Shannon Hader
Shannon Hader

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Yesterday, City Paper‘s Housing Complex reported that the self-organized offspring of the TED conference series will hit the George Washington University on May 20. “TEDx Potomac” will feature presentations from locals like CakeLove creator Warren Brown, show bartender Moe Harris, and Affinity Lab founder Berit Oskey. Also on the roster is the woman at the center of the District’s sexual health: Dr. Shannon Hader, director of D.C.’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA). From the TEDx website:

Dr. Shannon Hader is the director of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration within the DC Department of Health. As a public health doctor with a long-standing commitment to the HIV/AIDS response and a career focus on translating information to action, she has worked in a diversity of challenging situations, from rural Mississippi to rural Russia, and has emphasized accountability, scale, and impact to build sustainable responses from Washington, DC to Zimbabwe.

Shannon is known for boldness, transparency, and working across organizational boundaries to foster innovative partnerships and collaborations. She has worked clinically caring for children and adults in the United States and abroad, in Brazil, China, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, medical school at Columbia University, residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital. Shannon is currently adjunct clinical faculty at Emory University, and was a 2007 Katherine Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College.

I have a call out to HAHSTA for more details on the content of Hader’s presentation; TEDx Potomac’s 400 seats are already sold out, but ticketless parties can watch a simulcast here.

UPDATE: TEDx writes in with some details. Hader’s presentation is called “Challenging Conventional Wisdom: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth?” Here’s the description: “In discussing Washington’s HIV epidemic, Hader will present data that explodes some long-held myths about the composition of the city’s HIV-positive population.”

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