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Politics and Realities of Global & Local AIDS: A Town Hall Meeting

The UCLA Program in Global Health, AIDS Project Los Angeles, National Physicians Alliance, and Health Action AIDS Campaign of Physicians for Human Rights invite the public to attend a town hall meeting with Congressman Howard Berman, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye from Uganda, and Dr. Gail Wyatt of the AIDS Institute.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Tamkin Auditorium, B Level
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Politics and Realities of Global & Local AIDS:  A Town Hall Meeting 


  • The Honorable Congressman Howard Berman, U.S. Representative for the 28th district of California; Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • The Honorable Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Member of Parliament, Chair of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Related Matters of Uganda
  • Gail Wyatt, PhD., Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Moderated by:

  • Tom Coates, PhD., Associate Director UCLA AIDS  Institute; Director of the UCLA Program in Global Health; Advisor to PHR’s Health Action AIDS campaign
  • Craig  E. Thompson, Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles

Action Fair 1:30 - 2:30 PM:

An action fair will follow the event for audience members to take action, learn about local and national organizations, explore partnerships, and network with community members.  Representatives from the sponsoring organizations will have displays and information available.

Join elected officials from the US and Uganda, HIV/AIDS experts, health professionals and community leaders for a discussion on the politics and realities of global & local AIDS.  Structural inequalities and human rights violations leave marginalized groups at higher risk of infection and limit their access to services.  Education, advocacy, political will, and a renewed commitment to human rights must become a priority in order to address the epidemic of inequality and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS.

About the Speakers:
Congressman Howard Berman
, a former VISTA volunteer and labor relations lawyer, was elected in 1973 to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1982, when he was elected to the United States Congress as the representative for California's 28th District. Representative Berman is the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. He has gained increasing influence on such issues as foreign aid, the Middle East peace process, nonproliferation, antiterrorism, human rights, technology policy, trade legislation, copyright legislation, and immigration reform. Mr. Berman is particularly well-known for his ability to form bipartisan coalitions. 

Elioda Tumwesigye, MD, is the Chair of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and Related Matters in the Parliament of Uganda and an outspoken advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS and Uganda's response to the AIDS epidemic.  Dr. Tumwesigye is a medical doctor, epidemiologist, and Member of Parliament, who as the chair of the HIV/AIDS Committee is responsible for coordinating the country's response to the epidemic, developing HIV/AIDS policies, and monitoring and evaluating activities of national and local government and other bodies aimed at combating HIV/AIDS. Dr. Tumwesigye received his medical degree from Makerere University in Kampala, and his MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gail Wyatt, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She was an NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. Her research examines the consensual and abusive sexual relationships of women and men, the effects of these experiences on their psychological well-being, and the cultural context of risks for sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV. As Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, Dr. Wyatt coordinates a core of behavioral scientists who incorporate socio-cultural factors into HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific accomplishments, mentoring, and teaching.

About the Moderators:

Tom Coates, PhD, is the Director of UCLA Program in Global Health and Director of UCLA AIDS Institute and an advisor for the Health Action AIDS Campaign. His areas of emphasis and expertise are HIV prevention, the relationship between prevention and treatment for HIV, the relationship between biological and social/behavioral prevention strategies, and HIV policies.
Craig E. Thompson is Executive Director of AIDS Project Los Angeles. As the leader of one of the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States, he oversees all APLA operations, including health education and HIV prevention, government affairs, client and community services, fund development, finance and communications.

Parking validation for Lot 9 available upon request.  Directions available from the Ronald Reagan Center website at


Lunch will be served. RSVP encouraged to 818-620-3171 or visit (need to order enough food).

Cost : Free and open to the public; Parking validation for Lot 9 available upon request. See text of email for more info.

UCLA Program in Global Health or Physicians for Human Rights

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Organized by Physicians for Human Rights, UCLA Program in Global Health and AIDS Project Los Angeles and cosponsored by AID for AIDS, AIDS Service Center, AMSA Global Health Action Committee, Artists for a New South Africa, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Bienestar, Childrens Hospital of L.A., City of L.A. AIDS Coordinators Office, Common Ground Westside, DemDocs, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, International Medical Corps, L.A. County Department of Public Health-Office of AIDS Programs and Policy, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, L.A. Health Action, National Physicians Alliance, Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at USC, Physicians for Social Responsibility- L.A., Saban Free Clinic, Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers, St. John's Well Child and Family Center, The Center for Health Justice, USC Africa Dream Project, USC Global Health Review, USC Maternal Child and Adolescent Center for Infectious Diseases and Virology, USC UNICEF, UCLA AIDS Institute, UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA FACE AIDS, UCLA Globe Med, UCLA UNICEF, Venice Family Clinic, Women At Risk.

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