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 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


Special Performance by the Spelman Glee Club

The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation of choral excellence for over ninety years. It is an organization that is open by audition to all students of the college community. Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices with special emphasis on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works.

The Spelman College Glee Club has traveled throughout the country performing for a variety of audiences. It has performed in concert halls such as Fanueil Hall (Boston), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and in churches, high schools, colleges, and universities. Their international travels have taken them to Brazil and Canada.

Aids Healthcare Foundation Presents: Tammi Mac's Bag Lady

Tammi Mac

Tammi Mac


Bag Lady” is a personal journey of KJLH radio personality Tammi Mac, who wrote a one-woman play about her life and has performed the play over the past 3 years, to sold-out audiences, in Los Angeles. The play has won numerous NAACP Image Awards and is a nine-time winner at LAWEBFEST, the influential web series festival.

“Bag Lady” deals with multiple issues including childhood sexual abuse, substance abuse, intimate partner violence and black male/female relationships. At the conclusion of the play, there is an open dialogue between health professional experts, Tammi Mac and a woman living with HIV/AIDS. This dialogue focuses on healing and redemption and encouraging women who have experienced negative life experiences to go on with their lives.

The “Bag Lady” tour continues AHF’s work in using art and culture to create broader awareness of the impact of public health issues, such as HIV/AIDS and other STD/STIs on communities across the nation.  



Rise Above: An Evening of Intimate Conversation & Music- Friday, Nov. 3

Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Raheem DeVaughn and R&B Vocalist Goapele Join Forces with AHF, WORLD and BLACC to Promote Women’s Sexual Health and Responsibility with the RISE Above Campaign.

Inspired by the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s powerful and impactful poem, “Still I Rise”, the RISE Above campaign focuses on eliminating HIV-related stigma by educating and empowering women of color about healthy relationships, sexuality and wellness.

Join us for Rise Above: An Evening of Intimate Conversation & Music featuring Raheem DeVaughn and Goapele.

FREE pop-up show for all Paradigm Shift Conference Attendees! The doors will open at 5:30 PM, and the show will start at 7:00 PM.

The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St.

Atlanta, GA 30308

*Complimentary transportation leaving Morehouse School of Medicine at 5:30 PM