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HIV/AIDS
Section Newsletter
Spring 2009

Call for Applications

Call for Applications: The National Mentoring and Fellowship Program of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health. 

 

The Center is seeking applications from pre-doctoral and advanced masters’ students interested in careers in LGBT health research. The program connects students with expert faculty mentors from the national network of faculty of the Center.   Mentors are closely matched to students’ research interests and will assist students who are developing or working on a research project in the study of LGBT health or same-sex families/households.  An ideal candidate will have an interest in working with a mentor to better incorporate population health research methods and/or concerns in their projects.  Post-doctoral training and mentoring opportunties are also available through the Center.  Contact Aimee Van Wagenen (Avanwagenen@fenwayhealth.org) and visit fenwayhealth.org/populationcenter for more information.  Applications for pre-doctoral mentoring are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

 

Aimee Van Wagenen, PhD

Program Manager, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health

The Fenway Institute

Fenway Community Health

7 Haviland Street

Boston, MA 02115

www.thefenwayinstitute.org

fax: (617) 267-0764

tel. (direct): (617) 927-6348

avanwagenen@fenwayhealth.org

Congratulations Dr. Dodge

Dr. Brian Dodge has been awarded a R21 research grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled “Sexual Health Among Bisexual Men” for $425,000. Team members of this developmental research project include Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol (Department of Infectious Disease, IU School of Medicine), Dr. Michael Reece (IU Department of Applied Health Science, School of HPER), Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry (Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine), Dr. David Malebranche (Department of General Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine), and Mr. Omar Martinez (IU Schools of Law and HPER).

 

The aims of the study are: 1. To identify the individual and socio-cultural determinants related to their sexual interactions that increase risk of HIV acquisition through in-depth interviews with a diverse sample of bisexual men in an under-served area of the Midwestern United States (Indianapolis); 2. To evaluate the feasibility of engaging a diverse sample of bisexual men, in terms of recruitment and participation, in a multi-method study aimed at understanding the levels of risk to sexual health in order to inform a subsequent sexual health intervention; and 3. To acquire information useful for designing relevant, accessible, and culturally appropriate HIV/STI prevention information to be used in a subsequent grant proposal aimed at promoting sexual health for bisexual men via interventions tailored to the needs of these men.

 

The grant is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Join APHA in Pressing for Real Health Reform

This summer, APHA will be mobilizing members to advocate for meaningful health reform this year. With a new president and Congressional leaders committed to health reform, we have an opportunity to get quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

 

Congressional action on health reform appears to be moving quickly, with bills expected out of the Senate and then the House before the July Congressional recess and promises of votes on Capitol Hill before the August recess.  Leaders have stated their intent to get a combined House-Senate compromise bill to the president in the fall.

 

What does APHA want to see in health reform? A new 2009 Agenda for Health Reform has been developed and posted on the APHA Web site, along with a list of suggested questions to ask members of Congress about health reform. Go to: https://secure3.convio.net/apha/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=135

 

As would be expected for the world’s largest public health organization, APHA is emphasizing the need to achieve universal coverage for health care and take additional steps to optimize the nation’s health through health promotion and prevention programs. So the APHA Agenda for Health Reform is divided into two sections.

 

The first section lists measures need to “support population-based services that improve health.” Examples include prevention and early-intervention services at the individual and community levels, and strengthening of programs to reduce health disparities. One innovative proposal would establish health goals and outcomes, and then require an annual “State of the Nation’s Health” report to hold ourselves accountable.

 

The second section focuses on measures to “reform health care coverage and delivery.” It describes a vision of comprehensive health care for all this way: “All people living in this country should have comprehensive benefits, including evidence-based clinical preventive services, management of chronic diseases and conditions, behavioral health, dental and vision care, and reproductive health services, without restrictions in coverage due to pre-existing conditions.” I’ve added the emphasis on these benefits because it is important to our section that APHA’s Agenda for Health Reform has specifically included services we provide and support – both for people living with HIV/AIDS and to help prevent infection with HIV and other STDs.

 

As health reform moves through Congress, we will likely be faced with attempts from conservatives to exclude reproductive health services from coverage packages under health reform. We must work through APHA and our own organizations to resist this attempt. We must also oppose any efforts to enact new expansive “provider conscience” language in health reform bills, as has been requested by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We must work to ensure that reproductive health care is treated just like other types of health care in any reform bill, and is not singled out for exclusions.

How can you get involved in health reform efforts this year? The APHA’s Action Board, on which I represent our section, is planning activities during the summer Congressional recesses. APHA members and members of APHA affiliates from targeted states will be asked to meet with key members of Congress about health reform. These members are expected to include the Democratic chairs and Republican ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee (Max Baucus of Montana and Charles Grassley of Iowa) and Health Committee (Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Mike Enzi of Wyoming) and the Democratic chairs and ranking Republican members of three key House Committees: Ways and Means (Charles Rangel of New York and Dave Camp of Michigan), Energy and Commerce (Henry Waxman of California and Joe Barton of Texas) and Education and Labor (George Miller and Howard McKeon, both of California). In addition, other members of these same committees may be targeted, such as Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who is leading an effort in the Senate Finance Committee to develop a “public plan” option that would be included in health reform. APHA supports the inclusion of a public plan in health reform. Finally, APHA will be looking to educate leaders of the House and Senate, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

 

If you are a constituent of one of these key members of Congress and would like to volunteer to become involved in these Congressional meetings, please contact Susan Fulmer at SFinSC@aol.com She will help put you in touch with volunteers from state and local affiliates of APHA in order to form teams to make Congressional visits. If you cannot spare the time for such a meeting, you still can participate in APHA’s health reform activities by responding to APHA Action Alerts asking you to send e-mails to your members of Congress or make telephone calls to them. Please be on the alert for these messages about the need to include public health in the health reform debate and to support public health prevention measures. Our section has a keen interest in making sure health reform includes a full range of reproductive health services. We also want to increase Congressional support for pregnancy and STD prevention measures. So, it’s time to get active!

 

During the months of July and August, APHA is asking us to schedule meetings with our legislators in their district offices, participate in town hall meetings hosted by these legislators, and seek opportunities to ask questions of candidates running for office. If you are willing to meet with your Congressional representative during the summer, you should call right away to schedule an appointment, because their schedules fill up fast. Don’t know how to do this? Don’t know when your representative will be having town hall meetings? Check in regularly at the APHA Action Campaign Web site for news and updates: http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/advocacyACtionCampaign.htm.

 

As the Section’s representative to the Action Board, Lois Uttley will be helping to link section members with state public health associations that are arranging office visits to members of Congress over the summer. If you would like to be part of this effort in your state, please contact her at lois@mergerwatch.org.

 

Susan Fulmer

HIV/AIDS Section representative

APHA Action Board

 

HIV/AIDS Section Sessions

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

 

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

228.0

HIV/AIDS Leadership Meeting

 

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

267.0

HIV/AIDS Business Meeting

 

Monday, Nov. 9, 2009

 

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

3037.0

International HIV Research and Practice

3038.0

Critical Issues in HIV-Related Survelliance

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

3133.0

African-American Women and HIV

3134.0

Innovative Research on Sexual Health

 

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

3228.0

Comprehensive Approaches to Reducing HIV Among Adolescents

3229.0

HIV and Policy Issues

 

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

3272.0

Contemporary Issues in HIV Prevention and Care

3273.0

HIV and MSM

3274.0

Critical Issues in HIV Testing

3275.0

Adolescents and HIV

3276.0

Women and HIV: Emerging Issues

3277.0

HIV and Africa

3278.0

Other HIV/AIDS Topic Areas

 

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

3330.0

Innovative Responses to HIV and Africa

3331.0

Innovative Programs in HIV Care and Prevention

 

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

3420.0

Identities and HIV-Related Behaviors

3421.0

HIV and Water

 

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

 

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

4038.0

HIV Prevention in Africa

4039.0

Older Adults and HIV: Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Health

4040.0

HIV and Asia

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

4107.0

Transgender Issues and HIV

4108.0

HIV Prevention and Treatment among Latinos in the Southeast USA: Seven Studies from a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership

4109.0

Special Issues in HIV and Substance Abuse

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

4208.0

IDU and Innovative Approaches

4209.0

HIV/AIDS Research

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

4295.0

Critical Research in HIV Testing

 

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

4373.0

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

4374.0

Childhood Sexual Abuse among Adults at Risk for HIV

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

432.0

HIV/AIDS Business Meeting

 

8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

446.0

HIV/AIDS Social and Awards Ceremony

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

 

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

5009.0

Emerging Scholars in HIV-Related Research

5010.0

HIV in International Settings

5011.0

Mental Health and HIV

5012.0

Special Topics in HIV-Related Care

 

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

5112.0

Cultural Considerations for Reducing HIV among Diverse Communities of MSM

5113.0

Contemporary Issues in HIV Testing

 

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

5164.0

HIV/AIDS Research: Unmasking Disparities in the 21st Century

5165.0

Healthcare and Social Services for Individuals Living with HIV