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SAAPHI Webinar: “Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”

3 Mar


The SAAPHI Scientific Committee hosts a series of webinars to help public health professionals and students learn about innovative approaches to minority health research.  This is the first webinar planned for this year.  Please see below and the attached flyer for details.

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) presents
“Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM (EST)
Guest Speaker
Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Center for Health Equity Research
Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Bridgette M. Brawner graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she was selected as the University’s inaugural Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow immediately upon completion of her doctoral degree. Dr. Brawner has worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in 2005, specializing in working with children and families.


Dr. Brawner is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the standing faculty in both the Center for Health Equity Research and the Center for Global Women’s Health. She is passionate about urban women’s physical and mental health, and works toward sexual health promotion in disenfranchised communities. Her motto is “changing the world, one community at a time”. Dr. Brawner’s unique, multi-method lines of inquiry integrate innovative methodologies–such as GIS mapping and biobehavioral measures–to answer complex questions. Her current HIV prevention work takes a novel, multi-level approach to better understand risk contexts and intervene across individual, social and structural levels.

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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: HIV: New East Bay program gives prevention pill to high-risk youths

23 Jul

The University of California Office of the President’s HIV/AIDS Research Program is funding the distribution of Truvada, a drug that helps prevent HIV, to high risk groups in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The program will also include regular monitoring for reactions to the drug, peer discussion groups stressing the importance of safe sex, and an array of sexual health services.

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HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES – Women and HIV: A story of racial and ethnic health disparities

9 Jul


Women are 25% more likely to contract the disease than men, and 1 in 32 African American women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 526 Caucasian women. 

Researchers at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS are studying the cause behind these disparities in the rates for HIV. They have found deeper cultural and societal causes that complicate even straightforward programs such as promoting condom use: “Promoting condom use also is critical for African-American women who are living in communities with a high HIV prevalence. However, Calabrese says, this effort can be complicated by factors such as the scarcity of partners due to high rates of incarceration and premature deaths among African-American males in the United States, both of which can contribute to a woman’s willingness to forgo condom use in order to maintain a sexual partnership.”

A greater risk of intimate partner violence (including rape) in African American communities also leads to higher rates of HIV, which is another social factor that needs to be addressed before steps can be made to reduce the disparity.

Read the full story at: -of-racial-and-ethnic-health-disparities.html