Digital Dialogue

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Dr. Mehret Mandefro, Founding Director of TruthAIDS, lectured on “The Use of Digital Media in Public Health” on October 23, 2008, as part of Drexel University’s School of Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture Series. The entire lecture is available for podcast at

This work was first presented at the Drexel School of Public Health Grand Rounds in 2008.

The Forgotten Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Crisis in Black America

The Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR), The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and national & local partners presented a symposium, November 19 -20, 2010, to examine the increasingly critical HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America. This first in a series of meetings entitled “The Forgotten Epidemic” explored how and why HIV/AIDS has become an overwhelmingly Black disease in the United States.

The HU CFAR/NAACP symposium was a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse, multidisciplinary group of partners including people living with HIV, government officials, health care providers, scientists/researchers, faith-, youth- and community-based organizations. Attendees exchanges creative and innovative ideas on topics ranging from new strategies for prevention, advances in research and treatment, health care reform, and social and political forces at play in this American crisis. Dr. Mandefro spoke on the opening plenary session alongside:

  • Dr. Valerie Stone, Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS and Faculty, MGH
  • Kevin Cranston, Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Phill Wilson, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute

To watch a video of the opening plenary session please click below.

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Ramapo College Truth Circle

Dr. Mandefro gave a guest lecture at Ramapo College as part of their Africana Film Festival. Telling the “truth” on a college campus means a diverse crowd. Students from a broad array of classes, media criticism, social work, and history to name a few, gathered to discuss HIV/AIDS and integrating media into scholarly work.

Thanks Ramapo for the gathering and beautiful posters advertising the event. Many of the students offered to volunteer and help out with TruthAIDS efforts.