Stempel Faculty and Students Contribute to National Nursing Conference

Inge Corless & Bill Darrow ANAC 2014Faculty and students of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work supported our colleagues in FIU’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences when the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) held their 2014 National Conference in Miami.

On Friday morning, November 7, Professor Bill Darrow spoke in a plenary session about his research in the 1980s with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in the 1990s with FIU students and colleagues in south Florida.
His talk traced the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States from the publication of “And the Band Played On” in 1987 by investigative journalist Randy Shilts up to the present promise of “an AIDS-free generation” by the Obama Administration.

As a skeptical scholar who continues to be very much involved in HIV-prevention activities, Darrow strongly believes that present efforts in the United States rely too much on narrowly defined biomedical interventions.

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010 community mobilization project that Bill Darrow led in Broward County from October 1999 through September 2008 demonstrated that well designed and fully funded social and behavioral interventions could close the gap in disparities due to HIV disease and prevent new HIV infections in vulnerable populations.

Kemesha Gabbidon at ANAC presentation.

Kemesha Gabbidon at ANAC presentation.

Public Health doctoral students Kemesha Gabbidon, Muni Rubens, and Karina Villalba presented posters at the ANAC conference on Friday afternoon, November 7, on their AIDS-related research in south Florida with Stempel College Professor Jessy Devieux and former faculty member Mehmet Dorak.

Local organizers of the ANAC meeting included the National Conference Chairperson, Associate Professor Sheldon Fields, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Health Policy, and National Conference Planning Committee member and Associate Professor Sandra Garcia Jones of FIU’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Conference highlights will be found at the ANAC website.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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