WRI Virtual 2021 - HIV, Women, and Policy in the New Administration

Submitted on Jun 22, 2021


The Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI), a program of The Well Project, conducted WRI Virtual 2021: HIV, Women, and Policy in the New Administration on April 6, 2021.

The WRI Virtual 2021 featured a panel of federal experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), who each provided updates on the agencies efforts and plans around women and HIV. It also featured a panel of policy experts working in advocacy representing the Guttmacher Institute, SisterLove, and PWN-USA, who described what they’re watching for and their advocacy efforts under the new administration.

The meeting included important breakout discussions that addressed what WRI members can do to ensure that women in the US (particularly Black women and other women of color) are appropriately and adequately addressed in the federal HIV research and policy agenda, and how WRI members can support women leaders (especially women living with HIV, Black women, and other women of color).


The meeting delved deeply into the context of the current policy environment, including strengthening racial justice movements, the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, and the new administration’s efforts and commitments in the health, equity, and reproductive rights spaces. Attendees noted that the current environment provides opportunities to fundamentally shift the landscape around women’s health and HIV and forge new pathways toward meaningful progress. As with all WRI meetings, WRI Virtual 2021 also focused on identifying actions that individual WRI members can take to address research and policy gaps related to women and HIV through multidisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration. To learn more, please see the WRI Virtual 2021 Issue Brief: Women and HIV in the Current US Climate: Opportunities and Challenges in Policy and Research.


WRI logo and Zoom squares of WRI Virtual 2021 attendees.

2021 Virtual WRI Meeting Participants

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH*
UNC School of Medicine
Judith D. Auerbach, PhD*
University of California San Francisco
Dawn Averitt*
The Well Project
Heather Boonstra
Guttmacher Institute
Gina Brown, RSW
Southern AIDS Coalition
Gina Brown, MD
Gilead Sciences
Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, PhD
NIH Office of AIDS Research
Vignetta Charles, PhD
Cecilia Chung
Transgender Law Center
Jenna Conley*
The Well Project
Elizabeth Connick, MD
University of Arizona
Ciarra Covin
The Well Project
Porchia Dees
Black AIDS Institute
Antigone Dempsey, MEd
Dazon Dixon Diallo, DHL, MPH
SisterLove, Inc.
Karine Dube, DrPh
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Olivia Ford
The Well Project
Karen Hoover, MD, MPH
Rowena Johnston, PhD
Jennifer Kates, PhD*
Kaiser Family Foundation
Naina Khanna
Positive Women's Network
Amelia Korangy
ViiV Healthcare
Aryah Lester
Transgender Strategy Center
Edward Machtinger, MD
UCSF Women's HIV Program
Krista Martel*
The Well Project
Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH
University of North Carolina
Linda H. Scruggs, MHS*
Kathleen Squires, MD
Merck Research Labs
Vani Vannappagari, PhD, MPH, MBBS
ViiV Healthcare
Fulvia Veronese, PhD*
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, PhD
University of Michigan
Andrea Weddle, MSW
HIV Medicine Association
Marcus Wilson
Johnson & Johnson
Charles Wira, PhD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Carmen Zorilla, MD
UPR School of Medicine

*2021 Advisory Board Member

The virtual WRI 2021 convening received sponsorship support or grants from Gilead, Janssen, Merck, and ViiV Healthcare.



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