Jesse Milan Jr. Steps Down as Black AIDS Institute Chair

Dec 07, 2009, 08:35 ET from Black AIDS Institute

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jesse Milan, Jr. steps down after seven years serving as Board Chairman for the Black AIDS Institute. Milan, replaced by incoming Chairman A. Cornelius Baker, will continue to serve on the Institute Board as Chair Emeritus.

At a recent Board meeting, Institute Board Members and CEO and Founder Phill Wilson expressed heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Milan for his tireless leadership on behalf of the Institute.

Milan has spent most of his professional life in the AIDS struggle. He is Vice President and Director of Community Health Systems at the Altarum Institute and leads their efforts in HIV/AIDS and other health disparity issues from its offices in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Altarum in 2008, Milan spent 10 years at Constella Group/SRA International where he served as Vice President of the Health Communications Division. Upon his hiring, Milan served as project director for the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN). During his tenure, he expanded the project to cover HIV/AID, STDs, and TB. Later as Vice President for Constella Group's Center for Global Health Convergence, Milan managed Constella's Advisory Board, fostered public-private partnership opportunities in the domestic and international arena, and served as corporate philanthropy officer. He served for five years as co-chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment, at the appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 2009, he served as co-chair of the External Peer Review of the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention's $700 million domestic HIV/AIDS prevention portfolio. The committee's report was presented last month to the CDC's Board of Scientific Advisors. Milan also directed the $21 million City of Philadelphia's Department of Public Health AIDS office, and also served as Health Department co-chair of the Philadelphia HIV Community Planning Group, Chair of the Philadelphia Ryan White Title 1 Planning Council, and was President of three other nationally recognized HIV/AIDS organizations.

Jesse Milan, Jr. has graciously shared his 27 years of living with HIV experiences through volunteerism, lectures, broadcast interviews and international speaking tours, at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and earlier this year at the White House to help launch the CDC's new Act Against AIDS campaign. He leverages his secular resources and the public to gain more secure footing in the crusade.

Milan leaves people with HIV/AIDS with these thoughts, "Do not feel alone, and know that there are people and organizations that are ready and willing to embrace and help."

Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

SOURCE Black AIDS Institute