HIV/AIDS continues to threaten our communities. More than ever before, HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. By working together, the partnering agencies improve the quality of life for people at risk of and people living with HIV/AIDS in our communities.

Seattle's most prominent community non-profits are partnering together to bring you Stronger Together. Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center, Seattle Counseling Service, and CareTeams, a program of Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, to provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area.

We hope you can be a part of this important event!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sheraton Seattle
1400 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

While your breakfast is complimentary, the event is a fundraiser. We invite and challenge all guests to consider a minimum gift or pledge of $150 to the partner organization(s) of their choice.

Our Emcee: Molly Shen

Molly Shen anchors KOMO 4 News weekdays at 11AM and at 5PM.

Molly joined KOMO 4 News in 1997. She's won Emmy awards for her live reporting and anchoring and was named the Journalist of the Month by the website Women’s e-news in May 2005. Women's e-news recognized Molly for her work in the community raising awareness for the need for free counseling services for sexual assault victims.

Molly joined KOMO 4 News in 1997. She's won Emmy awards for her live reporting and anchoring and was named the Journalist of the Month by the website Women’s e-news in May 2005. Women's e-news recognized Molly for her work in the community raising awareness for the need for free counseling services for sexual assault victims.

Molly regularly volunteers her time as an emcee for various community groups including Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Home and LifeWire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence Program). She is on the Honorary Board for Harborview’s Children’s Response Center, serving children who are victims of sexual assault or other trauma and is a prior member of the Board of Directors for Starlight Children’s Foundation, serving seriously ill children and their families.

Molly's interest in journalism came about in the seventh grade when she took a tour of the Missourian newspaper in Columbia, MO. She was hooked after that! From being the editor of her junior high and high school newspapers, to journalism camps and national student competitions, there was no looking back. Molly received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School.

Before joining KOMO 4 News, she spent five years as an anchor and reporter in Spokane.

Molly's husband is a television photographer who grew up in Central Washington. They live in Issaquah with their two children.

Our Keynote Speaker: John Weisman

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, was appointed secretary of health by Governor Jay Inslee and joined the Department of Health in April 2013. He’s an accomplished transformational leader with more than 22 years of local public health experience and focuses on whole systems approaches to improving health.
 
John has been passionate about public health since reading a 1983 Time magazine article about disease detectives tracking Legionnaires ’ disease, toxic shock syndrome, and HIV. It was the impetus for him to enter the profession.
 
He has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut and now serves as the Washington State Secretary of Health. He started his public health career in Connecticut in 1986 and was in its first group trained to provide HIV counseling and testing services.
 
During his career John has:
  • Transformed health departments from providing individual clinical services to implementing policy, system and environmental changes promoting prevention that make healthy choices easier and less expensive.
  • Transformed Clark County Public Health and the Department of Health into first responder organizations.
  • Helped lead Washington State’s initiatives to transform the health delivery system to improve population health, known as Healthier Washington.
Major efforts now underway at the Department of Health under John’s leadership include: End AIDS Washington, developing the Healthiest Next Generation, identifying and funding Foundational Public Health Services, implementing the Governor’s executive order reducing suicides and preventing firearm injuries and deaths, and addressing the public health impacts of climate change.
 
Currently, John serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Health Policy and Management. He also serves as a clinical professor at the University of Washington, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services.
 
He earned his doctor of public health (DrPH) in public health executive leadership in 2012 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He received his master of public health (MPH) in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University in 1987, and his bachelor of arts (BA) in biology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1983.
 
John was born and raised in Wisconsin. He and his husband have lived in Washington State since 1989.

Parking

Valet parking is available at the Sheraton Seattle for $23. The Meridian Parking Garage located at 1515 7th Avenue also offers $10 2-hour parking. For directions to the Sheraton Seattle, please see here.

If you have any food allergies or require a vegetarian meal, please make sure to alert Marcus White at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will also be able to let your server know at the time of the breakfast.

Donations

If you are unable to attend the event and interested in making a donation to our collaborating organizations click here.

For more information on the collaborating organizations, please click on their link below.