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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

LSU Faculty Named National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors Board Chair

Dr. DeAnn Gruber, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health Faculty in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences  has been named the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) board chair.

[Photo: Dr. DeAnn Gruber]

NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors) is a non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Pacific Islands. NASTAD also supports partner governments in Africa, the Central America region, and the Caribbean region.

On May 25, Dr. Gruber was recognized with the 2016 NASTAD Program Excellence Award for outstanding and innovative work to elevate, examine, and counter the effects of institutional racism in public health practice in Louisiana.

Dr. Gruber is faculty at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and also serves as Administrative Director of the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Her work is centered in the STD/HIV Program since 2010 and has been with the Office of Public Health’s HIV program since 2003. She has been faculty at the LSUHSC SPH since 2004. Her experience includes more than 25 years in the HIV field.

“Dr. Gruber’s experience in public health and HIV work, as well as her public health and research background, make her exceptionally qualified to serve as our next board chair at a moment in time when advances in science, public health, and community practice have converged to reveal a realistic opportunity to focus resources and policies to bring the United States, and countries abroad, closer to eliminating new HIV and hepatitis infections,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Murray Penner (NASTAD).

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