Meeting Archive:
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Legacy Project Webinar

Meeting Description:

March 20, 2019 is National Native (Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day is an opportunity to increase awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on Native Americans, Native Alaskans , and Native Hawaiians.

The Legacy Project works nationally to increase awareness of and build support for HIV prevention and treatment clinical and behavioral research by addressing factors that influence participation of historically underrepresented communities. The Legacy Project recognizes that historical trauma along with abuses of research such as the Tuskegee syphilis study, institutional racism, sexism, and homophobia have contributed to the lack of participation of communities of color and women (cis and trans) in accessing medical and other services, specifically HIV medical services and participation in HIV clinical research.

In recognition of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Legacy Project invites you to join us for a powerful webinar where Gabrielle Evans and Harlan Pruden will highlight the importance of engaging with Native Americans and Native Alaskans in a way that’s culturally relevant and respectful. During this webinar, presenters will discuss how historical trauma impacts culture, traditions, and mental and physical well-being, specifically for Native Americans and Native Alaskans impacted by HIV. Presenters will share what individuals, communities, providers and researchers can do to work towards ensuring that Native Americans and Native Alaskans have healthier futures.

Date: Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Legacy
 Presenter Information
Gabrielle Evans
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Gabrielle S Evans, MPH, CHES is a Research Assistant working on HIV prevention and treatment clinical trials with the UNC – Chapel Hill Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.  She is the Co-Founder of The Minority Sex Report™, whose mission is to provide representation in sexuality education. The Minority Sex Report™ also addresses barriers to achieving optimal sexual health for communities of color as well as intersectional inequalities faced by Black and Native communities. Gabrielle has taught comprehensive sex education to adolescents and young adults for over three years.  In Fall 2019, she will be begin pursuing her doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is committed to expanding sexuality education in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among Native American populations.

Harlan Pruden
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Harlan Pruden (First Nations Cree Nation/nÄ“hiyaw), whose mother is from the Beaver Lake Reservation and father from the Whitefish Lake Reservation, both located in northeastern Alberta – Treaty 6 territory, works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Harlan is a Ph.D. student at UBC and an Educator at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous public health program at BC Centre for Disease Control. Harlan is also the Managing Editor of the and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Public Library and was just appointed as an Advisory Member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health. In August 2014, Harlan was appointed by President Obama to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) where Harlan provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was (happily) fired from PACHA.)