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South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference


JULY 18-19, 2015

Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel

1825 Griffin Road • Dania, Florida 33004

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About the Conference

The Men’s Health and Wellness Conference
The Men’s Health and Wellness conference is a collaboration of 5 Florida Department of Health Counties and more than 7 community partners. The Conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 2015 at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel. The Conference is designed to address fundamental health education needs of men living in south Florida who would not normally have an opportunity to attend such an event. However, healthcare and public health professionals are welcome to attend. The Conference Tracks are: Mental Health, Physical Health, Sexual Health and Gateways to Healthcare (ACA, Medicaid, Medicare, and other healthcare options).

2015 South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference Scholarship

The 2015 South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference (MHWC) will be held in Broward County (MHWC), at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel.
2015 South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference
The MHWC conference has no registration fee and is open to all residents of south Florida who are 18 years of age and older.If selected for the 2015 South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference Scholarship you will receive: (Only 50 applicants will be selected)

  • Hotel Accommodations (double room occupancy) 3 PM Friday arrival and Sunday morning 12 noon check out.
  • Meals are included for length of conference.
  • Assistance with transportation. (including a bus ticket or mileage reimbursement)

Applications for the 2015 South Florida Men’s Health & Wellness Conference Scholarship are no longer available.

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Conference Schedule

*Conference scheduled times, speakers & topics are subject to change.

Day 1 July 18th
  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM - Registration, Check In,
    Continental Breakfast

  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM - Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 - 9:03 AM - Opening Remarks

    Jon March,
    Broward House

  • 9:00 - 9:15 AM - Opening Remarks

    Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director, DOH-BC

  • 9:03 - 9:05 AM - Introduction of Speaker

    Robert Shore, PharmD
    The Pride Center

  • 9:15 - 9:45 AM - Motivational Speaker

    Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II
    Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
    Nashville, TN

  • 9:10 - 9:40 AM - Motivational Speaker

    Jason King,
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • 9:45 -10:50 AM - Access to Health
    Care Support

    David Rogers,
    FL Agency for Agency for
    Healthcare Administration

    Cliff Eserman, HIA
    President, Incompas Insurance,
    Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expert

  • 10:50 - 11:00 AM - Break

  • 10:30 - 11:10 AM - Mental Health

    Richard Mayora, LCSW, CAP

  • 9:45 - 10:30 AM - Hepatitis

    Ms. Carmen Gali, ARNP-BC, MSN,
    Gilead Sciences

  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM - Testosterone, Hormones and Erectile Dysfunction

    Lawrence A. Siegel, MA, AASECT,
    Sexuality Educator and Consultant

  • 11:10 - 11:15 AM - Break

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM - Diabetes

    Lisa Tumscritz, RN,
    Broward Health Medical Center

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Smoking Prevention and Cessation

    Kiesha Edge,
    Smoking Prevention Program,
    DOH-Broward County

  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM - Nutrition and
    Physical Health

    Erik Bustillo, RD, CISSN, CPT

  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch

    • Exhibit Hall is open

  • 11:45 - 12:15 PM - Cancer

    Elie Schockett, M.D.,
    Holy Cross Hospital

  • 12:15 - 1:15 PM - Lunch

    • Exhibit Hall is open

  • 1:45 - 2:45 PM - Breakout Sessions I, II
    & III*

    BREAKOUT SESSION I
    • Confronting HIV

    Listron Mannix, PhD,
    The Pride Center


    • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) 101
    Juan Oves, MPH, CHES,
    Latinos Salud


    BREAKOUT SESSION II
    • Heart Disease

    Stephanie Jazayri, BS, P.A.,
    Practical Management Inc.


    BREAKOUT SESSION III
    • Domestic Violence

    Ron Christopher Osborne-Williams, MSEd, MS

    *Breakout Sessions are facilitated
    interactive discussions.

  • 2:45 - 3:45 PM - HIV Prevention: Biomedical Advances PrEP and nPEP

    Dr. Jose Castro, M.D.
    University of Miami, Hospital

  • 1:15 - 2:15 PM - Breakout Sessions I, II
    & III*

    BREAKOUT SESSION I
    • Confronting HIV and STI (Spanish only)

    Juan Oves, MPH,
    Latino Salud


    BREAKOUT SESSION II
    • Biogenics

    Dr. Ferdinand Cabrera, MD

    BREAKOUT SESSION III
    • Nutrition and Weight Control

    Rachael Richardson, RDN, LDN

    *Breakout Sessions are facilitated
    interactive discussions.

  • 3:45 - 4:00 PM - Closing Remarks

  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM - Synthetic Drugs

    Sergeant Ozzy Tianga,
    Broward County Sheriff's Office

  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM - Substance Abuse

    • Treatment and Therapies
    Doug Nelson

    • Substance Abuse Programs
    Paul Faulk

Day 2 July 19th
  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM - Registration, Check In,
    Continental Breakfast

  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM - Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 - 9:03 AM - Opening Remarks

    Jon March,
    Broward House

  • 9:00 - 9:15 AM - Opening Remarks

    Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director, DOH-BC

  • 9:03 - 9:05 AM - Introduction of Speaker

    Robert Shore, PharmD
    The Pride Center

  • 9:15 - 9:45 AM - Motivational Speaker

    Rev. Edwin C. Sanders, II
    Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
    Nashville, TN

  • 9:10 - 9:40 AM - Motivational Speaker

    Jason King,
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • 9:45 -10:50 AM - Access to Health
    Care Support

    David Rogers,
    FL Agency for Agency for
    Healthcare Administration

    Cliff Eserman, HIA
    President, Incompas Insurance,
    Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expert

  • 10:50 - 11:00 AM - Break

  • 10:30 - 11:10 AM - Mental Health

    Richard Mayora, LCSW, CAP

  • 9:45 - 10:30 AM - Hepatitis

    Ms. Carmen Gali, ARNP-BC, MSN,
    Gilead Sciences

  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM - Testosterone, Hormones and Erectile Dysfunction

    Lawrence A. Siegel, MA, AASECT,
    Sexuality Educator and Consultant

  • 11:10 - 11:15 AM - Break

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM - Diabetes

    Lisa Tumscritz, RN,
    Broward Health Medical Center

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Smoking Prevention and Cessation

    Kiesha Edge,
    Smoking Prevention Program,
    DOH-Broward County

  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM - Nutrition and
    Physical Health

    Erik Bustillo, RD, CISSN, CPT

  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch

    • Exhibit Hall is open

  • 11:45 - 12:15 PM - Cancer

    Elie Schockett, M.D.,
    Holy Cross Hospital

  • 12:15 - 1:15 PM - Lunch

    • Exhibit Hall is open

  • 1:45 - 2:45 PM - Breakout Sessions I, II
    & III*

    BREAKOUT SESSION I
    • Confronting HIV

    Listron Mannix, PhD,
    The Pride Center


    • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) 101
    Juan Oves, MPH, CHES,
    Latinos Salud


    BREAKOUT SESSION II
    • Heart Disease

    Stephanie Jazayri, BS, P.A.,
    Practical Management Inc.


    BREAKOUT SESSION III
    • Domestic Violence

    Ron Christopher Osborne-Williams, MSEd, MS

    *Breakout Sessions are facilitated
    interactive discussions.

  • 2:45 - 3:45 PM - HIV Prevention: Biomedical Advances PrEP and nPEP

    Dr. Jose Castro, M.D.
    University of Miami, Hospital

  • 1:15 - 2:15 PM - Breakout Sessions I, II
    & III*

    BREAKOUT SESSION I
    • Confronting HIV and STI (Spanish only)

    Juan Oves, MPH,
    Latino Salud


    BREAKOUT SESSION II
    • Biogenics

    Dr. Ferdinand Cabrera, MD

    BREAKOUT SESSION III
    • Nutrition and Weight Control

    Rachael Richardson, RDN, LDN

    *Breakout Sessions are facilitated
    interactive discussions.

  • 3:45 - 4:00 PM - Closing Remarks

  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM - Synthetic Drugs

    Sergeant Ozzy Tianga,
    Broward County Sheriff's Office

  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM - Substance Abuse

    • Treatment and Therapies
    Doug Nelson

    • Substance Abuse Programs
    Paul Faulk

Vendor Hall for Attendees

  • AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation)
  • BRHPC (Broward Regional Health Planning Council)
  • Care Resource
  • Cohen Chiropratic and Wellness
  • Eplipsy Foundation
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Fort Lauderdale Hospital
  • Hemp Gen X
  • Innate Health Care
  • Latino Salud
  • Mr. Friendly
  • Nova Southeastern University Tobacco Cessation Program
  • Poverello Center
  • Salt This Way
  • The Pride Center
  • Walgreens
  • World AIDS Museum
  • YMCA
  • SunServe

Health Department Partners

  • Robert M. Bobo - HIV/AIDS/STI Program Manager
    Florida Department of Health, in Hendry and DeSoto Counties
    1140 Pratt Blvd., Labelle, FL 33935
    Voice: 863-674-4056
    Fax 863-674-4076
    Robert.Bobo@flhealth.gov
  • Alex Barros - Government Operations Consultant II
    Statewide MSM Coordinator

    Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County
    2515 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33135
    Voice: 786-618-4355
    Geralbert.Barros@flhealth.gov
  • Richardo A. Jackson - Minority Programs Coordinator
    Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County
    1050 West 15th St., Suite 18
    Riviera Beach, FL 33404
    Voice: 561-804-7945• Mobile: 561-345-4963
    www.pbchd.com
  • Christopher H. Bates, MPA - Director,
    Men’s Health, Wellness and Prevention Program

    Florida Department of Health in Broward County
    780 SW 24 St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
    Voice: (954) 467-4700 Ext. 5707 • Fax: (954A) 762-3647
    Christopher.bates@flhealth.gov
  • Clayton Lopez - Human Services Program Specialist
    Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
    110 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040
    Voice: (305) 809-5665 • Fax: (305) 809-5629
    Clayton.Lopez@flhealth.gov
  • Antonio Ellison - Conference Planning Committee Member
  • Jim Gigliello - Conference Planning Committee Member
  • Jason T. Thomas - Conference Planning Committee Member

    Interesting and Engaging Speakers

    The Conference Faculty will be comprised of local Healthcare Providers, Researchers & Academia.

    Speaker
    FOCUS AREAS
    High resolution anoscopy, HIV-related anal disease and minimally invasive surgery

    CERTIFICATIONS
    American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
    American Board of Surgery

    RESIDENCY
    Residency, Colorectal Surgery - Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, FL (2008-2009)
    Chief Resident, General Surgery - Lehigh Valley Hospital - Allentown, PA (2007-2008)
    Residency, General Surgery - Lehigh Valley Hospital - Allentown, PA (2003-2008)

    HIGHER EDUCATION
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - M.D. - East Lansing, MI (2003)
    David Shapell College of Jewish Studies - Graduate Studies - Jerusalem, Israel (1998-1999)
    Brandeis University - B.A. - Waltham, MA (1997)

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
    Fellow, American College of Surgeons
    American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
    American College of Surgeons
    Fort Lauderdale Surgical Society
    Southeastern Surgical Society
    Northeast Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
    Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
    American Society of Clinical Oncology

    AWARDS
    Stahler-Rex Award for Outstanding Research in Surgery, Lehigh Valley Hospital (2005)
    Bosanac Research and Publication Award, Lehigh Valley Hospital (2005)
    Runner-up, Overall Poster, Michigan State University CHM Flint Area Research Day (2004)
    Best Overall Oral Presentation, Michigan State University CHM Flint Area Research Day (2004)
    Best Surgery Poster, Michigan State University CHM Flint Area Research Day (2004)
    Best Surgery Poster, Michigan State University CHM Flint Area Research Day (2003)
    Kotaiah & Ruckaminamma Kareti Surgery Endowed Scholarship (2003)
    Michigan State University CHM Surgical Alumni Endowed Scholarship (2002)
    Clinical Honors in Surgery, OB/GYN, Psychiatry and Family Practice Clerkships (2002-2003)
    Wilbur Wright Oncology Research Scholarship (2000-2001)
    Sigma Alpha Mu Samuel Miller Award for original scientific research (1997, 2002)
    Jerusalem Fellowship for Study in Israel (1998)
    American Heart Association Student Research Fellowship (1997)
    Cum Laude, Brandeis University (1997)
    Dean's List, three semesters, Brandeis University (1997)
    Sigma Alpha Mu, Brandeis University (1993)
    Elie Schochet

    MD, FACS

    Speaker
    Juan C. Oves Jr., MPH, CHES is currently the Youth & Transgender Coordinator for Latinos Salud, a community-based organization in South Florida that provides free HIV rapid testing, STD testing, life coaching, youth programs and other resources to the LGBT community in both Miami-Dade and Broward county. His public health experience includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities including the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and cultural competency in the healthcare setting.
    Juan C. Oves Jr.

    MPH, CHES

    Speaker
    Dr. Listron Mannix starting working in public health since 1996, he was the co-creator of the first model for a Peer Health Education program on the Caribbean island of Antigua and volunteered as the Head Peer Health Educator. He addressed subject matters such as HIV/AIDS, sexual health and self-esteem with youth ages 10-18 and providers. After leaving the island to further his education; in 2006 he secured a position working part-time at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC), in Fort Lauderdale, (now known as The Pride Center at Equality Park) as a Youth Testing Counselor and in 2008 worked full-time at Broward House in Wilton Manors as a Program Specialist focused on educating and testing young men ages 18-30.

    Dr. Mannix also volunteered for 3 months in London, England to provide assistance to redevelop a HIV testing initiative, education and prevention program catering to men of colour. He is currently the HIV Testing Manager at The Pride Center. His higher education consists of earning a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. As he continues his journey, his goal is to work internationally in program management and capacity building in HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), safer sex practices and promoting sexual self-awareness in HIV testing counselors and patient providers.
    Listron Mannix

    Ph.D.

    Speaker
    Jason King, a transplant from Los Angeles, California, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his partner. He started working for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in 2010 in the organization's pharmacy division where he discovered his passion for patient advocacy.

    King now serves as Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager in AHF's Southern Bureau, where he leads local and nationwide advocacy efforts and maintains relations with state and federal officials. King has been HIV positive for 6 years and aims to have an active role in reducing stigma that revolves around HIV/AIDS especially in the gay community. As a former beneficiary of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, King seeks to preserve the program as he joins others in protecting and expanding its capacity to provide lifesaving therapy to those in need. In his free time, King is a runner, a Pride Center volunteer and a classical pianist.
    Jason King

    Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager for AHF

    Speaker
    Cliff’s 19 years of expertise in health and financial insurances allows him to uniquely evaluate and resolve the issues that pertain to the goals of the individual or small business owner. Cliff has been noted in national publications for his consumer advocacy, on local television news as residential expert on the ACA, and quoted in business magazines such as the South Florida Business Journal.

    With a 4-year degree in Finance from University of Louisiana – Monroe, Cliff has been licensed since1996. He has a proven ability to turn most seemingly adverse situations into a “win-win” for multiple players in most scenarios. He is currently licensed in Florida and Louisiana.
    Cliff Eserman

    HIA

    Speaker
    Rachael Richardson is a Licensed Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian practicing in the U.S. Healthcare system since 2002. In 2007 she founded and later trademarked Nutrolution,(Nutrolution.com) to educate, empower and provide practical solutions for people with health concerns, such as weight issues, diabetes, heart disease, digestive issues, energy and mood imbalances, etc. She also helps ultra runners and athletes with training programs, to-be-moms with ensuring a healthy pregnancy, and people in addiction recovery with nutrition programs to support the rebalancing of brain chemistry.

    Beside individual programming, Rachael provide business to business offers including Workforce Wellness, Nutrition Fact labels for new food items, menu analysis and consulting for restaurants, and education to kids, other health care professionals, and the public.

    Rachael is active in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. She sits on the board of the Broward Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics currently, and has also served on the board of the Miami Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Previous employment includes serving as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, serving as the Campus Nutritionist at the University of Miami, working with kids at Miami Beach Pediatrics Center for Integrative Medicine and teaching cooking classes at Common Threads, nutritionist at Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, and director of nutrition at the YMCA.
    Rachael Richardson

    RDN, LDN

    Speaker
    Division Director
    Broward Addiction Recovery Center

    November 2009 – Present (5 years 9 months)Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward County
    • Oversee the operations of a coordinated network of substance abuse sites that offer direct services such as 34- bed Medically Supervised Detoxification Unit, 92-bed Inpatient Residential Program, Non-Residential Day Treatment, Outpatient Services, and Supportive Housing.
    • Administer contracts between Broward County and public, private not-for-profit and for-profit organizations for the provision of Division services. This includes the development of requests for proposals, participation in proposal review, contract development and negotiation, and facilitation of the required agenda process.
    • Represent the Division at meetings with various civic and county organizations, and when necessary, appear before public officials regarding projects and functions of the Division.
    • Conduct bi-weekly and quarterly meetings with management and staff to discuss operational and fiscal developments.
    • Improve coordination and communication of services between the Division and Criminal Justice System.
    • Manage and improve all fiscal matters related to the operation of the Division which includes fiscal budget reviews and development.
    Paul Faulk, Jr.

    Div. Director at Broward Addiction Recovery Ctr.

    Speaker
    Erik Bustillo is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association – NSCA. Highly experienced in clinical research studies and with an extensive knowledge in medical nutrition therapy, Erik is actively involved with top organizations in the fields of Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition. He specializes in sports nutrition and supplementation and excels in performance science. Erik's practical approach puts exercise and nutritional science into easy to follow steps for action. Erik is affiliated with several organizations such as, International Society of Sports Nutrition, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Florida International University of Student Dietetic Association. Erik is now serving as Dietetic counselor and Exercise Physiologist with EliteFitForever and in addition, counsels patients on improving their wellness goals.
    Erik Bustillo

    Sports Nutritionist/Certified Personal Trainer

    Speaker
    Doug Nelson has been licensed in counseling for more than two decades and currently operates Fort Lauderdale Couples, Family and Individual Therapy, LLC delivering clinical services and management consultations. He also facilitates a weekly group for gay men that have stopped using crystal meth.

    Doug has facilitated numerous groups throughout his career which began with intensive outpatient substance abuse services at various treatment programs in Northern Virginia. His work has also included facilitating coming out groups for gay and bi men as well as a group for gay male survivors of childhood trauma. Doug specializes in crisis response and was one of the first non-military personnel providing trauma response services at the Pentagon following the 9/11 attack. Currently, Doug also serves on the Executive Committee for the No More Meth organization under the auspices of Sun Serve.
    Doug Nelson

    LMHC

    Speaker
    CURRENT ACADEMIC RANK
    Associate Professor of Medicine

    2010- Present (Clinical Educator Tract).

    HIGHER EDUCATION Institutional
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Fellowship Infectious Diseases 7/97 – 6/99
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Fellowship Comprehensive AIDS program 7/96 – 6/97
    • Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Internal Medicine 6/93 – 6/96
    • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú, Medical Doctor. 4/80 – 3/88
    Non-Institutional:
    • Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of the New York University and National Hispanic Medical Association: leadership Fellowship Program. 9/03 - 6/04
    CERTIFICATIONS
    • Infectious Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine 1999 – 2009
    • Recertification, Infectious Diseases 2009 - 2019
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 1996
    • BLS 1993 - present
    • ECFMG 1993
    LICENSES
    • State of Florida 1997- Present
    • DEA 1997 - Present
    EXPERIENCE Academic:
    • Medical Director (Interim) Jackson Health System 2014 – Present
    • Department of Infection Prevention and Control.
    • State of Florida, AIDS Drug Assistant Program Advisory Workgroup Physician Member 2014 - Present
    • Reviewer, Miami CTSI Mentored Translational Research Awards 2013 - Present
    • Member, Scientific review Committee NIH STI CTG Network 2013 - Present
    • Faculty, Florida/Caribbean AIDS Educational and Training Center 2013 – Present
    • Member, University of Miami Institutional Review Board 2012 - Present
    • DHHS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Review Panel 2011 - Present
    • Member of the Hispanic Grant Program Panel Review
    • Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS Partnership, Medical Care Subcommittee Physician Member 8/11 - Present
    • DHHS Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant Review Panel member 2012
    • Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) reviewer for applications to the Summer Training Programs 2012
    • Full Member, University of Miami Center for AIDS Research 6/08 - Present
    • Investigator, University of Miami Center of Excellence for Hispanic
    • Health Disparities Research, School of Nursing. 6/07 - Present
    • Medical Director, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinics, Miami-Dade County Health Department. 12/04 – 12/13
    • Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious 6/10- Present
    • Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 6/01- 5/10
    • Investigator. Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group (AACTG), NIAID, NIH 4/00 – 6/05
    • Instructor, University of Miami School of Medicine 4/00 – 5/01
    • Lecturer, Faculty of Alcides Carrion National University Nursing School, Tarma, Peru. 7/88 – 6/89
    • Instructor, Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. 7/88 – 6/89
    Hospital Appointments:
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Attending Physician 4/00 - Present
    • University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, Attending Physician 4/00 - Present
    • University of Miami Hospital, Attending Physician 7/07 - Present
    Non-Academic:
    • Bio Terrorism Medical Consultant 2014 – Present
    • Florida Department of Health Bureau of Laboratory, Miami. Consultant, HIV specialist, Department of Corrections, Central Florida. 4/00 – 6/04
    • Infectious Diseases Consultant, private practice 7/99 – 3/00
    • Emergency Medicine Physician, Maison de Sante Hospital. Lima- Peru 7/89 – 6/93
    Jose Guillermo Castro

    M.D.

    Speaker
    Dr. Ferdinand Cabrera is the founder and president of Genesis Health Institute which specializes in Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. His true passion of biochemistry and physiology led him to discover Functional and Regenerative (preventive) Medicine. This launched Dr. Cabrera to achieving his goal of establishing the Genesis Health Institute.

    Dr. Cabrera received his medical degree, with Honors, from Cetec University in the Dominican Republic. In 1992 he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the V.A. Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Cabrera is part of a select group of physicians that has completed a fellowship in Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Cabrera is an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Cabrera is a premiere certified SottoPelle® physician and currently holds a certification in both exercise and physical fitness.

    Currently he is pursuing his Masters Degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Cabrera studies Science of Mind, Metaphysics and Meditation and incorporates their common thread of establishing a strong Mind, Body and Spirit as important to total health.

    Dr. Ferdinand Cabrera

    M.D.

    Speaker
    The Reverend Edwin C. Sanders, II, is the Senior Servant and Founder of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tennessee. This congregation has attracted a broad cross-section of people with the mission of being “inclusive of all and alienating to none.” Metropolitan has outreach ministries in the areas of substance abuse, advocacy for children, sexual violence, and harm reduction, in addition to providing services to persons infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS through the First Response Center, founded by Rev. Sanders in 1992.

    Rev. Sanders is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology in 1969. He specialized in Cultural Anthropology, and his thesis was entitled, “The Black Church as a Revolutionary Institution.” Rev. Sanders’ professional life also began at Wesleyan, as Co-Director of the African American Institute; he is a former member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees; in 2014 he received the Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has done graduate study at Yale University Divinity School and as a special student at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Africa was afforded Rev. Sanders as one of the first fellows of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

    For eighteen years, Rev. Sanders served as Pastoral Counselor for the Meharry Medical College Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was responsible for the spiritual component of all programs. This work was primarily built around the conducting of group and individual therapy sessions. Also in Nashville, Rev. Sanders has served as Director of the Southern Prison Ministry, and as the Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University.

    Rev. Sanders holds life membership in the NAACP, and is a member of the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship (former President). He is a former member of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, and has served as a Commissioner for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. He is past Chairperson of the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership, and is still an active member of the consortium. He was appointed to the CDC Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention during the Clinton Administration and served five years on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during the Bush Administration. He also served as co-chair of the National Syphilis Elimination Working Group and is currently involved with the Obama Administration White House Office on AIDS in implementing the National AIDS Strategy. Rev. Sanders was a presenter at the World AIDS Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland; Durban, South Africa; Toronto, Canada; Vienna, Austria and Washington, D.C.; a presenter at the AIDS Vaccine 2011 Conference in Bangkok, Thailand; and speaks regularly at other forums and conferences throughout the United States and around the world. Rev. Sanders serves on the Boards of Directors of the Black AIDS Institute, The AIDS Institute, The National Minority AIDS Council, The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and The Drug Policy Alliance. He is the National Coordinator for Religious Leaders for a More Just and Compassionate Drug Policy, and a former member of the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health at the National Center for Primary Care. More of his current commitments include serving on the Advisory Committee of the Rural Center for HIV/STD Prevention; on the Board of Visitors for the Howard University School of Divinity; as Chair of the HIV Vaccine Trails Network Legacy Project Advisory Group designed to increase the participation of African Americans, Latinos and Asian and Pacific Islanders in HIV vaccine studies; and in 2015 he was appointed to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board. Rev. Sanders has been the recipient of more than 100 honors and awards from religious, political, academic, health care and social service organizations, including more recently the National Newspaper Publishers Association Humanitarian Award and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Also in 2002, Rev. Sanders was a candidate for Governor of the state of Tennessee, finishing third out of a field of fourteen candidates.

    He is married to Atty. Denise Billye Bowers Sanders and has three children: Simunye (Edwin III), Grace Louise, and Joseph Wesley.

    Edwin C. Sanders, II

    Reverend

    Speaker
    David Rogers is a seasoned executive with extensive programmatic, operational, finance and business development experience in government healthcare programs.

    In July of 2012, David joined the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). He currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Operations, functioning as the Medicaid program’s Chief Operations Officer. David is actually returning for his second tour within state government in Florida. From 1996 to 2003, he held several highly responsible professional and managerial positions within the Agency administering various aspects of Florida Medicaid, including Medicaid managed care, long-term care, and behavioral health programs.

    In 2003, David headed West to accept an executive level appointment as part of the Executive Leadership Team for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the state’s umbrella health and human services agency. As State Medicaid Director, he was responsible for administering all aspects of the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

    David’s broad public sector experience is complemented by several business development and consulting leadership roles in the private sector.

    Immediately preceding his return the AHCA, David was a Senior Advisor with Public Consulting Group, a privately held consulting firm offering management advisory services primarily to government clients. There he provided leadership on consulting engagements focused on various aspects of health care reform under the Affordable Care Act.

    David also served as Director of Business Development for MedAssurant (now Inovalon), privately held healthcare technology company that provides advanced analytics and data-driven solutions to Medicare and Medicaid managed care organizations. He also held leadership positions with APS Healthcare, prior to the company’s acquisition by Universal American. There, David served as Vice President of Development and Vice President of Customer Support for the specialty healthcare company focused on public sector health and human services outsourcing to approximately 30 government programs in 25 states and Puerto Rico.

    David Rogers

    Asst. Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Health

    Speaker
    Kiesha Edge is the Tobacco Prevention Program Director for the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

    She began with the Department in 2011 working as the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Coordinator. During her tenure as SWAT Coordinator, she worked with local students to secure municipal resolutions in support of a ban on the sale of candy flavored tobacco products. Additionally, she was essential in the decision of Broward County Public Schools to adopt a comprehensive tobacco free schools policy. Currently, she and her staff work with various community organizations and partners to ensure that Broward County residents are educated on the effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke exposure.
    Kiesha A.L. Edge

    CWWPM

    Speaker
    Richard Mayora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional practicing in Fort Lauderdale.

    He has a long history of LGBT advocacy, including chairing committees at GLAAD and Lesbians and Gay Men at Time Warner and he was a long-term volunteer for GMHC. Locally he has been involved in the Gay Male Empowerment Project, doing many seminars on relationships and self esteem. He has been a guest speaker at the Gay Men’s Health Summit and does many community education lectures for Broward Health where he works in the acute psychiatric unit. Last year he was honored by FAU as Field Instructor of the Year from a field of over 750 candidates. He is the Chairperson of Broward’s National Recovery Month event this September and he has also worked in substance abuse treatment. The mission of Broward Health is to provide quality health care to the people we serve and support the needs of all physicians and employees.
    Richard Mayora

    LCSW, CAP

    Speaker
    HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR

    Paula Thaqi, M.D., M.P.H., became Director of the Broward County Health Department in April 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Thaqi served as Director of the Health Department in Highlands County, Florida. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the team at the Broward County Health Department and community partners in fulfilling our mission to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Broward County, “ said Dr. Thaqi.

    Dr. Thaqi moved to Florida directly from Kosovo, Former Yugoslavia where she worked for 3.5 years with various international organizations in the pre conflict, conflict and post conflict periods. Dr. Thaqi's most recent work in Kosovo was with the United Nations World Health Organization.

    Prior to her international experience, Dr. Thaqi spent 4 years as an attending pediatrician in the pediatric emergency room at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She completed her pediatric residency training at Babies Hospital and has a Masters of Public Health degree from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health in developing countries. Dr. Thaqi completed medical school at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. Dr. Thaqi joined the Children’s Services Council by virtue of her position as Director of the Broward County Health Department.
    Dr. Paula Thaqi

    M.D., M.P.H.

    Speaker
    Carmen Gali, ARNP, is the Clinical Educator for Gilead Sciences.

    Clinical Educator-ARNP
    HealthStar Inc. /Gilead
    March 2014 – Present (1 year 5 months)
    Nurse Practitioner

    Take Care Health Systems
    November 2012 – Present (2 years 9 months)
    Clinic Manager/ Healthcare Clinic at Walgreens

    Nurse Practioner
    Take Care Health Systems
    March 2011 – Present (4 years 5 months)

    ARNP
    Baptist Health South Florida located in Miami, Florida
    2012 – October 2012 (less than a year)

    Nurse Practitioner
    CEG Medical Sevices
    February 2011 – October 2012 (1 year 9 months)Miami Florida
    Carmen Gali

    ARNP

    Speaker
    ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
    Nova Southeastern University
    January 2008 – Present (7 years 7 months)
    classroom teaching in Human Sexuality, Interpersonal Communication, and Psychology

    ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
    Nova Southeastern University
    August 2007 – Present (8 years)Ft. Lauderdale. FL
    Provide undergraduate classroom instruction in Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Interpersonal Communication

    ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
    Kaplan University
    March 2007 – Present (8 years 5 months)
    Teach online classes in Medical Law and Bioethics.

    PRESIDENT/CEO
    Sage Institute for Family Development
    July 2004 – Present (11 years 1 month)
    non-profit education, training, counseling, and consulting. Nationally-recognized educators and trainers, as well as highly skilled psychotherapists, addiction professionals, and coaches are available to work with you. We offer professional training (CEU providers in numerous states), consulting services, program development, and low-cost counseling for individuals, couples, families, and organizations.
    Lawrence Siegel

    Adjunct Professor

    Speaker
    Director, HIV/AIDS Program-Broward County

    Ms. Evelyn Ullah, BSN, MSW, has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Ms. Ullah possess more than twenty-five years of experience in the design and direction of hospital based maternal and child health programs, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiatives and health education curricula.

    Ullah’s additional Public Health experience is developing and administering public education and high risk screening programs for minority populations. Her professional experience includes publishing articles in the areas of chemical dependency and social work. She is also a Board Member of the National Minority AIDS Council and served on the Institute Medicine Liaison Panel for HIV Prevention Strategies in the United States.
    Ms. Evelyn Ullah

    BSN, MSW

    Speaker
    In November 1997, Sergeant Osvaldo “Ozzy” Tianga began his law enforcement career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy guarding maximum custody inmates for the Department of Detention. Two years later, he transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement as a patrol deputy, initially assigned to the South Broward District. Soon afterwards, Deputy Tianga was selected to participate as a detective on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team (SET). For the next ten years, Detective Tianga served in various specialized units including Criminal Investigations, Street Crimes and Major Narcotics.

    In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Pompano Beach District. Sergeant Tianga was tasked with supervising the district’s Major Narcotics Unit, SET and Violence Intervention Protective Enforcement Response (VIPER) Unit.

    Currently, Sergeant Tianga is assigned to the Deerfield Beach district where he supervises the Broward Sheriff’s Office largest Crime Suppression Team (CST). In addition, he serves as the agency’s synthetic drug liaison which necessitates conducting regular community outreach events and providing detailed information to local and national media outlets regarding the synthetic drug trends throughout Broward County.

    Sergeant Osvaldo Tianga is a south Florida native who earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.
    Ozzy Tianga

    Sergeant, Broward County Sheriff's Office

    Speaker
    Ron C. Osborne-Williams is the Education and Prevention manager at Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, with a mission: To stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. He provides education and professional trainings on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community. Also as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (RMFTI), holding professional teaching credentials in Pennsylvania & Florida, delivers therapy and support for victims and their children utilizing a client-centered and strength-based approach.

    He earned bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Specific Learning Disabilities at Bethune-Cookman University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education (Inclusive School Practices) at Temple University, and a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. He also studied Human Sexuality at Widener University and is also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) at Nova Southeastern University. As a Youth Mentor, Educator and Therapist, he is passionate about experiences that afford him the opportunity to help and empower individuals, couples and families. His most valuable experiences was serving three years as a Special Education Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps, where he was responsible for building special education programs for children in need for St. Lucia’s Ministry of Education in the West Indies.
    Ron Christopher Osborne-Williams

    MSEd, MS

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Answers to many of the questions you may have about the Conference.

    There is no registration fee but registration is required to attend. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
    The Scholarship Application will be attached to the Registration Page, with instructions for completing and submitting the application. If approved, the scholarship covers the cost of a hotel room for Friday and Saturday night.
    Breakfast and lunch both days, with evening reception on Saturday evening are included in the registration.
    If you are male and want to learn fundamental facts about a wide array of men’s health issues, and receive up-to-date information on major advances in health sciences that impact men’s health … this is the conference to attend.
    Men who live in South Florida and are at least 18 years of age will benefit from attending this conference.
    Priority registration will be given to men living in South Florida.
    Yes, a registration can be cancelled. Email stephen.bailous@flhealth.gov if you need to cancel your registration.
    The registration deadline has been extended to the day(s) of the conference.
    A low room rate is available for all conference registrants. When you call the hotel to reserve a room, give them your assigned conference registration number.
    Please email stephen.bailous@flhealth.gov if you would like to volunteer.
    The dress for the conference is casual.
    Yes, to get specific information on how to travel to the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel, please click here: Broward County Transit. There are also taxi cab services as well as car services such as Uber transportation services in Broward County. Call the hotel for more information on these and other options.
    Included in registration are a conference guidebook and presentation and speaker schedule, breakfast and lunch each day, access to the exhibitor’s hall, and an invitation to an evening reception.
    The Vendor Hall will be an exhibit area for you to meet healthcare providers and other vendors within the healthcare systems.
    Only certified service dogs will be allowed at the conference.
    No, this is not a requirement.
    Not in the common areas,( i.e. ballroom, breakout rooms, and exhibit hall), and internet access in hotel rooms is complimentary for conference registrants who are staying at the hotel.
    Attendance is limited to the person who registered as we cannot accommodate unregistered attendees.
    The expectations are that you will attend and participate in all of the sessions.
    Yes, all public buildings in the state of Florida must be ADA compliant. And we will also have an interpreter for the deaf if requested.

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