The Reunion Project- Chicago/ Long-term Survivors Sharing Wisdom and Shaping Legacies

May 17, 2024

May 17-18, 2024
Chicago, Illinois

Morning Sessions, Long-term Survivors Sharing Wisdom and Shaping Legacies

  • Organizational and Host Committee Introductions
  • Grounding Exercise by Pilar Audain

  • Keynote address by Adrian Shanker, seasoned LGBTQI+ policy leader with specialized expertise in LGBTQI+ health policy, data equity, and access to care strategies. Adrian has worked at the municipal, state, and federal levels to advance policy for LGBTQI+ equity. Adrian was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate to serve as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the state’s civil rights enforcement agency where he served from 2018-2022. He also served the Wolf Administration as Commissioner and Health Committee Co-chair on the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQI+ Affairs. In the Biden-Harris Administration, he was appointed as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and then was asked to join the administration in a full-time capacity as Senior Advisor on LGBTQI+ Health Equity for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he leads the LGBTQI+ policy portfolio for HHS and serves as a subject matter expert to ADM Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health.

  • A presentation on HIV and Aging entitled “Disparities, Dis-Ease, & Disease) by Dr. Maya Green, a dedicated Chicagoan with over 15 years of experience in public health equity and medical service delivery, is passionately committed to fostering equitable healthcare for underserved communities. Her journey, rooted in lived experiences growing up in Chicago, relying on public assistance and navigating complex systems to access healthcare, fuels her sense of purpose. While teaching on the Southside as a young adult, Maya recognized that her students grappled with the same health disparities she experienced as a child. Determined to be part of the solution for her community, she obtained an MD/MPH dual degree with a focus on Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a specialty fellowship in HIV medicine at Rush University Medical Center. Her expertise in developing and implementing strategies that address crucial disparities has allowed her to serve in city-wide COVID equity strategies and National initiatives regarding HIV prevention policy and treatment guidelines. As a Founder and Chief Health Officer of Onyx Medical Wellness PLLC, Dr. Green dedicates her efforts to providing healthcare services tailored to Black communities, encapsulated in the motto: “Our Health. Reimagined. Re-engaged. Redefined.” Green serves on the American Medical Association’s National LGBTQ Advisory Committee and as a Board Member of Taskforce Prevention & Community Services, Life Is Work, and the 5:30 Scholars Program, all organizations supporting the Black community on Chicago’s South and West sides.

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