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

2020 Program

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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. 


2020 Summit Agenda

The conference will take place at the Loudermilk Conference Center from 8:00am until 5:00pm with special events daily. 






DAY 1 PHOTOS                                                      DAY 2 PHOTOS


2020 Summit Speakers 

The Paradigm Shift Summit will include a dynamic selection of national leaders addressing HIV/AIDs, historical trauma, mental health/wellness, social justice, community engagement and health policy.  We introduce the 2020 Speaker lineup:

Featured Speaker— Pending
Dr. Gail Wyatt        
Dr. Tene Lewis
Dr. Imani Ma’at
Hydeia Broadbent
Dr. Cheryl Grills
Dr. Elizabeth Ford


Dr. Imani Ma'at

Is an Acclaimed Author, Award-Winning Health Educator, and International Health and Wellness Keynote Speaker with 22 years of experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Health Scientist. A former radio talk show host, Dr. Ma'at launched Healthy Haiku Productions (HHP), in 2006. During HHP workshops which blend her love for public health and poetry, participants learn powerful tools and processes that lead to positive choices and healthier lives! She has served as both an Instructor and Manager of the Options for Living and Learning Program at the County Jail in DeKalb County, Georgia. This program offers diverse educational classes to both male and female inmates. It was in this setting that she first introduced the Healthy Haiku Method to adult inmate populations in order to expand the lens through which they see the world and themselves as having unlimited possibilities! Her most recent book in the Healthy Haiku Series is The Retirement to Prison Pipeline: How to use Your Skills and Passion to Enrich Lives and Reduce Recidivism.

EDUCATION: Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Columbia University Teacher’s College




At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. The prognosis was that she would not live past the age of five. Now at the age of 35, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, by: promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices (for people who choose to have sex) and national HIV testing initiatives.

Hydeia Broadbent began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker at six years old. By 12 years old, Hydeia appeared on many national television programs including Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, “A Conversation with Magic Johnson” on Nickelodeon. She has been featured in prominent publications to include; New York Times, People, Essence, Ebony, Health Quest, POZ, National Geographic, and Real Health. Hydeia also co-graced the cover of TV Guide. January 2014 The OWN Network (The Oprah Winfrey Network) featured Hydeia on “Oprah’s Where Are They Now”, to date Hydeia is one of thee most requested update by fans.

Today, Hydeia is a distinguished international, public speaker and HIV/AIDS activist with a mission to educate people of all ages. She has an innate ability to bond with any audience. When addressing the public about the issues of HIV/AIDS, her primary goal is to provide a clear understanding of how to avoid at-risk behaviors through self-examination and informed decision-making. She succinctly stated “...with all that we know about the virus, it is clear to me that contracting HIV/AIDS today is a choice and we can’t allow anyone the power to make that choice for us!”

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Tené T. Lewis, PhD, FAHA

Dr. Lewis serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Lewis’ primary area of research is in the area of health psychology/psychosocial epidemiology, with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. She has a particular interest in understanding how psychological and social factors contribute to the disproportionately high rates of CVD morbidity and mortality observed in African-American women compared to women of other racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Lewis’ scientific work in this area has received honors from the American Psychosomatic Society and the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Essence Magazine, JET magazine and on National Public Radio (NPR).



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