Justin Smith is the Director of the Campaign to End AIDS at Positive Impact Health Centers in Atlanta, GA where he helped to develop and implement the Ending the HIV Epidemic strategy for Metro Atlanta. He currently serves as a member of the Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory board and is the Co-chair of the Stigma and Disparities subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
For the last 20 years, Justin has worked in a variety of capacities in LGBTQ health and HIV research, focusing primarily on improving our understanding of the social determinants of HIV among marginalized communities in the United States, particularly Black gay and bisexual men. Previously, he worked in the Division of HIV Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Justin’s research has been published in some of the leading academic journals in public health, and he has presented frequently at professional conferences addressing HIV. His writings and commentary on issues at the intersections of public health, sexuality, and popular culture have appeared in media outlets including The Washington Post,CNN, NPR,WIRED, Capital B,The Daily Beast, Propublica, Al-Jazeera, and CNP’s The Reckoning.
Justin holds an MS in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences from Emory University, an MPH in Health Behavior from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an AB in Sociology and Community Health from Brown University.