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Olivia G. Ford

Contributing Editor

Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com, as well as a full-time freelance editor and writer based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Olivia began her engagement with HIV-related media at TheBody.com. She was a proud full-time staff member from late 2007 through early 2014, starting her tenure as a proofreader/copyeditor and ending as the site's executive editor.

Olivia went on to serve as communications director at Positive Women's Network - USA, a national advocacy network of women living with HIV, with which she still regularly collaborates and volunteers. In 2015, Olivia was part of the inaugural cohort of the Rockwood Leadership Institute's Fellowship for Racial and Gender Justice Leaders in the HIV Movement.

Currently a full-time freelance editor and writer, Olivia has consulted with organizations and programs such as Echoing Ida, InPartnership Consulting, the Women's Foundation of California and The Well Project. In addition to TheBody.com, her work has appeared in Black AIDS Weekly, Positively Aware and POZ, among other outlets. A trained birth doula and native Brooklynite, she has been based in New Orleans, Louisiana, since June 2015.

Disclosures

Within the past year, Olivia Ford has had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV. These disclosures were last updated on March 2, 2017.

Editorial Contributor/Consultant Roles

  • Black AIDS Weekly
  • HIV Justice Network
  • International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
  • Positively Aware
  • POZ
  • Remedy Health Media (TheBody.com/TheBodyPRO.com)
  • Ribbon Consulting Group
  • Sero Project
  • The Well Project

Volunteer Roles

  • HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy: conference planner, presenter
  • Louisiana Anti-Criminalization Movement
  • Michael Johnson Legal Defense Fund
  • New Orleans Week of HIV/AIDS Awareness: social marketing committee
  • Positive Living Conference: conference presenter
  • SPEAK UP! National Leadership Summit for Women Living With HIV: conference presenter, volunteer

Latest by Olivia G. Ford

Making HIV -- and Bias -- 'Part of the Party' to Strengthen Our Response to the Epidemic Img
USCA (U.S. Conference on AIDS)

Making HIV -- and Bias -- 'Part of the Party' to Strengthen Our Response to the Epidemic

Not talking about HIV does not lead to HIV ceasing to be a profound public health challenge; the same is true for the explicit and implicit biases that underpin the HIV response. Marsha Martin, D.S.W., discusses ways to remove the harm of bias on a w...

Bias Is Everywhere: Uncovering HIV Prejudice to Improve Service Delivery Img
USCA (U.S. Conference on AIDS)

Bias Is Everywhere: Uncovering HIV Prejudice to Improve Service Delivery

"All disparities in HIV are connected to the biases," proclaimed HIV public health veteran Marsha Martin, D.S.W., in a workshop at September's U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA); "and we need to figure out how we are going to take them on."

How to Reverse Implicit Bias in HIV Care: 6 Steps to Take Today Img
USCA (U.S. Conference on AIDS)

How to Reverse Implicit Bias in HIV Care: 6 Steps to Take Today

We caught up with speakers and presenters at a major HIV community meeting to learn how HIV care providers can uncover and remove the harm of bias in their work.

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USCA (U.S. Conference on AIDS)

How to Reverse Implicit Bias in HIV Care: 6 Steps to Take Today

We caught up with speakers and presenters at a major HIV community meeting to learn how HIV care providers can uncover and remove the harm of bias in their work.

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What's New or Notable in HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence?

Olivia G. Ford spoke with a range of U.S.-based providers, diverse in geography as well as discipline, about the latest in HIV treatment and prevention adherence.

Brian Wood, M.D.
IDWeek

Benefits and Barriers to Decentralized HIV Care for Patients in Underserved Communities

People living with HIV who must travel long distances to their HIV care providers -- or are out of care due to a shortage of local providers -- are highly vulnerable to disease progression, which increases the likelihood of transmitting HIV. Brian Wo...

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Conference Coverage

What Is the Cost of Homophobia and Other Systemic Biases?

What are the costs of homophobia, transphobia and other systems of injustice in the eyes of frontline HIV care providers, researchers and advocates?

Beyond Cervical Cancer: Patterns and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies Among Women Living With HIV Img
Conference Coverage

Beyond Cervical Cancer: Patterns and Treatment of Gynecologic Malignancies Among Women Living With HIV

With HIV-positive women living longer, cancer epidemiologist Anne F. Rositch, Ph.D., looked at contemporary trends, patterns of disease, adherence to national care guidelines and barriers to treatment of non-HPV-associated gynecologic malignancies....

25 Years of Prenatal HIV Drug Exposure Monitoring: Changing Times, but No Increased Risk of Birth Defects Img
Conference Coverage

25 Years of Prenatal HIV Drug Exposure Monitoring: Changing Times, but No Increased Risk of Birth Defects

Vani Vannappagari, Ph.D., M.P.H., shares her insights on the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry's data collection of pregnancy outcomes following prenatal antiretroviral exposure in the treatment as prevention era.

For Women Who Trade Sex, a Brief Intervention That Addresses Violence and Reduces HIV Risk Img
Conference Coverage

For Women Who Trade Sex, a Brief Intervention That Addresses Violence and Reduces HIV Risk

To address sex workers' disproportionate HIV burden, John Hopkins researchers worked with community advocates to develop a short dialogue-based intervention integrating violence support with HIV outreach that showed high feasibility and acceptability...