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World AIDS Day 2021: 40 Years of HIV Epidemic

A Reflection from HIV/AIDS Section Leadership

On this World AIDS Day (December 1, 2021), our Section is reflecting on the 40-year journey of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year's theme is, "End inequalities. End AIDS." Although significant advances have been made in biomedical and behavioral strategies to help us end the HIV epidemic, we still have much work to do to achieve those goals of ending HIV-related inequalities and HIV epidemic. The APHA HIV/AIDS Section is committed to supporting the research, policies, and advocacy that will move us toward "getting to zero." We are dedicated to Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and will continue to invest in cutting edge HIV/AIDS research, innovative policy, and advocacy approaches, and to support improving practice efforts across the globe. When taken together, each integral area combines into a powerful, comprehensive approach. In the words of UNAIDS this World AIDS Day, let us continue our work together to End Inequalities. Ends AIDS. End Pandemics.

Our Section is contributing to ending the epidemic through the creation of a new program. This year our Section announced a new Fellows Program which is named in memory of Ms. Susan L. Fulmer of Columbia, South Carolina, who passed away on December 16, 2018. Susan was a fierce HIV prevention and care advocate at local, state, and national levels. She was also a longtime member of the HIV/AIDS Section with leadership service and accomplishments that included Section Chair, Governing Councilor, Section Councilor, and co-authorship of an APHA policy statement advocating for sexuality education in comprehensive health education in K-12 schools.

The Susan L. Fulmer APHA HIV/AIDS Section Fellowship will provide support to Students and Early-Career Professional Section members who seek to engage in a yearlong intensive, competitive research skills development program.

The Fellowship aims to further the mission of APHA:

1) improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status and
2) enhance professional development among HIV/AIDS Section members. Mentorship is a foundational component of the HIV/AIDS Section Fellowship.

Participants/mentees will be paired with mentors- senior-level research investigators and scientists based upon mutual research interests and goals. Mentor-mentee pairs are expected to participate in activities that enhance research related skills-building, professional networking, and program implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS related project. Mentees will take part in the HIV/AIDS scientific program at the APHA annual meeting and are expected to deliver an oral presentation of their project findings. Each year, two student-level and two early career professional-level candidates will be invited to participate in the Fellowship. Successful Fellows are offered a $500 stipend and acknowledgement award at the 2021 Annual meeting.

Our inaugural fellows for this year will be announced soon! Please join us in wishing them much success this coming year. We are looking forward to their innovative projects and to the work of our future fellows and mentors. Also, we will be sharing application instructions and deadlines for next year soon.

Many of you already make donations to various worthy organizations for the holiday season. On behalf of the HIV/AIDS Section Leadership, I would ask you to consider adding the HIV/AIDS Section to your end-of-year donations. The Section enrichment fund ensures we are able to continue to sustain and eventually grow our new mentorship program and fellowship opportunities, as well as helps us provide scholarships for those who may not have institutional support to attend APHA Annual Meetings.

Please consider supporting us by clicking here to give to our Section enrichment fund. Any amount helps us continue to grow.

We, the members of the APHA HIV/AIDS Section, are resolute in our commitment to making major contributions to HIV prevention, treatment, and advocacy. As we move forward, we need and value your participation. It is only through our collective efforts that we can maximize our impact on the HIV epidemic, domestically and globally.

Best Regards,
Your APHA HIV/AIDS Section Leadership