Moderators

Junior  Bazile

Junior Bazile

Moderator

Bio

Junior Bazile, a native of Haiti, is a physician practicing infectious disease medicine and Public Health. His professional career has been motivated by a strong sense of responsibility to use his knowledge, skills and experience in the service of others. He went to Medical School in his home country and after med school, Dr Bazile has worked with Partners in Health (PIH)/Zanmi Lasante (ZL) in Haiti for 5 years as Medical Director and HIV/AIDS/TB/STI Program Manager in the clinic of Boucan Carre in the Central Plateau of Haiti. In 2005 he earned a “Diplome d’Universite” degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Victor Segalen in Bordeaux, France and obtained a Fulbright scholarship in 2007 to pursue a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he graduated in 2009. From 2007 to 2010 he also obtained a Fellowship in Global Health Delivery under a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA and the Ministry of Health and Population in Haiti. Over the summer of 2008, for his internship in Public Health, he implemented a hand washing with soap project in a very poor village in Iquitos, Peru with a group of students and professors from UAB. He Worked in Burundi for over one year from 2009 to 2010 with Village Health Works (PIH supported project) as Clinical Director and from December 2010 to July 2014 he has worked with the PIH’s sister organization, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) team in Malawi as the Clinical Director and Community Health Director. While in Malawi, he also worked in Mexico as a consultant in Community Health for the PIH team there. He currently lives in New York, USA with his wife Linda. He’s a consultant in Health Systems and Institutional Capacity Development for the organization The Bassiouni Group. He’s also a singer, songwriter, poet, keyboardist and guitarist using his musical skills to write, play and sing in order to educate others and fight stigmatization and discrimination that associated with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other ailments that affect mostly the poorest of the poor. He released, in December 2014, his first album of songs, which has a health education, prevention and social awareness focus on Haiti.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • GHDonline

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - BIDMC
K. Rivet Amico, PhD

K. Rivet Amico, PhD

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Rivet is a research scientist at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Health, Innovation, and Prevention, and also works with Applied Health Research as a developer and trainer of interventions that use communication and counseling theory to support adherence and retention in the context of clinical trials and resource limited settings. Methodology, design, measurement, and analytic strategies in cross-sectional and longitudinal designs are also of interest. The development of interventions to support medication and treatment adherence that are ecologically valid, culturally competent, and highly translatable to practical settings guides much of my research and project development to date. As a co-developer of the IMB-model of HAART adherence and the developer of the situated-Information Motivation Behavioral Skills model of care initiation and maintenance (sIMB-CIM), Rivey firmly believes in the potential contributions that theorists and methodologists can make in efforts to promote health behavior. The intersection between medicine, behavioral science, and systems of care offers the unique opportunity for health psychologists to actively contribute to multidisciplinary teams and shape the direction of behavioral interventions for promotion of health and clinical outcomes for those struggling with chronic medical conditions. This is particularly the case in HIV care, as this cohort is aging and the proportion of those dealing with co-morbities continues to increase. Similarly, in areas where diet and lifestyle are the targets of recommended treatment, sophisticated strategies for supporting engagement in care must address broad compendiums of treatment recommendations and not just adherence to medication. It is in these areas that my program of research seeks to develop and evaluate comprehensive models and model-based interventions.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • University of Connecticut
Jessica Haberer, MD, MS

Jessica Haberer, MD, MS

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Jessica Haberer, MD, received a bachelor's degree in the Biological Sciences and a master's degree in Health Services Research from Stanford University, as well as a medical degree from Yale University. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. After finishing her training, Dr. Haberer worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Beijing, China, where served as a Clinical and Research Advisor to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention/ National Center for AIDS, Division of Treatment and Care. Upon returning to the United States, she joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco as a Clinical Educator. Dr. Haberer developed in interest in adherence to HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) while in China and began studying multiple measures of ART adherence among children and adults in developing settings. Dr. Haberer joined Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Initiative for Global Health in 2008, where she is actively involved in the study of wireless adherence monitoring technologies and strategies for developing settings, as well as adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV infection.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Harvard Global Health Institute
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - MGH

Bio

2007 Joined Abwenzi Pa za umoyo as an HIV patient and worked as HIV Program Coordinator. Now works as External Relations and Community Programs Manager. I am the liaison person for APZU sharing the work of APZU (Partners In Health - Malawi) with Local, National and International Partnerships. Currently studying Community Development at Sky - way University Business College in Malawi.

Work Location

  • Malawi

Organization

  • Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo - Partners In Health
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Christina Psaros

Moderator Emeritus

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Massachusetts General Hospital - MGH
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Mazvita Sengayi

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

I am a medical doctor with clinical experience in HIV antiretroviral roll-out and research settings in Zimbabwe. I have a diploma in HIV management from the College of Medicine of South Africa and an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Wits University in Johannesburg. I am currently pursuing my PhD in epidemiology of HIV-related cancers in South Africa. I am based at the National Cancer Registry in Johannesburg, South Africa where I am conducting an HIV-Cancer linkage project, linking observational HIV cohort data to Cancer Registry data to study risk of cancer in HIV infected people. I am registered with the University of Bern (Switzerland) Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. My PhD fellowship is sponsored by the International epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS in Southern Africa (IeDEA-SA).

Work Location

  • South Africa

Organization

  • National Health Laboratory Services - NHLS, South Africa