HIV/AIDS and Social Justice in Black America
Reflecting on Three Decades of the Epidemic
Dr. David Malebranche
David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University's School of Medicine and has a joint appointment with the Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Malebranche provides medical care to patients at the Ponce Infectious Disease Center, a local clinic that focuses on comprehensive care to uninsured patients living with HIV/AIDS. He also supervises medical providers-in-training at the Primary Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. Additionally, Dr. Malebranche conducts research exploring the social, structural, and cultural factors influencing sexual risk behavior and HIV testing practices of Black men, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM).
Dr. Malebranche's work has been featured in medical and public health journals such as The Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Men and Masculinity, The Archives of Sexual Behavior and the Journal of the National Medical Association. He is known as a dynamic speaker nationwide and has been featured in documentaries on CNN, ABC News Primetime, TV One, and Black Entertainment Television (BET) for his expertise on HIV in the Black community. He has also been recognized in the Black same gender-loving community with an award from Clik Magazine in politics/health and the Community Service Award from Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), a community-based organization in New York City. Dr. Malebranche recently completed an appointment as a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2006 - 2008.
Dr. Marjorie Hill
Dr. Marjorie J. Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's oldest AIDS service and advocacy organization. She proudly served a seven-year plus term on the Board of GMHC as Co-Chair. Dr. Hill previously served as GMHC's Managing Director for Community Health where she had responsibility for the Women's Institute, the Institute for Gay Men's Health (IGMH) and coordination of agency wide community level health promotion initiatives.
Prior to her tenure at GMHC, Dr. Hill was the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Dr. Hill formerly served as a Commissioner for the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and as Director of the NYC Mayor's Office for the Lesbian and Gay Community in the Dinkins' Administration.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hill has consulted and lectured on issues of cultural diversity, HIV/AIDS in communities of color, conflict resolution, organizational devolvement and homophobia. Dr. Hill has also served on the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, the New York Civil Liberties Union, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and as chair of the Thirteen/WNET Community Advisory Board. Dr. Hill currently serves on the board of the Public Health Association of New York, is a Senior Advisor to the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Research, Columbia University and is on the Editorial Board of POZ magazine.
Dr. Angelique Harris
Dr. Angelique Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. She pursued her Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she studied the sociology of health and illness. Her dissertation research explored the Black Church AIDS movement in New York City. After graduating, Dr. Harris taught sociology at California State University, Fullerton for several years before accepting her position at Marquette.
Throughout her academic career, Dr. Harris has written numerous articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and book chapters. She has presented at over a dozen conferences across the country. Dr. Harris's book, AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole, based on her dissertation research, was published in 2010. This groundbreaking text examines the formation of the Black Church AIDS movement and the organizational development of The Balm in Gilead, the largest organization to work exclusively with the Black Church to promote AIDS education and awareness. Beginning from the perspective that the Black Church is actually working to address AIDS, Harris's text details how this work is being done. She is currently under contract with Pine Forge Press, Sage, to publish a sociology writing guide for college students. Dr. Harris is also in the process of collecting data and interviews examining AIDS activism among Black women in the United States.