Conference Coordinators

Jo Stryker, PhD – Branch Chief, Prevention Communication Branch, DHAP, CDC
Jo Ellen Stryker, PhD – Prevention Communication Branch Chief, DHAP, CDC

Jo Stryker, PhD is the Branch Chief of the Prevention Communication Branch (PCB) in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, and oversees the coordination of the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference. Dr. Stryker has been in the Branch since 2009, and has previously served as the Associate Chief for Science and the team lead for Research and Evaluation. During her time in PCB, she has led the research and evaluation of many of the Act Against AIDS campaigns, and has overseen a comprehensive update to the Division’s HIV prevention message portfolio.

Dr. Stryker has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (2005-2009) and in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003-2005). During her time in academia, her research focused on the intended and unintended effects of communication on preventive health behaviors. She received her PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has more than 20 years of health communication experience, with an emphasis on message and campaign design and evaluation.

Dayle Kern, MA – Health Communication Specialist, Prevention Communications Branch, DHAP, CDC
Dayle Kern, MA – Health Communication Specialist, Prevention Communications Branch, DHAP, CDC

Dayle Kern is the primary coordinator and point of contact for the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference. Ms. Kern has served as a Health Communication Specialist in the Prevention Communication Branch (PCB), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, since 2016 where she has managed social marketing campaigns for health care providers, including Prevention IS Care. Prior to joining CDC, she spent 10 years in communications and public relations at both clinical and public health organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Kent Taylor, MBA – Advisor to PCB

Kent Taylor, MBA - Advisor to PCBKent Taylor is a Senior Public Health Advisor with Chenega Professional and Technical Services, LLC, and provides policy and communication support for the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference. Kent has directed proactive media and health communication strategies for HIV and infectious diseases with CDC since 1990. He has over 25 years’ experience at CDC in corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, risk/crisis communications, strategic planning, policy/legislation, and communication planning. His previous positions include CDC Media Relations Director, Associate Director of Policy, Evaluation and Legislation for CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Director of CDC’s broadcast studio. Kent received his MBA from Georgia State University and has a BS in Management from Georgia Tech.