School of Public Health IUB

Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture: Sandy Thurman of Emory University

Join us as Ryan White’s mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, presents Sandra Thurman with the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. Following the award ceremony, Thurman will give a talk. The award, lecture, and dinner will take place in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, followed by a reception at the University Club.

Registration is required:

Information regarding her talk can be found below.


Abstract:  While there has been great progress in the fight against AIDS in the last 35 years, there are still challenges that must be overcome, including the stigma and discrimination faced by Ryan White in the earliest days of the epidemic. While the AIDS response has been unprecedented, the virus itself continues to do the societies what it does to the human body….. it finds the weakest points and attacks there. If we are to be successful in containing the epidemic, we’ve learned that we can’t just fix the health problems; we have to diagnose and treat the underlying cofactors that exacerbate the spread of the disease: racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, and lack of access to education…just to name a few.

The good news is that we know that this can be done. We have born witness to the change of hearts and minds with respect to people living with HIV and those most at risk of infection as the epidemic unfolded in the Indiana and around the country. But, the same nagging barriers continue to hamper our efforts to stem the spread of HIV infection in the US, particularly in the South, and around the globe. So, success will require an even more robust interdisciplinary approach to public health and public policy as we go forward. 

Wednesday December 06, 2017 06:00 PM
Wednesday December 06, 2017 09:30 PM
Tudor Room/University Club for Reception
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