The Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the nation’s only think and do tank committed to ending HIV in Black America, is proud to announce its 10-member Scientific Advisory Committee. The committee comprised entirely of Black experts will provide BAI with timely and culturally relevant scientific guidance, and will also review the quality and relevance of the technical information that BAI incorporates into its programmatic and policy endeavors.


BAI’s all-Black Scientific Advisory Committee represents an integrative approach to community health by including renowned professionals across medicine, public health, research, and academia. By combining evidence-based approaches specific to Black communities and centering undermined experiences such as medical mistrust, the committee’s guidance will strengthen BAI’s mission to revolutionize the Black HIV response. This, in turn, will move us toward complete freedom for Black people to live long, healthy lives.


“The timely formation of BAI’s Scientific Advisory Committee is critical in addressing Black health disparities that have been documented in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, are being repeated in the COVID-19 pandemic, and anticipated in the development and dissemination of the coronavirus vaccine,” says Raniyah Copeland, MPH, President & CEO, BAI. “With 100+ years of cumulative infectious disease experience, the 10 committee members’ knowledge and their lived experiences of Black-centric health equity barriers borne from racist health systems, will enhance BAI’s strategic programming and community engagement in Los Angeles and across the U.S.”

The esteemed members of the Scientific Advisory Committee include Scientist & OHTN HIV Research Chair in Implementation Science with Black Communities, LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP, FNAP, FAAN; Social and Behavioral Sciences Junior Investigator Liaison, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD, MS, MOL; Founder of Village Health Foundation, Jewell Thais-Williams, L.Ac., DipLAc; Director of Clinical Education & Research, Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association (TPaIDA), Dr. Lane Rolling, MD; Family Medicine Physician, Tagbo Ekwonu, MD, AAHIVS; Vice President and Director, Public Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, Greg Millett, M.P.H.; Adjunct Professor of Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D.; Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV, Oni J. Blackstock, MD, MHS; American doctor and academic, Adaora Adimora, MD; and Former Vice President for Research, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Defense And President and CEO TAThornton Foundation, Yvonne T. Maddox, PhD.