HIV and STI's Work Group

PGC Healthcare Action CoalitionCounty Objectives

  • ​​​​​​​Redu​​​​​ce new HIV infections among adults and adolescents.


​Addressing HIV/AIDS

  • ​Incr​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ease routine HIV screening in clinical settings and targeted screening in non-clinical settings, including the Prince George's County Department of Corrections, public substance abuse treatment programs, and the school based wellness clinics (SBWCs) (all located in areas with the highest morbidity rates); Link HIV positives immediately to care, and high risk HIV negatives to other medical care and HIV prevention programs.​
  • Continue to refer or link pers​​​​​​ons living with HIV (PLWHs) identified through partner services to medical care and support, and assign Linkage to Care workers to assist PLWHs not currently in care.
  • Expand outreach and prevention education efforts to include the use of innovative media and information technology methods such as online and social network services (i.e. Web sites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and internet-based partner services).
  • Increase awareness among medical providers of the HIV medical care and support services available to HIV infected residents, and encourage providers to make HIV testing a routine part of care.
  • Use case finding activities and partner surveillance data to identify the most effective settings and geographic areas to conduct targeted outreach and education.
  • Train the medical community to be more comfortable and proficient in discussing substance use, sexual history and sexual habits with their patients, and in addressing cultural and linguistic barriers to their care.
  • Work with medical associations, pharmaceutical representatives, and local academic institutions to provide continuing education to medical providers to ensure that their clinical skills in treating HIV/AIDS patients are up-to-date.

Addressing Other Sexually Transmitted and Communicable Disease

  • Develop and disseminate, through media outlets and innovative outreach approaches, culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials and messages on the most common STIs and their prevention.


The HIV and STI's Workgroup meets once a month, every third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at
1701 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.​

Prince George's Healthcare Action Coalition (PGHAC) meets quarterly at
1400 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.
List of scheduled PGHAC meetings, ​.


2012 2013 2014
June 12, 2012 February 12, 2013 January 14, 2014​
September 11, 2012 ​April 9, 2013 ​April 8, 2014​
October 9, 2012 June 11, 2013 ​June 10, 2014
November 13, 2012 September 10, 2013 ​September 9, 2014
December 6, 2012 October 8, 2013 ​October 14, 2014
​December 8, 2014​


Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bond 45 R​estaurant,
149 Waterfront Street,
Fort Washington, MD 20745​​

Clinicians' Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS in Prince George's County
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD
Infectious Disease Center Medical Director at United Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

​Friday, December 6, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

7711 Walker Mill Drive,
Capital Heights, MD 20743

HIV/AIDS Education and Anti-Stigma Forum with Solid Rock Full Gospel Baptist Church Ministries International

​Saturday, December 7, 2013
​10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

7711 Walker Mill Drive,
Capital Heights, MD 20743

​Prayer Brunch and Candlelight Memorial - "My Story, Our Lives, We Remember" with Solid Rock Full Gospel Baptist Church Ministries International
Guest Speaker: Pamela B. Creekmur, Prince George's County Health Officer


  • Maryland State Health Improvement Plan Prince George's County Profile ​(PDF)​​


Joseph Richardson, Jr., PhD Workgroup Co-Chair University of Maryland​ ​Associate Professor, African American Studies
​Dedra Spears-Johnson Workgroup Co-Chair​ Heart to Hand, Inc.​ Executive Director​
​Noreen Sarhene Research Assistant​ ​University of Maryland
​Denise Bellows ​Member ​University of Maryland Doctoral Student, Public Health​
​Chris Bryant ​Member ​Streetwize Foundation
​Jeannine Bulbulia ​Member
​Melissa Bushey ​Member Southern Maryland Hospital​
​Vanessa Campbell ​Member
​Ernest Carter, MD, PhD ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department Deputy Health Officer​
​Lisa R. Connors ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department
​Lt. Brendan Devaney ​Member ​Prince George's County Police Department
​Carla Diggs Smith, JD ​Member ​CareFirst, Inc. ​Manager, Community Affairs
​Joyce Duckett ​Member ​National Coalition of 100 Black Women ​President, Prince George's County Chapter
​Tawanna Gaines ​Member ​Maryland House of Delegates ​State Delegate
​Linda Green, MD ​Member ​Dimensions Healthcare Associates ​Medical Director, Ryan White Primary Care
​Bernard Holloway ​Member ​Prince George's County, Office of the County Executive ​CountyStat Analyst
​David A. Hughes ​Member ​Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church ​HIV MInistry Coordination
​Jennifer Jones ​Member
​Sylvette LaTouche-Howard ​Member
​Rev. Tony Lee ​Member ​Community of Hope African Methodist Church Church ​Senior Pastor
​Dwan Little ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department ​Deputy Manager, Epidemiology and Disease Control
​Camilla Stanley ​Member ​Dimensions Healthcare Prince George's Hospital Center ​HIV Program Manager
​Pamela M. Thomas ​Member ​Prince George's Community College
​Laurine Thomas ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department Grants Writer​
​Ingrid Turner ​Member ​Prince George's County Council Member
​Dionne Williams ​Member ​University of Maryland
​Ramona Worthington ​Member ​Dimensions Healthcare
​Diane Young ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department
​Henry Bishop Health Dept. Staff​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Program Chief, HIV/AIDS Program​
​Angela Crankfield-Edmond Health Dept. Staff​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Division Manager, Epidemiology and Disease Control​
​Pamela B. Creekmur PGHAC Chair​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Health Officer​
Debra C. Ross​ PGHAC Director​ Consultant​
Erin Diamond​, MA PGHAC Staff​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Administrative Specialist​

Last Updated: March 4, 2014