Webcast: Dr. Ennis Presents “Mental Health in HIV: Coping Strategies for Managing Distress and Stigma”

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Webcast Wednesday: Mental Health in HIV: Coping Strategies for Managing Distress & Stigma 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT / 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT Nicole Ennis Whitehead, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology College of Public Health and Health Professions University of Florida at Gainesville This presentation was coordinated in partnership with the Florida North AETC …

Congratulations to Dr. Gladys Ibañez!

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Dr. Gladys Ibañez, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, is one of four researchers in the country to receive funding from University of California at Davis’ Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) for its 2017-2018 pilot program. Dr. Ibañez’s community-focused work addresses this research gap, and with …

SHARC MARCHES FOR EQUALITY, UNITY, & PRIDE

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On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the SHARC team participated in the Gainesville Equality March for Unity and Pride. Several SHARC Team members gathered Downtown at Depot Park and marched to Bo Diddly Plaza where a rally was held in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity & Pride in Washington, D.C. The SHARC Team was there to support celebrate …

HIV Treatment Works Campaign

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HIV Treatment Works: The HIV Treatment Works campaign encourages people living with HIV to Get in Care , Stay in Care and Live Well . Today, you can live a longer, healthier life by being in medical care and on HIV treatment. People featured in these videos share how they live well with HIV and how you can, too. Find …

Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind

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On September 27, 2016, Florida Community Health Action Information Network (CHAIN) will host its second annual conference, Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind. The conference will join national experts, advocates, consumers, health care providers, and other stakeholder together in an effort to spread information about current health care topics and ways to improve the health of all …

Marijuana and HIV Viral Load Suppression

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A recent study from SHARC headed by Dr. Chukwuemeka Okafor indicates that marijuana use may not have an adverse effect on viral load suppression in persons living with HIV (PLWH). The article was titled Marijuana use and viral suppression in persons receiving medical care for HIV-infection, and was published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. Okafor stated, “Marijuana use is common …

Effects of Heavy Alcohol Use on Clinical Outcomes of HIV Patients on ART

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Two longitudinal studies from Brown University have found that persons living with HIV (PLWH) who have alcohol use disorder or engage in high levels of alcohol consumption may be at increased risk of all-cause mortality. This is increasingly significant in terms of clinical research as resent estimates indicate that approximately 61% of PLWH have consumed alcohol in the past year with nearly 15% …

Spotlight: Chukwuemeka Okafor, Ph.D.

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On Thursday, June 30th, 2016 Chukwuemeka Okafor, MPH, Ph.D, defended his dissertation titled, “Marijuana Use Among HIV-Seropositive and HIV-Seronegative Men: Long Term Trends, Predictors of Use, and Impact on Cognitive Function.” Dr. Okafor earned his Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and his Masters in Health Behavior from the University of North Florida in 2012. He then came …

Spotlight: Jon Mills, M.B.A, Ph.D.

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On June 2, 2016, Jon Mills, MBA, PhD, defended his dissertation titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Dual-Action versus Single-Action Antidepressants for Treatment of People Diagnosed with Co-Occurring HIV/AIDS and a Major Depression: A Growing Syndemic,” a study that involved a collaboration with the CFAR Network of Integration Clinical Systems (CNICS) cohort study. Dr. Mills was a doctoral student at SHARC. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at …

Vanessa Ayala Wins Best Poster Presentation Award

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From FIU’s Stemple News: Most people don’t expect to catch Shark Week on TV until late June. But at FIU, we celebrated our own SHARC week a little earlier… This year’s SHARC Conference took place on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus on May 18 and included workgroups, speakers and a poster session where students and investigators presented some of their work. …