Wednesday, June 7th
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit provides the latest information about research, evidence-based HIV prevention, outreach strategies, and best practices in targeting and connecting to care the most at-risk groups in Philadelphia.
The audience for this summit includes: people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA); people caring for PLWHA; those working in the HIV field, such as case managers, social workers, health care providers, prevention workers, street outreach workers, city employees, researches, and sexual health educators; those working in allied fields; and, anyone interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS in the Greater Philadelphia region and throughout the US.
Jeanne White Ginder
Jeanne White Ginder has been an activist and advocate for over 30 years strong. Mother of Ryan White, Jeanne was told that her son, a hemophiliac, had contracted AIDS from a tainted blood product. White’s hometown unaware of the realities of AIDS, refused to allow Ryan to return to school. Jeanne turned to the court system and the news wire grabbed on to the story. Ryan became a reluctant international celebrity and Jeanne became an educator of the masses. Over the years Jeanne was vaulted from anonymity to being a media regular. Her insight into people living with AIDS and family members affected by AIDS earned her the respect of national health figures and interviewers alike. In August of 1990, Jeanne stepped onto the lecture circuit, realizing that this was another avenue for educating young people about HIV/AIDS. She relayed personal triumphs and tragedies of life with Ryan. Her words continue to touch the hearts of all that will listen. Today, Jeanne serves on the advisory board of The AIDS Institute, and speaks across the country about her story as a mom, and seeks to educate teens and adolescents on the personal, family, and community issues related to HIV/AIDS. Her book “Weeding out the Tears: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal,” was published in 1997. The book is a gripping account of her life since Ryan’s death and her feelings about coping with the loss of her son, her daughter’s life, remarriage, stepchildren and emotionally charged AIDS issues. In the end, Jeanne hopes through Ryan’s name and her efforts, she will create better understanding, acceptance, and love for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Board-certified in pediatrics, Dr. Laguerre-Frederique received her medical degree from State University of New York at Health Science Center at Brooklyn in New York. She then completed her pediatric residency-training program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completing residency, Dr. Laguerre-Frederique served as a general pediatrician with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for three years. Dr. Laguerre-Frederique currently cares for infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV disease as the Director of Prevention and Outreach Services at the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric & Adolescent HIV at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine.
In addition, Roberta continues to partner with The Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) and the Gilead sponsored HIV Focus Project in a “Peer-to-Peer” educational initiative, the goals of which are to increase pediatric providers’ awareness of the impact of the HIV epidemic on adolescents, improving provider proficiency at recognizing signs and symptoms of both acute/established HIV infection and sharing best practices in implementing routine HIV testing of patients 13 years or older.
In 2014, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for AIDS Research CAB honored Dr. Laguerre-Frederique with the Red Ribbon Award for her leadership, advocacy and unwavering commitment to systemically implementing routine HIV screening for youth ages 13+ within primary care outpatient facilities, in-patient floors and the Emergency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.