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The AETC Capitol Region Telehealth "Power Podcast" series allows you to listen to experts in the field from your computer or mobile device. Designed for the busy professional, you can learn about cultural competence in the treatment of HIV/AIDS from your office or "On-The-Go."

HIV and Gender Based Violence – Part II

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Resources on HIV and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

About the Presenter

Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh
Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

McCreeDr. Donna Hubbard McCree is the inaugural Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The DHAP Office of Health Equity was established in September 2010 to provide leadership on understanding the determinants of and strategies for addressing HIV and AIDS-related health inequities. Prior to accepting this position, she was Team Leader/Behavioral Scientist, Intervention Research Team, Prevention Research Branch, DHAP, NCHHSTP, where she led a 22-member multidisciplinary group of scientists including postdoctoral fellows and Commissioned Corp Officers charged with using the epidemiological and surveillance data to develop, conduct, and evaluate the efficacy of new and previously untested behavioral interventions for populations most at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.  She was also a Behavioral Scientist and Fellow in the Division of STD Prevention, Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch, NCHHSTP, CDC.

Dr. McCree has thirty-two years of experience in Public Health and Pharmacy.  She completed the Doctor of Philosophy, Delta Omega (1997), and Master of Public Health (1987) degrees at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland in Health Policy and Management with a specialty in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine with a specialty in sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Pharmacy from Howard University (1982) and is a registered pharmacist in the states of Maryland and Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.  She has held numerous positions in the fields of Public Health and Pharmacy including academia, bioavailability research, professional association management, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice.  Her work has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications and presentations at both international and national scientific meetings.  Dr. McCree is lead Co-Editor of a book focused on HIV in African American communities, African Americans and HIV: Understanding and Addressing The Epidemic (2010, Springer).  She was also Guest Co-Editor for a theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health (2009).

Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Minority Health Mentor/Champion of Excellence Award from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for outstanding commitment and achievement as a mentor, DHAP/ORISE HIV Prevention in Communities of Color Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. On August 30, 2012, Dr. McCree was honored with a prestigious Distinguished Alumna Awardfrom The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  This award is presented to alumni who typify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the university by their personal accomplishments, professional achievement or humanitarian service. 

Organizational Summary

The Women’s Collective (TWC) is a leading community health and human service agency in Washington, D.C. providing culturally-competent, girl- and woman-focused, and family-centered HIV/STD prevention, education, care, support, and advocacy services. The mission is to empower women, girls, and their families by providing them with the skills and linkages to meet their self-defined needs, increase their access to care and support, and engage them so that they are best equipped to ‘own’ their health outcomes, improve their quality of life, and protect their rights. As the only women- and girl-serving agency in the area, they are experienced at working with low income, disadvantaged, and marginalized women and girls ages 12+ across all wards of the District. TWC has historically engaged low income women and girls of color in innovative and responsive programs and services that integrate medical case management and HIV counseling and testing services; community health worker-driven care navigation, linkage services, and prevention with positives programming; peer-based support groups; HIV education and outreach; youth-focused prevention skills building; and are rounded out with the meaningful engagement of women and girls in policy and advocacy at local, regional, and national levels.

TWC grew out of the life experience of the Founder/Executive Director, Patricia Nalls, a woman living with HIV/AIDS who used her personal story to create this unique organization and model of care. Since 1992, The Women’s Collective has engaged women and girls living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS in a variety of ways that respect their expertise, ideas, voices, needs, and experiences. Please visit their website at