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Ribbon is a national nonprofit organization that provides innovative and culturally-responsive education, programs, and services to health and human service providers and individuals to help facilitate and normalize positive experiences and healthy outcomes within public health systems.
To end the racial, social, and environmental disparities that rob vulnerable communities of health and wealth.
We are committed to ensuring access to quality, affordable, life-saving health, and essential support services to all individuals, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, culture, or health conditions utilizing an intersectional racial, social, and economic justice lens.
Vanessa’s experience and expertise in designing innovative programs and interventions, leadership development initiatives, and collaborative relationships led to the development of deep relationships with a variety of institutions, organizations, and people living with HIV to plan, implement and evaluate such efforts. For example, Vanessa was responsible for creating and organizing skill-building training for gender-responsive service delivery, trauma-informed recovery approaches, and leadership development- including sharing lived experiences associated with HIV, trauma, and identity. These trainings provided instructional information, skills development, and technical assistance to community-based organizations, health departments, and communities interested in developing and adapting engagement, mobilization, and leadership models in their communities. Also, Vanessa is an expert facilitator and trainer with earned certifications to conduct several federal public health HIV interventions, including WILLOW (Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women) and BLOC (Building Leaders of Color), a federally funded national training. She has created several useful prevention interventions for women living with and affected by HIV, such as Catch a Rising Star (disclosure of HIV Serostatus), Common Threads: Creating a Community of Storytellers, and The ME Circle: Micro-enterprise Collectives. Finally, Vanessa is a seasoned manager and proposal writer.
Vanessa's expertise and experience in public health and harm-reduction issues led her to the co-founding of the Ribbon Consulting Group, LLC (Ribbon). Ribbon is a national consulting firm whose mission is to improve community and resident health, especially for individuals with hidden disabilities and chronic health conditions. Under Ribbon, Vanessa provides capacity-building assistance in the form of training, technology transfer, and education to organizations and individuals that serve people with hidden disabilities and chronic health conditions, with a particular emphasis on people living with HIV.
Linda is a visionary, national leader, working in Public Health for nearly 30 years. She brings experience working with HIV and AIDS, mental health, and other chronic disease communities. She has served on numerous committees and boards—nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Positive Women’s Network- USA and the National Black Woman HIV Network. She also served as a member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). Linda's has delivered several innovative trainings and technical assistance programs- most of which are designed to train leaders in understanding how to build personal growth through leadership for persons with HIV or those working in the HIV community. Additionally, noted is her work in the development of the National Consumer Corps Leadership Training Program (AIDS Alliance) and The Building Leaders of Color (BLOC) Program (NMAC). Both programs were HRSA funded programs that are recognized as the national model for consumer empowerment, education, and training. These programs have reached nearly 40,000 people living in vulnerable communities impacted by health disparities.
Linda is a registered Master Trainer, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Leadership Coach who has developed and delivered training and capacity events.
As a thought-leader, Linda is highly requested as a registered consultant and subject matter expert for numerous private and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) Ryan White Parts A, B, C, and D programs and the Maternal, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Sampling of Linda’s notable highlights: presented before former President Bill Clinton, her work in HIV was highlighted by President Barrack Obama in July 2010, at the release of The National AIDS Strategy. In June 2011, ESSENCE Magazine featured The Scruggs family in the 30th Commemoration Edition on HIV/AIDS. Also, In 2012 she was a plenary speaker at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.
Tori Cooper is a health and equity advocate, community organizer, educator, published author, and leader in the transgender and HIV communities. Tori is the Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative.
Yolanda Diaz presently works at Iris House, Inc.- an organization for women, children and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Yolanda has been employed at Iris House for the last 10.5 years. In the past, Yolanda has facilitated interventions, provided HIV/STI testing, and worked as a counselor before joining Iris House, Inc.
Emma C.V. Ferguson is an educator with a daily passion for working with our youngest learners! She brings to us 30+ years as a public-school leader, experience as a teacher for the union president in the USA, and Anguilla, BWI. Ms. Ferguson is an ally to the HIV community and incorporates HIV education in school systems, as well as an ordained minister in various churches.
Daniel works at the intersection of advocacy and assisting communities impacted by HIV for the past decade in Atlanta, GA. Daniel is the Creator and Senior Advisor of D3 Consulting, LLC.
Currently Margot resides and works in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area advocating for the human rights and human dignity of Black and Brown women and justice involved individuals and families impacted by the generational effects of mass incarceration, health disparities, co-morbidities, poverty, and trauma; particularly the causalities of mass incarceration on women and girls.
Cynthia is a masterful storyteller, a skilled trainer of trainers and a published author. Since September 2000, Cynthia has served women, infants, children, and youth living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She’s currently serving as a rehabilitative instructor with AIDS Alabama.
She is known nationally as an advocate for change.
Nathaniel is an advocate and leader for change. For nearly thirty years, he has worked in the HIV community; for twenty of those years, he served as a Case Manager at Total Health Care Inc. in Baltimore City, Maryland (retired).
Nathaniel is committed to working to support communities to fight HIV, provide help to people who use drugs, support insufficient education systems, as well as support those who face unemployment and low life expectancy.
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