Responding to the Rising Rates of Congenital Syphilis in Indigenous Communities | April 12, 2022

We welcome you to join Indian Country ECHO in partnership with the IHS National STD Program for Grand Rounds focused on congenital syphilis. In this series of presentations, moderated by Dr Jean Howe, IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Ob/Gyn, Dr Aliza Machefsky and Dr Melanie Taylor will highlight best practices for responding to the rise of congenital syphilis rates in Indigenous communities. Then, Dr Sophina Calderon will share the story of how their facility recognizes, responds to and prevents congenital syphilis. This one-hour Grand Rounds session includes an opportunity to engage in a didactic presentation, become part of a learning community, and join an Infectious Disease ECHO program.

To join, simply click here at the time of the event, April 12th at 10am PT:

Recording will be made available following the session

Presenter Bio:

Aliza Machefsky | Melanie Taylor | Sophina Calderon

Dr. Aliza Machefsky is the Gilstrap fellow within the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. In this role, she provides subject matter expertise on congenital syphilis screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Aliza completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Louis University. She holds an MD from Drexel University College of Medicine and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Melanie Taylor is a Medical Epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of STD Prevention. Dr. Taylor also holds the rank of Captain with the United States Public Health Service and is a medical officer with the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, STI Programme, serving as the WHO Co-secretariat for the global elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her internal medicine residency, infectious disease fellowship, and Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She maintains clinical board certifications in internal medicine and infectious disease and certification with the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). Her recent publications focus on STI surveillance and prevention of congenital syphilis.

Dr. Sophina Manheimer Calderon is Diné (Navajo) from Tuba City, Arizona and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She obtained her medical degree at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. She trained as a family physician with an emphasis in women’s health and global health. Dr. Sophina Calderon currently works in multiple clinical settings at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. She is the Chief of Staff and is the co-chair for the Medical Staff Credentialing Subcommittee. She is the HIV officer for TCRHCC providing subspecialized HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention for adults and adolescents on the Western Navajo Nation.

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Date added: April 10, 2022

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