NMAC Expands Treatment Education, Adherence and Mobilization Staff

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Washington, DC – The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Treatment Education, Adherence and Mobilization (TEAM) staff to include Alex Garner and Joseph Elias.  Joseph Elias joins NMAC as associate director of treatment education, adherence and mobilization, while Alex Garner has assumed the role of program coordinator.  Both bring extensive public health experience and expertise in HIV/AIDS.

Joseph Elias has been working in public health and the HIV sector for more than a decade.  During that time he has focused on program development and research for improving health outcomes among vulnerable populations.  Most recently, Joseph served as coordinator of the community and civil society component to the International AIDS Conference held in Washington, DC in July of 2012. In his role, Joseph was able to not only apply his experience in capacity building for community based organizations but also his extensive background working with diverse people and cultures from all over the world.

Alex Garner has been working in HIV for almost 20 years and was most recently editor-at-large for PositiveFrontiers.com.  Positive Frontiers is a national HIV magazine for gay men that explores issues of lifestyle, culture and wellness.  Prior to his time at Positive Frontiers, Alex was an actor, writer, and advocate working to address the impact of HIV on gay and bisexual men.  He co-wrote and performed in The Infection Monologues, a humorous and thought-provoking play about the modern HIV experience.  Alex has been living with HIV for over 17 years and got his start as a queer, HIV-positive youth organizer.

The vision and mission of the Treatment Education, Adherence and Mobilization (TEAM) division is to ensure that treatment, cure and vaccine research continues, and that the resulting data is available and relevant to communities of color.  TEAM’s focus is on ensuring that the latest research/scientific information is widely disseminated among communities most severely impacted by HIV/AIDS to assist in the reduction of HIV transmission and acquisition, as well as related comorbidities, while promoting leadership among communities of color to expand access to quality HIV counseling, testing, care and treatment services.


Contact: Kyle Murphy, (202) 483-6622 ex. 3330, kmurphy@nmac.org