Dázon Dixon Diallo, DHL, MPH, is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc., established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States.
Dázon is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, with, and on behalf of, communities of women and girls living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. She is a proud member of In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive justice in public health and prevention policies and programs.
Dr. Diallo is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Health Network, and she is a co-chair for the Act Now End AIDS National Coalition. Diallo was recently appointed to the NIH Office on AIDS Research Advisory Council.
She is a member of a few powerful networks including the Women-At-Risk Subcommittee of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, The Women’s HIV Research Collaborative (WHRC) and the Women’s Research Initiative (WRI) She has secured deep reach into a diverse local and regional community, for more than twenty-three years, as she has hosted a weekly radio program focused on black women, called “Sisters’ Time” on WRFG 89.3FM and in Atlanta. Dr. Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (C’97) and bachelor’s degree from Spelman College (C’86) in Atlanta. In 2012, Dr. Diallo had the distinct honor to receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College.
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Diallo has pioneered in the women’s HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice arena by: developing and implementing “Healthy Love”, a seminal prevention intervention that is now a part of the CDC’s National Compendium of Effective Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions; establishing the first transitional housing program for HIV positive women and children in the South; and engaging a long-term vision for HIV positive women’s leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting women’s human rights.
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She currently convenes the only national coalition of women focused on HIV and biomedical prevention, the US Women & PrEP Working Group. In 1999, Dixon Diallo opened a SisterLove program in South Africa where they are currently an implementer with the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, a public-private partnership led by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project focus is capacity building and program development for local women-led HIV/AIDS organizations. In 2016, Diallo created and convened the first bi-annual Summit called “WomenNOW!” where the focus is on the urgent need to tackle the intersections of HIV and Sexual/Reproductive Health & Rights among women of African descent on the Continent and in the Diaspora. She has been honored and humbled to receive numerous awards and recognitions over the 34 years she has been working in HIV/AIDS, and women’s health and human rights.
Dazon Dixon Diallo, Founder, and President of SisterLove, Inc., was among 30 celebrated Atlantans selected by WonderRoot to be featured on a mural located throughout Atlanta in time for SuperBowl visitors. WonderRoot wanted to leverage the national platform of the SuperBowl to give Atlantans a way to tell the city's story of struggle for civil rights, human rights, and social justice. The murals received international media attention and will remain up for three years. (Dazon's mural is located at 20 Marietta and Peachtree Streets.)