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HISTP Scholar Dr. Terrinieka Powell Featured in the Fall 2016 Issue of Hopkins’ Public Health Magazine

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Shine A Light

Terrinieka Powell draws on higher powers to confront Baltimore’s HIV/AIDs epidemic.

Words by Stephanie Shapiro • Photos by Harry Giglio

Terrinieka Powell’s epiphany came seven years ago in Flint, Michigan. Powell was talking with young people about the sexual health messages they heard in church. Then a postdoc in community psychology at the University of Michigan, she worked at the YOUR Center on a faith-based HIV prevention program led by Ms. Bettina Campbell. For the first time, Powell was hearing directly from adolescents themselves. They knew very little about the disease and how to prevent it.

“I remember one girl saying something like, ‘All we hear is, don’t have sex or you’ll get pregnant, get AIDS and die,’” says Powell, PhD, an assistant professor in Population, Family and Reproductive Health. “I thought, ‘Yikes! How did we get here?’”

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