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December 2017 Town Hall Teleconference

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Increasing HIV Testing to Reduce Diagnosis Delays

December 5, 2017 • 2:00 to 3:00 PM (ET)

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Agenda

Time (ET) Agenda Item Speaker(s)
2:00 PM Welcome & Introduction J.T. Theofilos, MBA
Team Lead for Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, Public Health Associate Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC
2:05 PM Vital Signs Overview Brooke Hoots, PhD, MSPH
Epidemiologist, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC
2:15 PM Presentations Jenny McFarlane
Prevention Manager, TB/HIV/STD Section, Texas Department of State Health Services

Bruce Weiss, MSW
Director of Community Health, Desert AIDS Project
2:35 PM Q&A and Discussion J.T. Theofilos, MBA
3:00 PM End of call

Speakers' Biographies

Portrait image of J.T. Theofilos, MBAJ.T. Theofilos, MBA

Team Lead, Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, Public Health Associate Program, OSTLTS

J.T. Theofilos, MBA, is the team lead for Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) within CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). He leads program development and stakeholder engagement activities for both internal (CDC) centers, institutes, and offices across the agency and external (non-CDC) stakeholders including national partners such as the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and non-governmental organizations.

J.T.’s experience spans federal, state, and local levels in healthcare systems operations, acute and post-acute health care continuum and HIV prevention services. Prior to joining the PHAP leadership team in 2013, J.T. worked in HIV prevention services and public health preparedness and emergency response at the CDC.

J.T. has served as the president of the board of directors for an Atlanta community-based organization, Comizia Care, Inc., that helps single mothers re-enter the workforce and develop skills for long-term independence. J.T. is most proud of his volunteer work as a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. He adopted Jamie, his ‘little brother,’ in 2005 when he was 9 years old.

J.T. received a master’s degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia; an MBA with a focus in healthcare systems management from Georgia State University; and a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Portrait image of Brooke Hoots, PhD, MSPHBrooke Hoots, PhD, MSPH

Epidemiologist, Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Brooke Hoots, PhD, MSPH, is an epidemiologist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention in CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. Hoots is a project officer for National HIV Behavioral Surveillance and a subject matter expert on venue-based sampling (a variation of time-location sampling) of men who have sex with men. She is also a lieutenant commander in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Hoots began her work at CDC as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working in the Division of STD Prevention. She has a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Brown University and received her MSPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health.

Portrait image of Jenny McFarlaneJenny McFarlane

Prevention Manager, TB/HIV/STD Section, Texas Department of State Health Services

Jenny McFarlane has worked in public health and HIV/STD prevention for nearly 30 years. She is the prevention manager with the TB/HIV/STD section at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Ms. McFarlane spent the beginning of her career working in correctional and substance use facilities with persons living with HIV. She is a specialist in HIV and STD prevention, program implementation and evaluation, perinatal HIV prevention, evidence-based interventions, routine HIV screening in healthcare settings, the integration of hepatitis C testing, and the administration of HIV services for people living with HIV.

Portrait image of Bruce Weiss, MSWBruce Weiss, MSW

Director of Community Health, Desert AIDS Project

Bruce Weiss, MSW, joined the staff of the Desert AIDS Project in April 2016. He serves as director of the Department of Community Health. Mr. Weiss has 24 years of experience in the fields of HIV prevention and care, healthcare, and nonprofit management. His career also has focused on building health programs that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Bruce has served as CEO of two nonprofit organizations and in executive leadership roles in Chicago, Phoenix, and Washington, DC. He is very happy to now call the Coachella Valley home. Bruce has a master’s of social work degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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