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CLAFH Contributes to National HIV Testing Day Blog on HIV.gov

To promote National HIV Testing Day on June 27, CLAFH Director and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos spoke to Kaye Hayes about the importance of HIV testing for efforts to end the HIV epidemic and the need to evolve health care systems to better meet the needs of populations in greatest need of HIV testing and treatment, particularly youth. 

He also highlights his appointment as Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing as an opportunity to more effectively leverage nurses for HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. The conversation is available in a two-part blog post on the HIV.gov blog.

CLAFH Releases Commentary and Animated Video in Honor of the Year of the Nurse

In honor of the 2020-2021 International Year of the Nurse/Midwife, CLAFH researchers and colleagues from around the globe published a commentary in The Lancet Infectious Diseases highlighting the indispensable role of nurses in addressing infectious disease outbreak and pandemics.

In addition, CLAFH produced an animated video to highlight the ideas reflected in the commentary and to fully recognize the indispensable role of nurses in health care - in the United States and globally.

CLAFH Awarded Grant to Support HIV Leadership Development in Latino Communities

CLAFH has received funding from ViiV Healthcare to launch the Instituto DILES [English: DILES (Tell Them) Institute], a 12-month program that builds leadership skills among Latinx individuals to drive meaningful change in their communities toward ending the HIV epidemic for Latinx men. The 12-month program will enroll DILES Fellows, who receive training and mentorship in core areas of HIV leadership and who will develop real-world projects in their local communities in order to impact real change in real time. These projects are designed to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Latinx men in order to support the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative.

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CLAFH Director Appointed to CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee

CLAFH Director Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos was appointed to serve on the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). The CHACHSPT advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the CDC Director; and the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD prevention and treatment efforts. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos currently serves as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.

CLAFH Researchers Contribute to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) released a new consensus study report on new directions for prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. CLAFH researchers contributed to the new report, Sexually Transmitted Infections: Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm, including CLAFH Director Vincent Guilamo-Ramos as a committee member and CLAFH scholars Adam Benzekri and Marco Thimm-Kaiser as consultants.

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos also represented the National Academies committee during the release webinar of the consensus study findings.

 

CLAFH Researchers Contribute to Revision of HHS Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents Among Adolescents and Young Adults with HIV

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents released revised guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents among adolescents and young adults with HIV. CLAFH Director Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos contributed to the revisions as a member of the Panel.

CLAFH Director Presents at the National Ending the HIV Epidemic Meeting

CLAFH Director Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos hosted a plenary session at the 2021 National Ending the HIV Epidemic Meeting at the Washington, DC Center for AIDS research. He presented a talk entitled Revisiting the Invisible Latino HIV Crisis: Amplifying Strategies for Improving the National Response, in which he conducts a Latino-focused assessment of progress toward core indicators of success outlined in the National Strategic Plan to end the HIV epidemic.

CLAFH Draws Attention to the Unique Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults in the National Response to COVID-19

CLAFH researchers and colleagues published a viewpoint article in Clinical Infectious Diseases discussing the role of adolescents and young adults in transmission dynamics, and the health risks for adolescents and young adults, and considerations for a response to COVID-19 that takes adolescent and young adult development into account.

The recommendations in the viewpoint have been cited by the World Health Organization and The US Department of Homeland Security. In addition, CLAFH produced an animated video to highlight the ideas reflected in the viewpoint.

 

Media Coverage

The below press coverage highlight the work of CLAFH and its leadership.

The Hill: To Ramp Up COVID Vaccine Distribution, Empower the Nation's Health Students

In this opinion article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Marco Thimm-Kaiser discuss the potential for the United States to mobilize its students to supplement the COVID-19 vaccine workforce, reduce vaccine hesitancy, and help heal a divided nation.

City Watch with Jeff Simmons

This radio broadcast features Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discussing how COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color with a particular focus on the Bronx, New York City.

Science Speaks: To End the HIV Epidemic Among Latinx Populations, Look at the Big Picture and Zoom In

In this article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Dr. Barbara Taylor discuss how, in order for the U.S. to reach its goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030, interventions must be better tailored to meet the needs of Latino populations.

Science Speaks: National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: An Overlooked Crisis Leads to Missed Opportunities

In this article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discusses progress and remaining gaps in HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for Latinx populations as well as the barriers that continue to perpetuate HIV disparities within Latino communities.

Infectious Disease Society of America Podcast - Coronavirus: The Disparate Effects in Latinx Communities

In this podcast, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discusses how COVID-19 has affected the Latino community as well as necessary steps to reduce resulting and pre-existing health disparities.

Science Speaks: Some of Those Most Impacted by COVID-19 are Young - and Living with HIV

In this article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents and young adults.

NBC Visiones: HIV/AIDS and the Latino Community

This news interview features Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discussing his appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS and the largely invisible HIV crisis in Latino communities in the United States.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation: Unrecognized HIV Crisis in Latinx Community Revealed by New Report

This article features Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discussing the largely invisible HIV crisis in Latino communities in the United States and the importance of culturally appropriate care to address this crisis.

Newsweek: Hispanic and Latino People In The U.S. Are Struggling With "Invisible" HIV Crisis

This article features CLAFH and Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos in discussing the largely invisible HIV crisis experienced by Latino communities in the United States.

New York Daily News: On AIDS, A Dark Cloud in a Brightening Sky: Latinx Infections are Rising

In this article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Marco Thimm-Kaiser, and Guillermo Chacón discuss new HIV infections that are on the rise in Latino communities and the need for reinforced efforts to ensure that HIV prevention, treatment, and support services reach Latinos who are most in need.

The Guardian — "Invisible Epidemic": Progress Against HIV Leaves Young Latino Men Behind

This article features CLAFH's work on combating rising numbers of HIV diagnoses among young Latino men in the Bronx, New York City — by engaging their parents to promote safe sex, sexual health, and life opportunities.

The Conversation: Youth Living in Settlements at US Border Suffer Poverty and Lack of Health Care (Spanish version)

In this opinion article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and Marco Thimm-Kaiser discuss the socioeconomic and health challenges faced by Latino youth living in "colonias" — largely unincorporated settlements at the U.S. border — as well as steps to address these longstanding challenges.

Univision: Estos 23 Hispanos Son un Ejemplo en los Servicios de Salud De EEUU [English: These 23 Hispanics Represent an Example for Health Services int he U.S.]

This article highlights Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos and his work as Director of CLAFH as exemplary for the contribution of Latinos to health services in the United States.

New York Times: Bronx Program Encourages Fathers to Talk About Sex

This article features CLAFH's work with fathers and their adolescent sons as part of the Fathers Raising Responsible Men (FRRM) intervention in the Bronx, New York City. FRRM is designed to support fathers in talking to their adolescent sons about sex, condoms, and future goals in order to promote sexual health and life opportunities.

Washington Post: Fathers Play Key Role in Teens' Sexual Behavior

In this article, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos discusses the important but too seldom recognized influence of fathers on shaping adolescent sexual behavior and sexual health.

NPR: Let's Talk About Sex

In this interview, Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos speaks about the important role of parents in shaping adolescent sexual health and he discusses his ongoing work in the Bronx, New York City, to support parents in addressing sex and sexual health with their adolescents.