Irwin Royster

Title:
Chairman, Sexually Transmitted Disease Community Coalition

Mr. Royster came to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW) with over fifteen years experience in the financial services and sales industry including corporate customer service, community development, and retail banking administration at CitiBank, First Union National Bank and Bank of America. He has extensive experience in community building, development and training and assisted three years ago in the development and implementation of PPMW's first Teen Clinic located east of the Anacostia River. He continues to oversee recruitment of youth participants in Teen Clinic sessions and group workshops; training of Youth Health Messengers; the Title X HIV Integration Program grant; street outreach activities, including after-hours HIV/AIDS and STI information distribution and testing of very high-risk young adult populations.

He currently serves as the co-chair of the D.C. Department of Health's STD Control Program's STD Community Coalition. He is also a member of the District of Columbia HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (CPG) and serves on the Community Advisory Board of Children's National Medical Center's Connect to Protect program, a nationwide HIV/AIDS prevention program aimed at adolescents. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland and ultimately plans to earn a Master's of Public Health. As Outreach Director of PPMW, Mr. Royster has been integral to this new initiative's exponential growth:

Since 2003, the number of teens served aged 12-25 years has increased from 508 the first year, to 569 the second year and to 781 the third year, surpassing all D.C. Teen Clinic goals in each consecutive year.
In 2005, PPMW added three more teen clinics per month, from 2 to 5, including 4 weekly "Tuesdays-R-4-Teenz Only" sessions.
Launched a popular website, 4teensonly.com, developed by and for teens.