Date(s) - 02/05/2018
10:00 am

Wilson Center


On May 2, the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative will be hosting a two-panel event in collaboration with World Vision U.S., focusing on the role of faith-based organizations in controlling the HIV epidemic through reaching men and boys with HIV testing, and improving maternal and child health through Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy.
Following a keynote address from Ambassador Deborah Birx, this first panel discussion will be focused on reaching men and boys who are missing in HIV prevention, care, and treatment today, especially those who are healthy. Who are these men and boys not being reached? What role can the faith community play in reaching this population? Panelists will share learnings on innovations, best practices, and models to engage men and boys for HIV testing and linkage to care. The panel will conclude with an interactive workshop involving voluntary audience participation.
Lunch will be served to participants from 11:00am to 11:45am.
The second panel, following the lunch, will be focused on the intertwining of faith and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm


  • Introduction, Jared Hoffman

    Vice President, Resource Development, International Programs Group, World Vision U.S.
  • Keynote- Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD

    Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS (PEPFAR) and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
  • Moderator, Susan Hillis

    Senior Advisor, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Senior Advisor, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Jannette Y. Berkley-Patton

    Associate Professor; Director, Community Health Research Group, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Dr. Gloria Ekpo

    Senior Technical Advisor, HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist, Health and Hope, International Programs Group, World Vision U.S.
  • Julie Pulerwitz

    Director, HIV and AIDS Program, Population Council