Christopher Aono a Queer mixed API from Okinawa, Japan. They are currently finishing their Master’s Degree in Public Health at California State University in Los Angeles, California. Christopher works at The Wall Las Memorias Project, an organization that focuses on LGBTQI2-S Rights and Social Justice, Health Equity, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, HIV Prevention, and linkage to care.
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Cesar Cadabes was born and raised in Hawaii. Living with HIV since 1989, he has worked in HIV/AIDS for over 25 years; Los Angeles as the Program Coordinator of HIV Education and Prevention Programs at the City of Pasadena Public Health Department and in Hawaii as the Executive Director of the Kauai AIDS Project. Currently, he is the Communications and Events coordinator for the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research in San Francisco. He was also part of the cohort in NMAC’s Building Leadership of Color (BLOC) program. In addition to his HIV work and advocacy, Cesar is also a writer, performance artist and Artistic Director for the GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance) Theatre collective.
Rowland is a Program Specialist at the San Francisco Community Health Center formerly known as API Wellness. He manages a program called The Connection which aims to promote HIV/AIDS prevention to Asian & Pacific Islander (API) men who has sex with men. Rowland’s first exposure into the public health field began as a volunteer for API Wellness where he assisted in spreading awareness and educating the API MSM community. Rowland is thrilled to join the Constituent Advisory Panel this year for NMAC and looks forward to be working with the rest of the CAP members.
Henry Ocampo has worked in minority health for over 25 years. After completing his BS in Psychology at UC Davis, he worked in San Francisco managing HIV prevention programs targeting Asians and Pacific Islanders. Henry eventually returned to school to enhance the skills that he learned doing several years of community work. He earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. Since starting at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center in April 2004, Henry has lead minority health initiatives in partnership with community based organizations and health departments throughout the country.
Paula Peters MSN, RN, ACRN, CTTS is a Program Manager with Great Lakes Bay Health Centers overseeing Ryan White-funded HIV Special Immunology Medical Services, Hepatitis C, PrEP, and Tobacco Cessation for PLWH programs. She is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse who has been involved with HIV specialty care since 2005. She is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 2007-present, and served as Director-at-Large of the National HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB) 2009–2017. She is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist 2017. She is a founding member of the Michigan HIV Nurses Network and has worked with the Saginaw HIV/AIDS Taskforce since 2008.
Tapakorn Prasertsith (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a non-binary, Thai person raised in both Los Angeles, CA and El Paso, TX. After studying Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego, they moved to San Francisco, CA and immediately faced the divide between the city’s booming tech culture and the growing homeless population. They were offered a position at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (now San Francisco Community Health Center) to start their PrEP program and was awarded the 2017 NMAC Youth Initiative scholarship for their work in HIV Prevention, focused on people of color and trans populations.