible for operations of the Senators district office,
public safety and violence prevention issues and legislation, and also was
the inaugural Chair of the Alameda County Reentry Network, which included
representatives from elected officials at the city, county and state level,
Oakland Human Services, Alameda County Probation Department, Sheriff Department,
CDCR, Public Health and Social Services agencies and many more.
David has been involved in the drafting of legislation, lobbying of elected
officials for sound, evidence-based public and fiscal policies around public
safety and reentry issues, coordination and collaboration of care and services
for the reentry population in one of Californias largest counties,
direct delivery of services to that population, and providing consultative
services in solution to systemic barriers to effective partnering.
Currently, David leads a team of sales, customer support, and information
technology professionals as well as specialized consultants in the development,
sales, support and delivery of the Ramsell Correctional Application to
corrections, and corrections-related healthcare agencies and companies.
After becoming a Eucharistic
Minister, at St. Joseph's Church-Garden City, in 2002, Joan participated
in a Beginning Experience weekend (for single, divorced, widowed), in 2003.
Realizing the movement of the Holy Spirit and accepting the invitation to
more directly pursue her faith journey, Joan accepted a leadership role with
the team; facilitating several weekends, through 2005.
Wanting to assist others in recognizing the presence of Jesus in their lives,
Joan pursued the Diocesan 2 year Pastoral Formation Institute (PFI) program
and received her certificate in June, 2009. Joan continues to provide leadership
support with members of the Office of Faith Formation, as an Alumni Coordinator
and presenter of the PFI "Discernment" weekend retreat.
As a 25+ year Vice President in the Corporate Technology division of a major
financial institution, Joan felt the need to integrate her faith more directly
into her career life. Through discussions with her Spiritual Director and
another business colleague, the development of the "Workplace Spirituality"
series, at the St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House, was established; concluding
its second year.
Having completed the 19th Annotation in 2010, Joan continued her next two
years pursuing the Spiritual Director certification program, at Brentwood-Long
Island, being commissioned in May, 2012. She guides directees in their spiritual
journey as well as coordinates a monthly meeting with the 2012 Spiritual
Directors to keep this community connected.
Once commissioned, Joan was offered a Staff Associate position at the St.
Ignatius Retreat House - Manhasset where she conducts spiritual consultations
with retreat participants as well as leading prayer services in retreats,
such as: Step 11, Men's Weekend, Women's Weekend, and Charis Ministry Young
Adults throughout the year.
Also in 2012, Joan accepted the offer to participate in the Jesuit Collaborative
- Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program as a mentor and spiritual
director to young adults.
Candace Y.A. Montague is a
health advocate and freelance writer in Washington, D.C.
She is the DC HIV/AIDS Examiner for
Examiner.com and a blogger
for TheBody.com. Candace
is also a contributing writer for
TheGrio.com, The Black AIDS
Weekly Newsletter, and East of the River Magazine, a publication of Capital
Writing is her activism.
Christopher Myron was diagnosed
with HIV January 21, 2010. Almost instantly, he took a vow to himself to
not let this dictate him from following his dreams and living a healthy,
normal life and express his feelings in his writing.
He currently lives in New York City where he holds a full time job and continues
to write for online publications while contributing to his YouTube vlog and
own blog relating to topics on HIV and AIDS.
He is also working on a fictional novel in the hopes to make its way to
publication and finally aspires to move to the West Coast to write a television
Writing aside, Christopher thrives on being vocal of his diagnosis in an
effort to end the stigma of HIV and AIDS.
Britten Pund is a Manager with the Health Care Access
Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Ms. Pund has been with NASTAD since 2006 and is responsible for the research
and production of the National ADAP Monitoring Project and ADAP Watch.
Ms. Pund provides support for NASTAD's HRSA Cooperative agreement on the
topic of ADAP programmatic management, including formulary and waiting list
management, other cost-containment, and cost-effectiveness.
Ms. Pund received her Bachelor's degree from Elon University in North Carolina.
CARL SCHMID: Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS
Institute, Washington, D.C. Carl Schmid has been with The AIDS Institute,
a national public policy, advocacy and research organization, since February
2004. He is co-chair of the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition; a Convening
Group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, and co-chair of an HIV
Testing Reimbursement Work Group.
He is a former chair of the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Ryan
White Reauthorization Work Group. He remains active in those coalitions and
others that advocate for Medicaid, Medicare, and Healthcare Reform; the AIDS
Drug Assistance Program; and Hepatitis. He was a member of the Presidential
Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2007-09, and chaired its Domestic Subcommittee.
In 2010 he was named by POZ Magazine as one of the 100 most effective AIDS
fighters and by Whitman Walker Health as one of the 25 individuals who have
played prominent roles in the fight against HIV in DC. Mr. Schmid earned
a B.A. in Public Affairs and a M.B.A. in International Affairs from the George
Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Robert Suttle, serves as Assistant
Director of The Sero Project. Prior to joining Sero in March, 2012, Suttle
was a case manager and prevention specialist at the Philadelphia Center,
in Shreveport, Louisiana, working with young African American men who have
sex with men.
Robert was released from a Louisiana prison in January, 2011, after accepting
a plea bargain and serving six months for a conviction under Louisianas
so-called Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus statute. Suttle
was prosecuted after he and a former partner, with whom he had a contentious
relationship, stopped seeing each other.
The partner, who had previously threatened to file charges against Suttle,
then went to the police and did so.
The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson
Tommy G. Thompson served
as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001, and U.S. Secretary of
Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2001 to 2005. After his time in the
Bush Administration, Thompson was a partner with the law-firm Akin Gump and
Chairman of Deloitte's global healthcare practice and has served on the board
22 other organizations.
Thompson left the governorship when he was appointed by President George
W. Bush as HHS Secretary. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 24,
2001.While Secretary, he launched initiatives to increase funding for the
National Institutes of Health, reorganize the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services to encourage greater responsiveness and efficiency, and
clear the backlog of waivers and state plan amendments.
He approved 1,400 state plans and waiver requests and thereby provide health
insurance to 1.8 million lower-income Americans. In the aftermath of 9-11
he also worked on strengthening the nation's preparedness for a bio-terrorism
attack, by stockpiling smallpox vaccines and investing heavily in state and
local public health infrastructure. Both as Governor and HHS Secretary, Thompson
was a strong supporter of the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.
Joey Wynn, Director of Public Policy, Minority Development
& Empowerment, MDE
Joey Wynn has made a career in HIV advocacy, public
policy and working in a variety of public health settings over the course
of his 22 years in the state of Florida. In 1994, he was involved in the
start up of the first Ryan White Outpatient HIV Program (SIS) Dept. at Mercy
Hospital in Miami, FL.
In 1996 he joined Florida AIDS Action (FLAAC), based in North Miami, it was
a statewide advocacy agency providing medical treatment information &
education for patients and physicians; with a focus on increasing awareness
for funding from the State Legislature for HIV related services, especially
the AIDS Insurance Continuation Program by bringing in a multi-bus tour with
patients from around the state to the Capitol, resulting in the first million
dollars of state funding earmarked for the AICP program as well as additional
funding for other HIV projects.
Then he served for 5 years as the Ryan White Patient Care Administrator for
the Broward County Health Department's AIDS Program office, overseeing provision
of $20 million of HIV services for two clinics, four pharmacies, and seven
subcontractor agencies throughout Broward County.
His next step was a five year role in the Statewide Medicaid HIV Disease
Management program, Positive Healthcare, as the statewide Community Relations
Director. Acting as a liaison with the six HIV Ryan White "Part A" planning
bodies across six cities, he worked directly with various HIV service delivery
systems of care throughout Florida. Joey then worked for Broward House for
5 years as the Director of Public Policy. BH is an AIDS Service organization
providing the entire spectrum of services for clients: Housing, primary medical
care, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, and social services
for people living with HIV.
He currently is involved at Minority Development & Empowerment as the
Public Policy & Community Affairs Consultant, involved in the creation
of the first South Florida Hepatitis Network, coordinating grants, and
recruitment of providers for a comprehensive indigent care testing linkage
and care program for Hep C patients.
He served 14 years on the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) workgroup,
and served for the past 4 years on the Board of Directors for the National
ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) in Washington D.C.
He is currently the Chair of the Area 10 Consortia, South Florida AIDS Network
(SFAN), serving over 8 years. He also served four years as a member of the
Florida Statewide Medicaid Advisory group. He has worked on various local,
State, and Federal Pharmacy formulary panels and workgroups over the past
17 years, and developed a Ryan White Part A funded analysis of Pharmacy
efficiency / effectiveness in an evaluation report for the Broward County
EMA, comparing Florida EMAs for cost & utilization with the Florida ADAP