3/27 Webinar: Barriers to HIV Care and Prevention for Women in the U.S.

Date: March 27, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm EST


The Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination’s Women’s HIV Research Collaborative (WHRC) invites you to participate in an informative discussion on how different social and structural barriers impact women’s access to HIV care. Some of these barriers are:

  • Homelessness
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Food insecurity
  • Exclusion from research

As a part of this discussion, attendees will learn about these barriers and how to address them.


Moderator: Dázon Dixon Diallo DHL, MPH, Founder and President of SisterLove Inc., is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights through sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice, and the fight against HIV, STIs and Gender-based Violence. Dázon is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first Sexual and Reproductive Justice organization focused on women and HIV in the southeastern US. In 2020, Diallo was appointed to the IAPAC-Lancet HIV Commission on the Future of Urban HIV Response. Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta.

Nakeitra L. Burse, DrPH, CHES, Executive Director of Six Dimensions LLC, established Six Dimensions in an effort to strategically respond to the health needs of communities. As a native Mississippian, she is well aware of the impact of poor health on the environment, the economy, and the overall quality of life of individuals and communities. She is also acutely aware of the impact that systems have on individual and community health. Dr. Burse has been entrenched in public health for over 10 years, earning a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Health Education/Health Promotion both from Mississippi State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Jackson State University

Brian Minalga, MSW, Deputy Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) is is first and foremost a member of the community. Having worked in the fields of HIV, social work, education, and youth development in locations ranging from Seattle to Detroit and Namibia to Niger, Brian brings a global and interdisciplinary perspective to HANC. Brian directs the Legacy Project, focusing on the inclusion of underrepresented communities in clinical trials. They also directly support the leadership of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the leadership of the DAIDS-funded HIV clinical trials networks. Outside of HANC, Brian can be found in Seattle’s LGBTQ+ enclaves, where they also teach at a local dance studio.

Liesl Nydegger, PhD, MPH, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, earned her PhD (2015) in health promotion sciences with a concentration in global health and MPH (2011) in health promotion, education, and evaluation from the School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Nydegger was awarded a 2-year Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Nydegger was also awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in 2012-2013 at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.