HIV Malignancy Program

Community

 

 

We are committed to fostering mutually benefitting relationships with our community members.

It is through engagement with our community stakeholders that we are able to provide quality educational programs, services and expert care that are reflective of the needs of the diverse populations of New Orleans and South Louisiana.

 

 

Our Members of the Community Advisery Board include:

 

Ms. Sandra Hayes is a 62 year old mother of six children. She was given blood and was later told by the hospital she needed to be tested every 6 months. She was diagnosed with HIV and Hep C in 1990. She is doing well today because she follows doctor’s orders. She believes everyone can live a full life if you take your meds and keep up with your doctor’s orders. She became an advocate in 2000 when she became a part of the Solid Gold Sisters, a peer support program for women over 50, at the Family Advocacy, Care and Education Services Program (FACES). She has also been a member of the New Orleans Regional Planning Council and the HIV Outpatient Clinic Community Advisory Board since 2012. She is currently the chair of the LSU AIDS Malignancy Consortium Community Advisory Board. The messages she wants to pass on to people living with HIV are “Be at peace with yourself” and “Make you happy”.

 

Mr. Anthony Richard has over twenty years of leadership experience in community, health related and social service initiatives.  Assumed extensive responsibility in such critical areas as: program, operational and fiscal management, staff training, community outreach services, collaborations, case management, grant development and program evaluation.  Received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting and a Masters in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans.

 

Dorian-Gray Alexander, has been living with HIV/AIDS since 2006 and is an Intern and member of CHANGE, a Coalition of HIV/AIDS NonProfits and Governmental Entities. He served on the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council [2008-11] on several committees demonstrating his service to the local HIV community consistent with engagement and involvement in the local Ryan White planning body and other ASO's.  Dorian networks with both RW and non-RW agencies, non-profits and CBO’s in addition to governmental representatives on local, state, and national levels. He is a Board Member of LAAN {Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network} since 2009 and currently serves as HIV+ Advocate at-Large. He is also chair of the Primary Medical Care Consumer Advisory Council for the NO/AIDS Task Force, where he is a client.  Mr. Alexander values his participation in advocacy, training and education regarding HIV at events, forums, and conferences by sharing ideas for treatment, linkage to care and retention in care for HIV.  He is an ad hoc staff Standardized Patient Trainer with Tulane University School of Medicine in its Training and Assessment of Professional Skills (TAPS) Program and received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of New Orleans.

 

Edward W. Cavin has seven years of experience in the HIV/AIDS field. He currently serves as the intern Peer Support / Receptionist at the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council (NORAPC), the public planning body for Ryan White Part A funds in the New Orleans Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA).  He also collaborates with the Mayor's Office of Health Policy and AIDS Funding; He coordinates with the community with activities to ensure clients are involved in planning processes such as needs assessment, comprehensive planning, and community engagement.  He’s involved with the Universities and Linkage to Care programs. He also is a member of the NO AIDS Task Force Community Advisory Board (CAB) Committee. He has been a member Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nonprofits and Governmental Entities (CHANGE), Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network (LAAN), and has been certified through various trainings, such as Shanti Life and with the Speaker Bureau.

 

Nadrine Hayden has 10 years of experience in the HIV/AIDS arena with a special emphasis on the adolescent population; with over 25 years of working with adolescents at local, state and federal levels.  Currently, she is the Project Director of Connect to Protect® (C2P); which is a part of the nationwide Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN).  The ATN seeks to mobilize communities around the country to examine the root causes of HIV among young people (13-24 years old) and develop long-term solutions to preventing the spread of HIV.  The researchers involved in C2P and the ATN are adolescent medicine and community health specialists who work in various urban areas and are committed to preventing illness and disease among young people.The mobilization effort brings together diverse sectors of the community to form a coalition and local strategic plan focused on reducing HIV risk by making structural changes. These structural changes include changes in programs, laws, policies and practices on the community, city and state level.Ms. Hayden’s key areas of expertise includes: juvenile justice, linkage to care, mentoring, faith-based community organizations, community mobilization, relationship and capacity building.

 

Steve Lorio was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, Squamus cell carcinoma diagnosis 1995. This was over a year of negligent dental care. He is founding member of ACTUP New Orleans and ACTUP Seattle. Did the first HIV support group on volunteer basis in the city of New Orleans. He has been employed as social service provider in the HIV/AIDS arena for nearly 22 years. He is currently the Director of Social Service at Belle Reve. He is also a member of the New Orleans AIDS Planning Council and on the Board of Directors of Priority Health Care.

 

John G. Simms, 59, born in New Orleans, raised in Baton Rouge, and resides in New Orleans, LA. Earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and received masters in Social Work and Criminal Justice. Worked in the social service field for 18 years ranging from substance abuse, developmental disability, housing and homelessness. John is the President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi-Epiphany Conference. Served on the New Orleans Planning Council as Chairman, Secretary and committee chairs and is currently a member of the planning council. He is also a member of the LSU AIDS Malignancy Consortium Community Advisory Board.

 

David L. Little, Jr., M.S. currently serves as the program director for the Interim LSU Hospital HIV Outpatient Program (HOP) Clinic in New Orleans. As the program director, Mr. Little is responsible for the administration of the clinic’s Ryan White Care Act programs. Mr. Little began his work with HIV issues in 1996 as a volunteer member of the AmeriCorps to provide respite care for people living with HIV and prevention education in Mobile, Alabama. He served 5 years (2005-2010) as the Executive Director of South Alabama CARES, a provider of supportive services and prevention education to 12 counties in Alabama. Mr. Little possesses a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Alabama.