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The AETC Capitol Region Telehealth "Power Podcast" series allows you to listen to experts in the field from your computer or mobile device. Designed for the busy professional, you can learn about cultural competence in the treatment of HIV/AIDS from your office or "On-The-Go."

Clinical and Behavioral Characteristics of Adults Receiving Medical Care for HIV Infection: Part II

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Case Study Discussion: from HU CRTP Case Study Bank

The Departments work collaboratively to address the stubborn issue of HIV in their region. It appears that while HIV incidence and prevalence rates are significantly being lowered nationwide, the same cannot be said for the region since incidence has begun to steadily rise during the past 15 months. Howard University (HU) was asked to investigate this matter and help identify the causative factors and develop a region-specific intervention.

Prior to investigating the matter, the HU Principal Investigator contacted her colleague from the National Government Surveillance Project (NGSP) for assistance in helping to design and implement the formative, process and outcome evaluations for this endeavor.

One expected outcome from this effort is additional funding for the region to help thwart this unexpected growth.

About the Speaker

Dr. Janet Blair, PHD, MPH, is an epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) and has been a Project Officer for the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) since August 2007. She received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (USC), and her MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health. She began her CDC career in 1998 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in DHAP and was a staff epidemiologist and Project Officer in DHAP from 2000 – 2003 for numerous domestic HIV/AIDS projects, including the HIV/AIDS Reporting System, the Adult/Adolescent Spectrum of HIV Disease (ASD) study, and the Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance (SHAS) project.

From 2003-2007, she worked in the Epidemiology Program Office at CDC where she supervised EIS officers assigned to state and local health departments. Prior to joining CDC, she was an epidemiologist in the HIV Epidemiology Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She has published several articles in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include women's health, minority health issues, and health disparities.