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September 12, 2023 – Our annual Research in Action Awards (RIAA) event is TAG’s biggest night of the year. On October 19, we’ll be deeply honored to gather with our most cherished supporters and community members to recognize just a few of the many visionaries whose work has brought us closer to ending HIV, TB, and HCV. We’d like to share a bit more about this year’s honorees, and we hope you’ll join us to meet them in person at the event in New York City:

The Latino Commission on AIDS was formed in 1990 by a coalition of Latinx community members, to advise and advocate for Latinx people affected by HIV. Coordinating with an extensive network of local and national partner organizations, the Commission emphasizes culturally and linguistically competent educational, preventive, and support services. Accepting the RIAA award on behalf of the organization is Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission and cofounder of the Hispanic Health Network.

Mercedes C. Becerra, ScD; Jennifer J. Furin, MD, PhD; and Soumya Swaminathan, MD will accept an award on behalf of the organization they co-founded in 2011, the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. The Sentinel Project brings together TB scientists, caregivers, clinicians, and community members to create and share resources regarding children living with tough-to-treat strains of TB, who are too often overlooked by research. The longtime TB researcher advocates who conceived it cover an impressive range of perspectives within the field: Becerra is a senior epidemiologist with Partners in Health and professor at Harvard Medical School, Furin has spent three decades treating and advising on TB around the world, and Swaminathan served as the World Health Organization’s chief scientist and a global expert on HIV and TB.

TAG will present an award to Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH, FIDSA, Senior Director of Research and Education at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, is a renowned authority on transgender health. They have published over 130 peer-reviewed articles on trans health access and outcomes, inequities and institutional barriers to care, and HIV prevention, and served as co-chair of the World Professional Association of Transgender (WPATH) Standards of Care.

We will be thrilled to introduce you to Guillermo, Mercedes, Jennifer, Soumya, and Asa next month at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, where you can learn more about their accomplishments and help  TAG continue to fight for affirmative and effective care for communities affected by HIV, TB, and HCV. You can learn more about RIAA 2023 and buy tickets here.

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