Meet YTH

PrEPTECH is run by the YTH Initiative of ETR, a non-profit organization committed to improving health outcomes and advancing health equity for youth, families, and communities. At YTH, our mission is to advance the health and wellness of young people through technology and new media.

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Meet our Study Doctor: Jeffrey Klausner

"Dr. K" is a Board Certified Internist and Infectious Disease Specialist with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Klausner earned his Medical Degree from Cornell University Medical College with Honors in Research. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the New York University—Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Klausner earned his Master's in Public Health with a focus on International Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. After that training, Dr. Klausner was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Dr. Klausner completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Meet our Community Advisory Board

To make PrEPTECH inclusive and effective, we have Community Advisory Board members to help us along the way. They've provided their expertise and input to make sure PrEPTECH is confidential, stigma-free, and easy to use!

Aureliano Davila-Valente

Aureliano Davila-Valente is a 24 year old professional working with the SF Aids Foundation as a COVID-19 Case Investigator. They graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Gender and Sexuality studies. Working towards racial justice and health justice has always been their passion. They have been influenced by their work serving undocumented communities and tackling health disparities in the queer community. They want to continue advocating for health access and justice in promoting access and usage of PrEP. At the end of the day, Aureliano likes to watch makeup videos, cooking channels, and learning more on the environment. They love the outdoors (and truly miss it)!

Damone Thomas

Damone Thomas, the Treatment Education Specialist for Project Rise at APLA Health, got his first taste of HIV Advocacy as a volunteer when he was a high school student in Kingston, Jamaica where he was born and raised. In 2008 Damone worked behind the scenes in several different HIV organizations learning the mechanics of advocacy, which later helped him start his own organization. In September, just two months after the XIX International AIDS Conference of 2012, Damone started his own HIV Advocacy Campaign called Healing with Hope (HwH). Along with his online effort to promote awareness, he currently does HIV/STDs Testing & Counseling with John Wesley Community Health (JWCH) and Board Secretary for To Help Everyone (T.H.E) Health & Wellness Center.

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen is an 18 year old Senior at Tamalpais High School in the Bay Area. In addition to being Jewish, and a member of the queer community- Jake is a vocal advocate on and off campus for equity-related causes. From being an anti-racism educator within his school district (through the SOAR program), to raising awareness about queer-friendly sex-ed, Jewish issues, gun violence prevention and more-he has always had a particular passion for advocating alongside marginalized peoples. Outside of sewing elaborate outfits, doing drag, bickering with his twin brother and listening to old Joan Jett albums, Jake understands the value of intersectionality. Because of the progressive environment he was brought up in, Jake feels the responsibility he, as a more privileged member of the queer community, has to advocate for the safety, access to healthcare, and human rights of his LGBTQI+, and BIPOC queer siblings, all while being proud, visible, and unapologetic.

Deja Wright

Deja Wright graduated with their bachelor's degree in biopsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing a pre-medical internship at UCLA, they found a passion for research in health disparities, going on to intern at the Lab for Cultural Experiences In Prevention. Deja has since moved to Los Angeles, volunteering extensively with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and leading focus groups and "edutainment" events as a facilitator. Deja enjoys connecting with marginalized communities such as transgender and non-binary youth, working at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as an STI Tester and Research Assistant on the Healthy Young Men's Study. They currently help coordinate initiatives targeting issues affecting black & queer communities, such as Y2Prevent. Deja also is a community leader, advocating for community wellness through outreach, research, & advocacy. Outside of work they enjoy hanging with their hairless cat, cooking, and getting lost in a good scary movie!

Shane Richards

Shane Richards is a 26 year old LGBTQIA+advocate from West Palm Beach, Florida. He moved to Miami to start building his career in the public health field in 2019. 'The goal is give back to my community by being the person that I needed as a homeless youth,' Richard says, Shane is fascinated with youth services and uplifting the day black community. His wish is to open LGBTQIA+living facility for young people experiencing homelessness in South Florida. In Shane's free time he is developing an intimate wear line 'SO Intimate' which is expected to launch summer 2021.

Walter Rucker

Walter Rucker is the Associate Director of Program Operations at Pridelines. He has been working in the public health sphere with HIV in South Florida for 5 years. A current full-time Social Work major at FIU and seeking a minor in Public Administration, Walter is also preparing to launch his own non-profit, Brothers Changing Our Culture, focused on centering queer black folk in the fight for racial justice and equality.