UNC CFAR Spring 2017 Networking Event

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Congressman David Price

On May 8, 2017, the UNC CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Core hosted the Spring 2017 Networking Event. The theme of this month’s event was “HIV Research that Reaches Policymakers: Part I with Congressman David Price D-NC-04”.

David Price represents North Carolina’s Fourth District – a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes parts of Orange, Durham, and Wake counties. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system. Price currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Appropriations subcommittees covering homeland security, State Department, and foreign operations funding.

Congressman Price addresses attendees at the Networking Event

Congressman Price addresses attendees at the Networking Event

Congressman Price shared his perspective on how researchers can best focus their outreach efforts to inform policy makers about their research findings and shared personal examples of how he used research to inform policy.  He also shared the importance of having a broad viewpoint on health issues and working as a coalition to advocate for funding.

Following the talk, Dr. Ronald Strauss, Administrative Core Consultant for the UNC CFAR, moderated a question & answer session with Congressman Price and attendees. Attendees posed questions around the future of HIV research and prevention, with a specific focus on PrEP and HIV in the South. Congressman Price emphasized the importance of community partnerships and well-developed grassroots outreach efforts. Price discussed the value of seeking funding through the ACA to promote research and further inquiry in the field of health maintenance, diagnosis and wellness. A strong emphasis was placed on developing positive working relationships with community health centers, and Price encouraged attendees to think strategically about how we support the work of those combatting health challenges outside of the HIV/AIDS field. Congressman Price articulated that the most lasting impact is made when researchers work cooperatively to address health disparities. He encouraged attendees to connect with national advocacy groups like the Non-Defense Discretionary (NDD) United, an alliance of stakeholders from across the non-defense sectors, to call for a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this event with Congressman Price in the fall!

PrEParing for the Future: An Update on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Speaker: Christopher Hurt, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases
UNC School of Medicine

Christopher B. Hurt, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Over the past several years, Dr. Hurt has worked extensively on issues related to the expansion of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services in North Carolina. He established the UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic’s PrEP program in 2014 and coordinates PrEP-related education and outreach efforts of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center (NCATEC), housed at UNC. Dr. Hurt also serves as the site principal investigator for HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Study 083, the first study to compare oral PrEP to a long-acting, injectable medication (the integrase inhibitor, cabotegravir) for HIV prevention in at-risk men who have sex with men and transgender women. 

Special Note: This Friday Morning Conference will be presented as a North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center (NCATEC) event and advanced registration is requested. Registration is free and simple and involves filling out an online Participant Information Form, the brief documentation required by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration). For questions about registration or general questions about the NCATEC, please contact Megan Katsaounis mkats@med.unc.edu.

Friday Morning ID/CFAR Conference: HIV and STD Epidemiology in North Carolina

October 7, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
1131 Bioinformatics
UNC Campus (directions)

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
UNC School of Medicine

Please click here to fill out a quick registration form.

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC’s School of Medicine. She specializes in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) care and prevention; HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and linkage to and retention in care. She sees people living with HIV and people at high risk for becoming infected, including the transgender population, two days a week off campus.

Dr. Swygard is a medical epidemiologist and consultant for special projects with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services HIV/STD care branch. She is medical director of UNC’s annual HIV conference, which draws 400 providers from across the state. Dr. Swygard recently served as the medical director for the inaugural Injecting Drug User Health summit, which was hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Asheville.

Dr. Eron Receives Red Ribbon Award

Bruce Curran, right, serves on the board of the NC Community AIDS Fund. He presented Joe Eron, MD, with the group’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Joseph Eron is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC and the Director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Clinical Core. The North Carolina Community AIDS Fund bestowed its outstanding achievement award to him this spring in recognition of “outstanding individual effort and personal sacrifice” for serving “in a variety of roles helping individuals in NC who are HIV positive and living with AIDS.”

“The North Carolina Community AIDS Fund Red Ribbon Award was given to Dr. Eron in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his New England Journal of Medicine paper that was published on the first combination therapy study with AZT/3TC in treatment naive patients,” says Bruce Curran, member of the NCCAF Advisory Board. “That publication was one of the major turning points in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”

Read more here…

2015 HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference

Quinton and Claire Stronger TogetherOctober 3, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winston Salem State University
Winston Salem, NC

This conference brings together hundreds of North Carolina researchers, activists, and community members for a full-day of educational programming, advocacy training, and opportunities for networking. For more information and conference registration, visit the website.