Monkeypox Town Hall: Wednesday, July 27 @ West Hollywood City Council Chambers

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the number of monkeypox infections tops 120 in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Blade and more than a dozen community partners are hosting a special monkeypox town hall on Wednesday July 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to answer questions and offer insights from a panel of experts.

City Hall’s need is driven in part by the lack of a unified approach to containment and prevention.

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA28) warned in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday, July 19 that more needed to be done:

“I strongly encourage HHS to develop and implement a comprehensive, long-term strategy to combat the spread of monkeypox virus in the United States. The skyrocketing cases and limited vaccine supply around the world suggest that the monkeypox virus will continue to spread for years, if not indefinitely.The HIV crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have demonstrated that it is essential for public health officials to be forward-thinking in the combating the spread of viral infections – especially where marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQ+ community, are hardest hit It is imperative that HHS consider, develop, and implement a public health strategy that will ensure access to monkeypox testing, vaccination, treatment and provider training for years to come.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for the community to step into the conversation and ensure our voices are heard, we are fully informed and we activate our support networks to help reduce the likelihood of disaster. “, said LA Blade Publisher Troy Masters. “We are a heroic community with a history of battling pandemic-related health issues. But we need clarity on Monkeypox and this town hall is an opportunity to do so.


Monkeypox Town Hall – West Hollywood


Wednesday July 27 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd 90069

Additionally, City Hall will air live on Spectrum Cable Channel 10 in West Hollywood, streamed live (and available for future viewing) on ​​the city’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at wehotv, and streamed live on AppleTV, Amazon FireTV. , AndroidTV, Roku platforms by searching “WeHoTV”. It will also be broadcast live by sponsor entities.

WHO: The panel includes epidemiologists from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the LA County Department of Public Health, a recently recovered patient, prevention experts and representatives from LGBT community clinics and prevention advocates. Biographies below.

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The Los Angeles Blade partnered with the City of West Hollywood and more than a dozen LGBTQ and HIV nonprofit groups to host City Hall: JYNNEOS (Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine preventative), AIDS Healthcare Foundation, California Libraries, Ariadne Getty Foundation, Equality California, Los Angeles LGBT Center, APLA, Grindr, TransLatin @ Coalition, APAIT, Latino Equality Alliance,, In The Meantime Men’s Group, The WeHo Times are among the sponsors.



West Hollywood resident and one of KTLA’s rising star general assignment reporters, Fenoglio will host the two-hour panel. Fenoglio recently hosted KTLA’s coverage of WeHo Pride. As someone with a medical background who has done extensive reporting on the Covid-19 crisis in Los Angeles, he has watched the emerging Monkeypox crisis closely.

Panelists (planned to date)

Monkeypox panel


Matthew J. Mimiaga is a professor and vice chair of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is also the director of the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health (C-LARAH). His research program focuses on improving health disparities and health equity among diverse populations at risk of HIV infection, such as marginalized and disenfranchised groups vulnerable to disparities. health or stigmatized conditions, including sexual and gender minorities, racial/ethnic minorities and other socially, politically, economically and/or environmentally disadvantaged groups.


Dr. Leo Moore is Medical Director of Clinical Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees 8 public health centers across the county that specialize in HIV prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and refugee health. He is an MD from Morehouse School of Medicine, completed his primary care internal medicine residency at Yale University School of Medicine, and is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program through which he completed his MSc. in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dr. Andrea Kim is director of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. His role in combating vaccine misinformation, particularly during the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and his lucid explanation of their role in prevention is well known. During the recent period of low vaccine inventory, Dr. Kim announced the eligibility requirements, which include people who have recently dated or worked in a place of commercial sex as well as gay or bisexual men and transgender people. who have certain diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases, always follow state and federal guidelines to “prioritize those most at risk.” She is an epidemiologist with 25 years of experience in disease surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory science programs.


Matt Ford is an actor, writer and video producer who divides his time between West Hollywood and New York. He recently recovered from monkey pox after being quarantined at his home in Los Angeles under a court order. He became one of the first patients in the world to go public with his diagnosis and was featured by media around the world, explaining the hardships it imposed on his life. He recently used his voice to call out the FDA and CDC for their slow rollout of the massive JYNNEOS vaccine supply and tecovirimat (TPOXX) treatment.


Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH, has worked in HIV and STD prevention since 1987 and is the co-founder of Building Healthy Online Communities, a partnership of public health leaders and dating app owners, which aims to support male sexual health GBT is looking for new partners online. He is known for his work on AIDS at the World Health Organization, the Catalonia AIDS Prevention Program and the California STD Control Branch.


Alexander Goncalvez is currently the senior director of AHF’s Public Health Division, where he oversees testing and wellness programs nationwide. He has worked in HIV in Los Angeles for the past 21 years and operates AHF programs in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, providing free HIV/STD testing and treatment services through of AHF wellness clinics, mobile testing units and stationary services. site testing. For the past two years, Mr. Goncalvez’s team has also organized and implemented AHF’s COVID vaccination program.


Mariana Marroquin will represent the Trans Wellness Center at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The Trans Wellness Center is the first of its kind in Los Angeles and the nation, providing a safe place and resources for transgender and non-binary people. As part of the world’s largest LGBTQ community center and one of the strongest LGBTQ and HIV clinic systems in the Los Angeles area, Marroquin’s leadership helps provide vital healthcare resources to our community.

About Los Angeles Blade

The Los Angeles Blade is LA’s largest LGBTQ+ news outlet and the most visited LGBTQ+ newspaper website in the country. The newspaper is a publication partner of the Washington Blade (DC) and is the only LGBTQ+ media member of the White House Press Corps. Troy Masters is the publisher of the Los Angeles Blade and Brody Levesque is the publisher.

About the City of West Hollywood

Since its incorporation in 1984, the city of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the country for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. No other city of its size has had a greater impact on national public policy discourse on equity and inclusion for LGBTQ people. More than 40% of West Hollywood residents identify as LGBTQ, and three out of five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay. The city has been advocating for action that supports LGBTQ people for nearly four decades and the city is at the forefront of efforts to achieve and protect equality for all at the state, national and international levels.

For reporters and members of the media who would like additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood Public Information Officer, Sheri A.Lunnat (323) 848-6391 or [email protected]

For reporters and members of the media who would like additional information about City Hall or the Los Angeles Blade, please contact Trojan Masterseditor, at [email protected] or by cell (917) 406-1619.

As an indoor in-person event, the use of masks is highly recommended. The city is following guidelines set by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which announced that LA County has entered the high community level of COVID-19, with the Omicron BA.5 variant becoming the dominant variant. , which may have an increased ability to escape. immunity.

The event is open to the press and public, but you must register here to attend:

Sent by AHF on behalf of LA Blade and other participants to Monkeypox Town Hall

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