Since 1979, the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins, in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered clinical training to health care providers offering services to individuals infected with or at risk for infection with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV.
Dr. Rompalo is a Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has joint appointments in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology and at the School of Public Health in the Divisions of Epidemiology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She is Medical Director of the CDC-sponsored Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)/HIV Prevention Training Center (PTC) at Johns Hopkins and works as an expert consultant to the American Indian Outreach Program.
She was previously the Medical Director of the Male Family Planning Training Center, the chair of the Women’s Task Force at JHU School of Medicine, the Medical Director of the Baltimore City Health Department’s STD Clinics, and Principal Investigator of the Baltimore site for the HIV Epidemiology Research Study (HERS), a nine-year longitudinal observation study of HIV infected women. She has more than 30 years of experience as a lecturer in the field of STD and HIV and is recognized as an international authority.
Since 1998, Dr. Rompalo has been an expert consultant, presenter and rapporteur for the CDC STD Treatment Guidelines; she formulated the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau response to the national syphilis elimination plan; consulted with the CDC in developing the Program Operations Guidelines for STD Prevention; and, continues to develop curriculum for the National Network of Prevention Training Centers.
Barbara Wilgus is the Program Administrator for the STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins since April 2016, and has been a member of Senior Staff in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1997. She is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Reproductive Health, STIs, and HIV.
She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1995. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she has provided STI treatment and HIV medical management for patients at Baltimore City Health Department and at Johns Hopkins, and has also been research clinician for studies including HPV treatment vaccine trials and vaginal microbiome cohorts.
She has provided HIV primary care for women at the Johns Hopkins Bartlett Specialty Practice since 2000, and currently serves as a preceptor and clinical mentor within the HIV Primary Care Certificate Program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Khalil Ghanem is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Division of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on reproductive tract infections- in particular syphilis and the vaginal microbiome.
He was a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the development of the 2010 and 2015 Adult Syphilis Treatment Guidelines. He is president-elect of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association.
Bambi Hamby is Assistant Training Coordinator for the PTC. Ms. Hamby has been with the PTC for more than three years. They are an essential member of the team and are responsible for much of the infrastructure. Their duties include collecting registration and evaluation data; consulting with the CDC data manager and the Evaluation Committee to prepare reports; preparing the PTC application, progress reports and budgets; managing invoices for faculty travel, honoraria, room rental and other required activities; preparing PTC contractual agreements; maintaining files and collecting the requisite paperwork for our consultants, and for legal and contractual requirements; assuring compliance with reporting guidelines from the CDC and other agencies; coordinating selected training activities; attending MATTCHES meetings, Region III meetings; and NNPTC calls.
They assist and assign STD Consults for the STDCCN PTC at Johns Hopkins. They work heavily as a sounding board for ideas as well as serve as a presenter during our trainings. Their work in the LGBTQ and Kink communities gives them a unique perspective and ability to drive home the importance of language to our trainees.
When not at work they spend their personal time working hands on to provide to the LGBTQ community as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence as well as facilitating sexuality education workshops for prepubescent individuals.
Jeanne Hoover is the Training Coordinator for the PTC. Ms. Hoover graduated from Radford University with a degree in Community Health. She worked as a Disease Intervention Specialist before working with the PTC.
She has worked in the STD field for over 32 years with more than 25 years of experience as a Training Coordinator with the PTC. She facilitates training programs, identifies faculty, evaluates training and faculty performance, teaches selected course units, represents the PTC at meetings, attends the Training Coordinator and NNPTC calls, and represents the PTC at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region III. Ms. Hoover oversees the continuing education program for the PTC, collects and analyzes course evaluation data, prepares evaluation reports, transmits required data to the CDC on a quarterly basis, facilitates contractual agreements with outside educational institutions, and maintains the registration database. She manages the contract for the microscopes for the Baltimore City Health Department STD Clinics and PTC Training Lab. Additionally, she is adjunct faculty in the PA Programs at both Anne Arundel Community College and Towson University.
She oversees the process for payment of all independent contractors working with the PTC and is the point person for contracts. She assists and assigns STD Consults for the STDCCN PTC at Johns Hopkins. Ms. Hoover also was Adolescent Sexual Health Fellow through the National Quality Improvement Center of the NNPTC from 2017-2018 and provide oversight for QI projects for the PTC.