WRI 2024 Participants

The following extraordinary individuals participated in the Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI) 2024 meeting. More information about this year's meeting will be forthcoming and in the meantime we encourage you to visit WRI Annual Meetings to learn about past meetings.


Krista Heitzman Martel joined The Well Project in 2009 and has overseen the expansion of The Well Project's online resources including the web portal, social media initiatives, the A Girl Like Me blog, and its mobile application.

Marnina Miller is a highly accomplished Human Rights Activist and Social Media Influencer with a profound commitment to fostering positive change in society.

S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal (she/her) is the Executive Director of CHLP, an abolitionist legal and policy organization that operates within and around the criminal legal and public health systems at the state and federal level to craft just policies that amplify the power of mobilizations for systemic change that are guided by racial, gender, and economic justice.

Bridgette Picou is a passionate advocate for people living with HIV. At the intersections of being a Black woman, a woman aging with HIV, and a healthcare provider, her advocacy goal is to amplify the voices of women and people living with HIV in such a way that they feel seen and heard.

Tonia Poteat is a professor in the Duke University School of Nursing and co-director of the Duke SGM Wellness Program.

Catalina Ramirez serves as Research Director for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laramie R. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

Rochelle Walensky served as the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and founding director of the school's Center for Racial Justice.

Helen Zimba is a Dallas based, international HIV and reproductive justice leader.


Members of The Well Project community at USCHA 2022.

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