North Carolina Public Health Association’s 2013 Fall Educational Conference in Asheville
1) Bass Connections:
Presenter: Lillie Reed, Exploring Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence
in Durham’s Immigrant Latino Community to Inform Intervention Development
Authors: Lillie Reed, Kristen Sullivan, PhD, MSW, Morgan Barlow, MPH,
Karmel Wong (Duke psychology PhD student)
2) Student Research Training Program:
Presenter: Rebecca Cray, poster session, Evaluation of Student Action with
Farmworkers ³Into the Fields² Theater Program
Authors: Rebecca Cray, Erin Leyson, and Kristen Sullivan, PhD, MSW
3) Presenter: Alice Pollard (CHPIR NC-LINK & Guide to Healing MSW/MPH
Intern, UNC student whose MSW/MPH internship I supervised this summer),
Retaining and Re-Engaging Patients in HIV Care in NC HIV Clinics: An
Assessment of Efforts in NC HIV Clinics
Authors: Alice Pollard, MSW, MPH, Miriam Berger, MPH, Kristen Sullivan,
PhD, MSW, Byrd Quinlivan, MD, and Jacquelyn Clymore, MS
APPCNC will host its Annual Conference on May 14-16, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Greensboro in Greensboro, NC.
Request for Proposals
We are now accepting proposals for our 2014 statewide conference. The conference attracts approximately 200 professionals each year from North Carolina and beyond. We are seeking workshop presenters on a broad range of topics related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent parenting, and reproductive health. Conference participants will be interested in workshops that offer concrete ideas, methods, and resources that they can incorporate into their own work.
Contact Melinda DeJongh for more information.
Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, assistant research professor of global health in the Duke Global Health Institute and the Duke Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research, has been awarded a five-year $2.48 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test an integrated model of alcohol treatment for patients with hepatitis C. The integrated model includes brief alcohol counseling from the patient’s hepatologist, collaboration between hepatologists and addictions therapists co-located in the liver clinic, and six months of individual and group therapy primarily focusing on alcohol use and liver health. This integrated model will be compared against brief alcohol counseling from the patient’s hepatologist and referral to the Duke Addictions Program. The study will occur in three clinics: the Duke Liver Clinic, the UNC Liver Clinic, and the Durham VA Liver Clinic.
In collaboration with El Centro Hispano, CHPIR Faculty (Drs. Sara LeGrand, Kristen Sullivan and Kristen Shirey) and CHPIR project coordinator (Morgan Barlow) worked with several students at Duke University in order to research intimate partner violence in the Durham Latino community, resulting in the poster below.
Editors Note: The writing below originally appeared in the Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) September 2013 Newsletter. The Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) promotes the collaboration and coordination of AIDS-related research by supporting the scientific needs of the basic and clinical research community at Duke.
Spotlight on mHealth Research
mHealth is a rapidly growing field that has tremendous potential to expand and enhance HIV prevention and care. Mobile phones have been used to increase linkage and retention in HIV care, improve adherence to HIV treatment regimens and expand and enhance HIV prevention and testing services worldwide. Though most mHealth HIV interventions to date have relied on text messaging (SMS), increased smartphone use creates opportunities to deliver complex, interactive, and tailored interventions via the mobile web or software applications.
My research is focused on the ways mobile devices can be used to reach individuals with limited up-take of HIV prevention and treatment services due to geographic barriers, high levels of stigma, and lack of social support. I am currently working on two US-based studies to address the HIV prevention and treatment needs of young Black men who have sex with men (BMSM). Our research team, led by Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (PI), has developed an inter- net and mobile phone-based intervention for HIV+ and HIV- BMSM to reduce sexual risk behaviors, create positive norms around health behaviors, promote health and wellness, and provide a platform for community-building. Pilot studies have shown preliminary efficacy of the intervention and we plan to recruit participants for a randomized control trial in the coming months. We are also conducting a study to develop a mobile app for BMSM using gaming and social networking features to improve HIV medication adherence.
While current evidence suggests that mHealth interventions can improve HIV care and treatment, researchers will need to address questions around participant engagement, durability of effects, and scalability in the coming years. I look forward to collaborating with other CFAR researchers who are interested in answering these questions and moving the field forward.
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Alice Pollard, our fabulous MSW/MSPH graduate student intern, will be presenting at the NC Public Health Association next Thursday, September 19th at 4 pm in Asheville. Alice’s presentation is titled, “Retaining and Re-Engaging Patients in HIV Care in NC HIV Clinics: An Assessment of Efforts in NC HIV Clinic.”
World Mental Health Day Commemoration
OCTOBER 10, 20134:00pm – 6:00pm Trent Semans, Great Hall Room A
Join the Duke community for a documentary screening followed by a faculty-moderated discussion. All faculty, staff and students are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
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4 p.m.: Welcome
4:05 p.m.: Begin documentary screening “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health.”
5 p.m.: Moderated discussion and reception begin
6 p.m.: Program concludes
This event is co-sponsored by Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Department of Psychology and Neurosciences, and Duke Global Health Institute. For questions and comments contact Agata Rocka Stadiem at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.668.4036.
About “Hidden Pictures” documentary:
Filmmaker Ruston experienced the silence that surrounds mental illness from her own family experience (as seen in the Award winning film, UNLISTED).When she learns that 450 million people globally have a mental health condition she realizes their plight is the most hidden of all. How are people accepted or rejected? What is mental health care like? Who is helping?
In HIDDEN PICTURES Ruston takes us on her journey to answer these questions, uncovering deeply personal stories in India, South Africa, China, France, and the US. Powerful narratives involving bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety, show the universality of our seemingly different worlds.
Through arresting images and poignant verite scenes, the film explores questions such as how do families cope in countries where 80% of people with mental illness go without treatment? What happens when cultural framing of mental illness conflicts with potentially more effective treatments? How can a person be involuntary hospitalized with no right to appeal, as is the case in half the world?
The film ends with an exciting exploration of how people around the world are leading transformational programs to improve the mental health landscape. From the classroom in an international school to the set of Good Morning America with politician Patrick Kennedy, to a new anti-stigma campaign by American actress, Glenn Close campaign, Bring Change 2 Mind, we witness individuals from all backgrounds speaking out for change. What emerge are scenes of true compassion that remind us that we all have the power to help make the hidden pictures of mental illness be a thing of the past.
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CHPIR intern, Alice Pollard (MSW, MSPH), will give a presentation based upon the work of NC-LINK on Thursday, September 19th at the North Carolina Public Health Association Fall Educational Conference in Asheville. Her presentation (abstract available below) is entitled Patients in HIV Care in NC Clinics: An Assessment of Efforts in NC HIV Clinics. For more information about the conference, including the agenda, please visit www.ncpha.com.
Patients in HIV Care in NC Clinics: An Assessment of Efforts in NC HIV Clinics
Routine medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) is critical for
improving individual health outcomes and reducing HIV transmission. However,
many PLWHA who are initially linked to medical care do not remain engaged. HRSA
defines engagement in HIV care as attending 2 HIV medical appointments annually,
at least 3 months apart. Only 44% (11,006) of PLWHA in NC accessed at least one
care visit in 2011. Of those who had a visit, 30% were not retained in care.1
Recent efforts at the national level have concentrated on retaining more PLWHA in
consistent, quality medical care and re-engaging those lost-to-care. Similarly in
North Carolina, HIV clinics across the state have employed a variety of
strategies to retain and re-engage HIV patients in care. NC-LINK is a multi-year
project, funded through HRSA, with the goal of increasing the number of PLWHA in
care by creating systems linkages across the HIV care continuum in North Carolina.
In an effort to understand current retention and re-engagement activities in North
Carolina, NC-LINK investigators are conducting phone interviews with staff
from approximately 15 HIV clinics. This presentation provides a snapshot of our
findings, highlighting the retention and re-engagement efforts in clinics;
the similarities and differences between clinics; and identifying strengths and gaps
in retention and re-engagement activities. Improved understanding of current
retention and re-engagement activities will provide direction for future efforts at
the clinic, regional, and state level, and facilitate sharing of promising practices
to improve engagement in care.
1. North Carolina Division of Public Health Epidemiology Section. EpiNotes. 2013. http://epi.publichealth.nc.