Connect to Protect®: Utilizing Community Mobilization and Structural Change to Prevent HIV Infection Among Youth

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Date(s) - Aug 2, 2012
12:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. Annes Maternity- Conference Room


The Los Angeles HIV Research & Community Colloquia Series, hosted by UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and the Los Angeles County HIV Prevention Planning Committee (PPC), invites you to attend:

Connect to Protect®: Utilizing Community Mobilization and Structural Change to Prevent HIV Infection Among Youth



Milton Smith, C2PLA Project Director

Sofia Rose Smith, Project Coordinator, LAGLC

Andrè-Jamison Molette, Cal State Northridge


Date/Time   Location

Thursday, August 2, 2012 St.  Annes Maternity-Conference Room

12:00 -1:00PM 155 N. Occidental BlvD

Los Angeles, CA  90026


C2P is the primary prevention infrastructure of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), a National Institutes of Health funded network that conducts research related to youth (i.e., ages 12–24) who are living with or are at risk for HIV. The primary research objective of C2P is to determine whether structural changes achieved by C2P coalitions have an effect on individual risk factors associated with HIV transmission and acquisition.

This presentation will provide an overview of C2P and highlight the importance of community mobilization as a component to our jurisdictional response to High-Impact HIV-Prevention

Addressing the HIV epidemic at a structural level by working with community coalitions to alter policies, practices, programs, and/or physical environments that are associated with increased risk for HIV among youth.

About the presenters:

Milton Smith is currently the Project Director for C2PLA and is responsible for guiding and supporting all of the coalition’s activities. He has over 17 years experience working with community based organizations around various issues ranging from access to healthcare to funding for the arts both here and in New York City.  A passionate community activist, his true passion is HIV prevention and community mobilizing specifically in the areas of structural intervention, behavioral research, and youth advocacy.   Locally he has participated in a wide range of HIV prevention activities including serving on panels, hosting community forums, and helping to coordinate the development and implementation of a research study targeting black MSM of color sponsored by NIH.  An alumnus of California State University Northridge, he is also currently serving his first term as a member of the Los Angeles County HIV Prevention Committee.

Sofia Rose Smith is the recently elected Co-Chair of the Connect to Protect Los Angeles Coalition. For the last two years, Sofia has worked as a Program Coordinator with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s youth mentoring program, LifeWorks, serving mostly inner-city queer & trans youth of color, advocating for youth-led programs, and providing community-based workshops on LGBTQ awareness. In addition, Sofia is a writer, fierce poet, & cultural activist in her native city of Los Angeles.


Andrè-Jamison Molette is a full time student at Cal State Northridge and works as a full time queer activist with the National Queer People of Color Conference. André hails from Salt Lake City, Utah where at the age of 16 when he help fight the banning of  Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA’s). André has worked in a campaign building mPowerment programs in Salt Lake County to talk about safer sex which in non-existent in public education. Andre has been with C2P for a year and in December was nominated as co-chair.  He envisions C2P as a strong player in Los Angeles County creating structural change in current health policies.