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Coming Together for Sexual Health

Oct 26, 2022

Guest host Dana Cropper, current director of the California Prevention Training Center, sits down with two former CAPTC directors, Gail Bolan, MD, and Alice Gandelman, to discuss the founding of the CAPTC and the organization’s work in supporting sexual healthcare providers over the last 33 years. We learn about the forces that shaped the sexual healthcare field. Our guests unpack how the PTC developed alongside the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the late 1980’s; the surprising relationship between HIV work and STI response; strategies to meet sexual healthcare needs both within and outside of sexual health clinics; and the ever-present need for greater training for providers around testing and treatment of STIs. We learn about how behavioral interventions were centered in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the importance of centering social determinants of health and larger structural forces in prevention and treatment efforts. The three directors also discuss their hopes for opening up discussions about sexual health and de-stigmatizing the topic in the greater community. 



Gail Bolan, MD, was the director of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2011 through 2020. Prior to joining CDC, she directed the California Prevention Training Center for 23 years. She served as the chief of the STD Control Branch at the California Department of Public Health from 1997 to 2011, and as the director of the San Francisco City and County STD Prevention and Control Program, and as medical director of San Francisco City Clinic from 1987 to 1997.  

Alice Gandelman was the director of the CAPTC from 1994 through 2021, where she oversaw growth and development of CAPTC in numerous training and capacity building programs in STD, HIV, sexual and reproductive health.  

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