December, 2021

202106dec12:00 pm1:00 pmHIV Data Dissemination to Inform GTZ-IL Progress and Identify Areas for ImprovementCFAR Seminar with Gregory Phillips, Nanette Benbow, Meg McElroy, and Sara Semelka

Event Details

Monday, December 6, 2021
12–1 p.m.
RSVP on Zoom required.

The Getting to Zero-Illinois (GTZ-IL) Plan launched in May 2019, detailing goals for achieving zero new HIV diagnoses by the year 2030.  This initiative is led by the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and AIDS Foundation Chicago, and includes representatives from across the state.  This event will provide an overview of the GTZ-IL Initiative, as well as updates on GTZ-IL activities to date. One of the most substantial updates is the launch of a GTZ-IL data dashboard earlier this year, the development of which was led by CFAR investigators. The dynamic and interactive data dashboard serves to both track the progress of the initiative and allows users to customize and share detailed data on HIV trends in Chicago and Illinois. The presenters will walk participants through relevant use-cases of the dashboard, and answer questions about how this tool can support ongoing and future work.

Gregory Phillips II, PhD
Northwestern University

Nanette Benbow, MAS
Northwestern University

Meg McElroy
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Charlotte Burnett, MPH, MSW
Northwestern University









Gregory Phillips II, PhD is an assistant professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and co-director of the Third Coast CFAR Ending the HIV Epidemic Scientific Working Group (EHE SWG). He also founded the research program in Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. His research focuses on understanding social-, sexual-, and network-level factors that drive the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, particularly among youth and racial/ethnic minority populations. Dr. Phillips also co-chairs the Research, Evaluation, and Data (RED) Committee for Getting to Zero Illinois.

Nanette Benbow, MAS is a research assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University, co-director of the Third Coast CFAR Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences Core, and a member of the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. Her research interests include the use of epidemiologic and network modeling to improve HIV prevention and care continua; health equity for Latinos and sexual and gender minorities; and developing academic-public health partnerships in implementing evidence-based interventions that reduce HIV incidence in local settings. She also co-chairs the Research, Evaluation, and Data (RED) Committee for Getting to Zero Illinois.

Meg McElroy is the manager for policy and advocacy special projects at AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). She focuses on advancing and implementing the department’s public health policy agenda on state and local levels through the coalition, legislative, and community work AFC engages in. In addition to the various special projects Meg helps to lead, she serves as a project manager of the statewide Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. Meg brings her extensive clinical experience, facilitation skills, and program coordination to AFC, most recently working as a clinician and senior administrator focusing on maternal and infant health outcomes.

Charlotte Burnett, MPH, MSW is a research associate at Northwestern University managing an HIV implementation project alongside Nanette Benbow and Gregory Phillips. She worked closely with community partners on the development of the data dashboard. Her interests are in health equity, implementation science, and community partnerships. Prior to joining Northwestern, she connected individuals living with HIV to care and earned Master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Michigan




December 6, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT+00:00)