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HIV/AIDS Among Women: Maternal & Child Health and HIV/AIDS Partnerships for Prevention, Testing, & Care

p>Thursday, June 28, 2007, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET

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Michael Kogan, Ph.D.Michael Kogan, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Data and Program Development
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-41
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443-3145
Fax: (301) 443-3145

Michael Kogan holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University. He is currently the Director, Office of Data and information Management for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. In this position he is responsible for directing activities of the office with an emphasis on 1) maternal and child health research; 2) building the data capacity of federal, state and local areas in maternal and child health; and 3) building the maternal and child health epidemiology capacity in the United States.

Prior to this position, he worked as a Senior Epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He serves on the editorial boards of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and the American Journal of Public Health. His research interests include: the effect of prenatal and pediatric care services on maternal and child health, the effect of lack of health care coverage on access and continuity of care, multiple births and determinants of preterm birth.

Kathleen McDavid, Ph.D., M.P.H.Kathleen McDavid, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention/CDC
Phone: (404) 639-2050

Kathleen McDavid has worked for more than 18 years in public health. She is a senior epidemiologist in the HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she has worked for 4 ½ years. Dr. McDavid is responsible for HIV surveillance among U.S. women and handles issues related to risk factor ascertainment and classification for the national surveillance system.

Prior to her work in HIV surveillance, Dr. McDavid was an epidemiologist for many years in the CDC’s Cancer Surveillance Branch (CSB), where she spearheaded efforts to initiate a series of international patterns of care studies for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. Her work at CSB included studies on relative cancer survival by type of insurance, effects of comorbidities on prostate cancer incidence, treatment and survival, sun protection behaviors among children, and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System studies among Native American populations in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. McDavid earned her PhD in nutritional epidemiology and her MPH from Tulane University

Nita Harrelle, B.S.W.Nita Harrelle, B.S.W.
HIV/AIDS Perinatal Prevention Coordinator
Florida Department of Health
Phone: (850) 254-4444, ext. 2565

Nita Harrelle is the Linkage Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS, where she has served for the past 6 years as the HIV/AIDS Perinatal Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Harelle began her career 20 years ago managing residential facilities for abused and neglected children and a facility for the children of women in residential drug treatment. She also has provided case management services for children with disabilities and worked with Healthy Start, targeting mothers with HIV.

Ms. Harrelle works in close partnership with the State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant program in promoting efforts in the public health and private medical sectors to reach out with HIV prevention and HIV/AIDS treatment services for pregnant women, mothers, and all women of childbearing age. One of many HIV/AIDS programs that Ms. Harrelle oversees is the Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)-funded program. Through collaborations with many community partners, TOPWA-funded programs provide information and support to hundreds of thousands of women regarding the importance of knowing one's HIV status, how to get care if you are infected, and staying HIV negative if you are not.

Betsy Wood, M.P.H.Betsy Wood, M.P.H.
Unit Director, Division of Infant, Maternal and Reproductive Health
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-13
Tallahassee FL 32399-1723
Phone: (850) 245-4469
Fax: (850) 245-4047

Betsy Wood has been with the Florida Department of Health for more than 25 years and is currently the Director of the Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health Unit. Programs under her direction include the statewide Healthy Start initiative, prenatal and infant care, family planning, fetal and infant mortality review, pregnancy-associated mortality review, and women’s health. She recently served as Interim Deputy Secretary for Health and Officer for Women’s Health Strategy. She also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Public Health at the Florida State University College of Nursing. Prior to her current position, Ms. Wood worked with Children’s Medical Services (Florida’s program for children with special health care needs) and the HIV/AIDS program office.

Ms. Wood received her MPH from the University of South Florida and her BSN from Florida State University. She is currently a Co-investigator for a grant from HRSA to integrate comprehensive women’s health into State MCH programs. Throughout her work, Ms. Woods promotes the life span approach to women’s health and is committed to helping create a comprehensive health care system that is available to all women.