BS- Biology, TN State University
MS- Public Health, Meharry Medical College
Victor has been working in HIV prevention, care and advocacy since 2008. Today he oversees grant funding at Ryan Health located in NYC. These funds are geared towards ending the HIV epidemic among young, queer individuals of color. He is a 2015 recipient of the New York State Department of Health Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for his career work. He has been featured in Crain’s New York Business magazine, POZ magazine and OUT magazine. Victor understands that you must meet people where they are to effectively make change. His goal is to one day see the HIV epidemic come to an end. Until a cure is found, we must Prevent, Test, and Treat HIV for those communities who are usually overlooked and left to deal with health disparities on their own. As a former resident of Mississippi and Tennessee, Victor knows the hardships one can face as a queer person of color. He has and will continue to dedicate his time to making sure the community most at need will be afforded the same opportunities as our counterparts.
"There are many facets of being a queer person of color. As a community, we deserve events that meet all of our unique needs."
BS- Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University
MS- Health Psychology, Grand Canyon University
Courtney Johnson is a native of Memphis, TN and has been working in HIV prevention for almost 10 years. He oversees the HIV services department at Ryan Chelsea-Clinton located in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. He is a 2017 Heir’s List Fighter recipient for his community advocacy related to healthcare, mental wellness, and representation of marginalized populations. Mr. Johnson hopes that his work will create nonjudgmental safe spaces for gay men of color to allow for freedom of self-expression, an increased capacity to love, and holistic healing to optimally address issues related to stigma, pain, loneliness, and self-acceptance. Mr. Johnson is passionate about the fight to end HIV and believe it can only be won through multi-pronged, culturally respectful, programs and services inside and outside of the clinic setting.
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