I am a native and resident of Georgia and live in Avondale Estates. I am a person in long term recovery related to HIV/AIDS (2005), Substance Use Disorder, and Mental Health (2015). I hold an AS in Healthcare from Georgia State University (GSU) Perimeter College (2018). Currently I am a BSW student in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at GSU. I am a past CAB member and co-chair for Positive Impact Health Center’s HIV Prevention program. I have also volunteered as a companion and support for individuals and families at the end-of-life in hospice care for about six years. I work part-time as a Male Urogenital Teaching Associate (MUTA), guiding nursing and medical students in the sensitive physical exam portion of the Male Wellness Examination. I am often an advocate in many social service and medical settings. I am highly passionate about quality research, which helps inform better clinical practice, treatment options, and positive outcomes. As an ANCHOR CAB member for the Atlanta site, I hope to be “a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder” (Barks-Rumi) to help bridge gaps in health disparities for underserved and historically marginalized populations while increasing trust between individuals and communities and research medical institutions.
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the ANCHOR study team has advised local site staff to contact ANCHOR participants who are scheduled to be seen in the next 4 weeks about whether they should come in for their appointment. If you do not hear from your site’s study staff, please reach out to them. If you are waiting to be screened for the ANCHOR study, please be patient- we WILL see you as soon as we possibly can, once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please contact your local ANCHOR site if you have any questions or concerns.