Paradigm Shift 2.0: Black Women Confronting HIV, Health and Social Justice

2020 Summit

Co-Chairs Message

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April 15, 2019


Dear Sisters, Friends and Colleagues In The Struggle,

On behalf of the National Planning Committee of the Sankofa Collaborative Paradigm Shift 2.0 Conference, we appreciate your interest in the upcoming Paradigm Shift 2.0 Summit that will be held at the Loudermilk Center on February 6th and 7th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.  We want you to “save the dates” and spread the word about the conference to your friends and colleagues. We have the most beautiful website that we want to share with you as the resource of information about this exciting event. If you continue to follow us, you will be able to observe as the program on women centered research and advocacy to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to increase reproductive health in the community evolves. Our program will include research investigators, policy makers, funders, community advocates as well as women living with HIV/AIDS and at risk women, cis gender and transgender, who will provide the latest information on HIV/AIDS-related policy, risk reduction, best practices, as well as new strategies on how to reduce your risk for acquiring HIV, STIs and achieve reproductive health that is often overlooked or ignored in current prevention efforts.  The difference in this Summit from other conferences is that the information shared will be provided within the context of history as well as structural and economic barriers that have contributed to health disparities and discriminatory practices that exacerbate the high rates of infection will also be addressed. Regardless of the many losses to the community and families over the past 40 years of this epidemic, our communities has been very resilient in surviving HIV/AIDS, but much more targeted  work needs to be done that is relevant to why prevention efforts are stagnant. We realize that the challenges are great, but we are up to the challenge.  We are “Woke” and are “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize”:  HIV/AIDS free, healthy Black Communities and families.


Cynthia Davis, MPH                                                       Gail Wyatt, PhD

Co-Chair, Paradigm Shift 2020 Conference                    Co-Chair, Paradigm Shift 2020 Conference

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science      UCLA AIDS Institute

AHF, Board, Vice Chair

2017 Program

A Paradigm Shift: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women and Families conference was designed to focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS on African American women and their families. This conference targeted the community, stakeholders, policy makers, and researchers will highlight the urgent need to call attention to the persistent health disparities and HIV's impact on Black women, particularly as we examine the inadequate level of funding and dedicated resources to combat this problem at the national, state and local levels.  


This dynamic scientific and community oriented conference is endorsed by the American Public Health Association Caucus of Black Health Workers, UCLA Semel Institute, Charles Drew University, AID Atlanta, WORLD, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Morehouse School of Medicine, AID Atlanta, The Bridget B. Foundation and other national leaders in HIV/AIDs prevention. 

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors and Supporters


Two-Day Agenda

The conference will take place on the campus of Morehouse School of Medicine from 8:30am until 5pm with special events daily. 






DAY 1 PHOTOS                                                      DAY 2 PHOTOS


Conference Speakers 

The Paradigm Shift Conference included a dynamic selection of national leaders in addressing HIV/AIDs, historical trauma, mental health/wellness, social isolation, community engagement and policy. 






Welcome Reception - Wednesday, Nov. 1

The welcome cocktail reception will kick start A Paradigm Shift:The Impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women & Families conference at "The Center for Civil and Human Rights" from 5:30 PM-9:00 PM. The welcome reception will include a complimentary museum tour, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Location: National Center for Civil and Human Right

100 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313