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Columbia’s World AIDS Day Activities

Mailman School Panel: “HIV & Ebola: Fear versus Evidence”

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Mailman School’s ICAP hosted “HIV & Ebola: Fear versus Evidence,” a talk on the similarities, differences, lessons learned. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP and professor of epidemiology and medicine. Members of the panel included Dr. Emmanuel d’Harcourt, International Rescue Committee; Ms. Sheri Fink of The New York Times;

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[Photo: Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr]

Mr. Gregg Gonsalves, co-director, Yale Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School & Yale School of Public Health; Mr. Imam Soleimane Konate, Masjid Aqsa, Harlem; and Dr. Jay K. Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dean Linda P. Fried made introductory remarks.

A World AIDS Day Q&A with Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr

In a Q&A, ICAP Director Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr discusses efforts to close the gap in HIV/AIDS testing and treatment and also points to the lessons HIV can offer in the fight against Ebola. Read here.

Dr. Robert Fullilove Speaks at Harlem Hospital and UNC’s Center for AIDS Research

Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor of Sociomedical Sciences, was a featured presenter at the Annual AIDS Day Event at Harlem Hospital on Wednesday, December 3. Dr. Fullilove was also a discussant at World AIDS Day events at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) on Friday, December 5. Organized by CFAR’s Criminal Justice Working Group, members of the panel, who included representatives from the state prison system, academia, and community service sector, reviewed data revealing incarceration to be a social force that facilitates HIV transmission. Previously, Dr. Fullilove spoke at a UNC TED talk on “Did Mass Incarceration Create the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Black Community.” Dr. Fullilove has also been a frequent guest lecturer on HIV/AIDS as part of the Bard Prison Initiative’s Citizen Science Lecture Series/ Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE).

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[Photo: Dr. Robert Fullilove]

Project STAY– Screening and Treatment for High-Risk Youth

Adolescents and young adults of color are disproportionately affected by HIV. In response, the Mailman School of Public Health, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center, and with

support provided by the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute and the Deerfield Foundation, has created Project STAY (Services to Assist Youth). Under the direction of Dr. Alwyn Cohall, professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School and professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, Project STAY provides sexual health education, risk reduction, STi/HIV screening and treatment services to high-risk youth; and comprehensive medical and psychosocial services youth living with HIV. In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Project STAY staff will be conducting workshops and testing events at local high schools, colleges and community-based organizations serving vulnerable youth.

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[Photo: Dr. Alwyn Cohall]

Dr. Richard Parker Chairs Advisory Council of New Global AIDS Initiative

Dr. Richard Parker, professor of sociomedical sciences, will be participating in the launch of a new initiative, Global AIDS Policy Watch (GAPW), which seeks to monitor policymaking related to the global HIV epidemic and to advocate for more effective policies and programs. The initiative has a special emphasis on perspectives from the global South, where the epidemic has had its greatest impact.  Dr. Parker serves as chair of its Advisory Council.

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[Photo: Dr. Richard Parker]