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Public health interventions to address HIV disparities: Insights from USA

Associate Professor Donaldson F. Conserve, Professor Lisa Eaton and Associate Professor Ryan Watson

Event date
Tuesday 1st August 2023
Event time
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Event address
In-person & online. Kirby Institute, Seminar Room Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney


The Kirby Institute is excited to host three presenters from USA, who have just attended the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Brisbane.

Associate Professor Donaldson Conserve will discuss how a community-based ART intervention (cbART) intervention for female sex workers in Tanzania is being adapted and implemented for a community-based PrEP intervention (cbPrEP) for Black adults in Washington, District of Columbia.

Professor Lisa Eaton and Associate Professor Ryan Watson will discuss ongoing efforts to address HIV disparities among adolescent and young adult sexual and gender diverse populations in the United States. Prof Eaton will discuss novel HIV interventions focused on stigma to increase PrEP uptake among Black sexual minority men in the United States (Jumpstart) and addressing barriers to HIV/STI care and depression (LINK). A/Prof Watson will share contemporary data from a large national sample of sexual and gender diverse youth (13-17 years of age) from the United States.

Donald F. Conserve

Associate Professor Donaldson F. Conserve
Associate Professor, George Washington University

Donaldson F. Conserve is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University and the Associate Director of the Gill-Lebovic Center for Community Health in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Professor Lisa Eaton

Professor Lisa Eaton
Professor, University of Connecticut

Lisa Eaton is a social and behavioral health scholar who is primarily interested in social determinants of disease. Her work focuses on the multi-level impact of stigma on linkage, access, and retention to healthcare among diverse populations. Her most recent work has focused on how systematic changes in providing health care can impact and improve health and well-being. She is mainly interested in how one’s environment creates barriers or facilitators to accessing health care and how these factors impact overall health outcomes.  Her work is primarily focused on bridging the divide between medical advances and actual access to these medical advances. This work has included a considerable emphasis on the role of social and structural stigmas as barriers to care. The National Institutes of Health have funded Dr. Eaton’s work in these areas.

Associate Professor Ryan Watson

Associate Professor Ryan Watson
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Ryan Watson is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut. His program of research is focused on reducing health disparities among sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth and young adults. Motivated by the urgent need to reduce the inequities in health for vulnerable populations, he has focused his scholarship on SGM youth and young adults, their relationships within family and school contexts, and their health experiences. His research has been featured on CNN, NPR, Washington Post, Live Science, USA Today, and several other media outlets. His current program of research (funded by NIH, K01DA047918) focuses on preventing health disparities (e.g. HIV) through prevention and intervention strategies (e.g. PrEP) attune to intersectionality.

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