EHE Awardee Seminar and Community Learning Series featuring Russell Brewer, DrPH, and Chad Zawitz, MD
Date: Monday, May 22, 2023
Seminar Time: 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT
Community Learning Series Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
Location: The Village (1525 E. 55th St., Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60637) and Online
This hybrid event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please use the links below to register.
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Russell Brewer, DrPH, and Chad Zawitz, MD, will present their Ending the HIV Epidemic supplement project to the Third Coast CFAR, “Preparing for PrEP scale-out in criminal justice settings.”
Community Learning Series
Following the seminar, Dr. Brewer and Dr. Zawitz will participate in a Community Learning Series event, co-sponsored by the Third Coast CFAR and the Village. The Village is a community space within the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE) that provides a safe space, supportive services, health education, and linkage to care for Black, LGBQ, and TGNC people on the South and West Sides of Chicago. CCHE’s Director of Structural Interventions, Dr. Darnell N. Motley, and Third Coast CFAR’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Patricia Braboy, will facilitate the Community Learning Series event. Staff and clients of the Village will be in attendance. View the Community Learning Series flyer here.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Brewer is a research associate professor at the University of Chicago and director of health equity research at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. His HIV research focuses on addressing the socio-structural barriers (e.g., incarceration, stigma) to HIV prevention and care among Black men who have sex with men (BMSM), persons living with HIV, and criminal justice-involved populations in Chicago and the Southern United States. From 2010-2012, he was an HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) scholar, researching the relationship between incarceration and HIV among BMSM. From 2008-2011, Dr. Brewer managed the partnership component of an NIH-funded national education initiative designed to build awareness and support for HIV vaccine research among African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and gay/bisexual men of all races. From 2011-2017, he directed the HIV/STI portfolio at the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans.
Dr. Zawitz is an infectious disease specialist at Cermak Health Services and senior physician and clinical coordinator of HIV and infectious diseases services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. He also serves as physician chair of the Infection Control and Communicable Diseases Department and director of the Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment Program at Stroger Hospital and the CORE Center. His research interests include HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, correctional health care, and LGBTQ+ health. Dr. Zawitz has presented at national meetings and authored several articles about HIV in the correctional setting that have been published in Journal of Correctional Health Care and Positively Aware. He is a member of the Human Rights Campaign, Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, and International AIDS Society. In 2012, he received the Impact and Innovation Award from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.