Dr. Solomon served for nine years as director of the AIDS Administration at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she had responsibility for managing statewide HIV activities including oversight of Maryland’s HIV care and treatment programs, HIV surveillance initiatives, and responsibility for all CDC-funded prevention activities in the state. Immediately prior to joining Abt Associates, Dr. Solomon was deputy director of the Alliance for Microbicide Development, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of female-controlled HIV and STI preventive agents. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where she managed large multisite epidemiologic studies of HIV infection in drug users and women. Dr. Solomon earned her Dr.P.H. and M.H.S. degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is Associate Dean of Research, Professor and the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair in Health Promotion, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Villarruel has an extensive background in health promotion and health disparities research and practice. Specifically, her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to reduce HIV sexual risk among Mexican and Latino youth. Dr. Villarruel has been the PI and Co-PI of several NIH and CDC-funded studies. She developed an effective program to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth entitled ¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself). This program will be disseminated nationally by the CDC as part of their Diffusion of Evidence-Based Interventions project. Dr. Villarruel has assumed leadership roles in many national and local organizations. She is President and founding member of the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She was appointed by Secretary Thompson to the HRSA/CDC HIV/STD Advisory Council, and also served as a charter member of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Villarruel has been recognized by numerous local and national agencies for her service and scholarship. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was elected to the IOM in 2007. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan.