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The New York State International & Research Training Program

New York HIV Research Centers Consortium, 2010 Scientific Conference

The 2010 New York HIV Research Centers Consortium Scientific Conference was held on Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Kimmel Center at New York University. The title of this year's conference was Innovative Applications of Information and Communication Technologies in Addressing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and the presentations focused on such issues as the application of information and communication technologies in behavioral and social science research, the use of new state-of-the-art systems can enhance data collection, the implementation of electrical medical records and the subsequent ramifications on clinical decision-making, and the ethical and data security questions that these new technologies bring to bear.

Keynote Presentation

Video: HIV/STI Prevention and the (Not So) New Media: Moving Beyond the Proof of Concept »

Cornelis A. Rietmeijer, MD, PhD, MSPH

Colorado School of Public Health
Biography ↓

Cornelis Rietmeijer, MD, PhD, MSPH, is an independent STI/HIV prevention consultant. He is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam where he received his MD in 1977, and his PhD in 2004. He received his MSPH from the University of Colorado Denver in 1991. He recently retired from the Denver Public Health Department where he directed the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Control Program from 2003 to 2009 and the Denver AIDS Prevention Program from 1991-2003. In 1995, he founded the Denver HIV/STI Behavioral and Social Interventions Training Center. Currently, Dr. Rietmeijer is a Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. His major research interests include STI behavioral and operational research and the role of the Internet and other new media as tools for STI and HIV prevention. He is the editor of STD Prevention Online, a networking website for HIV and STI prevention professionals. He is also an associate editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Recently, Dr. Rietmeijer has worked and traveled extensively in southern Africa, where he has been involved in the development and roll-out of a behavioral intervention training program for HIV prevention officials.


Panel I: HIV Screening and Prevention

Video: Information and Communication Technology Tools for HIV/STI Screening »

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM

New York University College of Nursing
Biography ↓

Dr. Ann Kurth is Professor, and Director of Global Health Initiatives, at the NYU College of Nursing. Dr. Kurth trained in nurse-midwifery (Yale University), population health (Columbia University), and epidemiology (PhD, University of Washington). Dr. Kurth is interested in tools to improve HIV and other STI prevention, screening, and care. Her research evaluates informatics, as well as human-delivered, approaches in the US and internationally. She is principal investigator of 2 R01s in Kenya including a community-enrolled heterosexual couples cohort and a RCT of a computerized counseling tool for HIV patients. She has a NIH Challenge Grant for a phase IV study of a Spanish-language computer tool for HIV patients in NYC. She leads a substudy in Uganda using cell phones for home-based HIV testing and tailored referrals for combination prevention (Celum, PI). She also leads a substudy in the HPTN 065 study (El-Sadr, PI) for positive prevention in Bronx and Washington D.C. HIV clinics. Dr. Kurth is co-investigator or consultant on a number of other studies in the US, India, Kenya, and Peru. Dr. Kurth is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee for Planning the Evaluation of the global HIV program PEPFAR.

Video: Web-based and Mobile HIV/STI Prevention Interventions »

Sarah E. Lord, PhD

National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
Biography ↓

Sarah Lord, PhD, is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Technology and Health at National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI). A clinical-developmental psychologist, Dr. Lord received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Lord's research activities focus on the development, evaluation and dissemination of technology-based prevention and assessment tools for adolescent, young adult, and parent populations, primarily in the areas of HIV and substance abuse prevention. Current projects include use of online social networks to deliver evidence-based risk prevention and health promotion programs, use of mobile technologies to promote HIV health service utilization and preventive behaviors among high-risk adolescents and young adults, and computer-delivered training programs for parents to promote parent-youth communication about drug use prevention. Dr. Lord has served as Principal Investigator on numerous NIH-funded projects in the areas of adolescent HIV/STI, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use prevention. She has also worked extensively with community leaders, health educators, and marketing professionals to develop strategies for sustainable dissemination and implementation of technology-based prevention initiatives.

Video: Efficacy of Computer-based Interventions in HIV Prevention: Evidence from Meta-Analysis »

Seth M. Noar, PhD

University of Kentucky
Biography ↓

Dr. Seth M. Noar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. He also holds a secondary appointment in the College of Public Health and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University. His work addresses health behavior theories, message design and media campaigns, computer-based interventions, tailored communication, and methodological topics including meta-analysis and evaluation. Dr. Noar has conducted extensive work examining effective health communication strategies for HIV prevention, in particular focusing on the development and evaluation of mass media and computer-based interventions. He has published more than 50 articles and chapters in a wide range of outlets in the social, behavioral, health, and communication sciences; he has reviewed work for more than 40 different peer-reviewed journals; and he serves on the editorial boards of 10 journals including Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication Monographs. Dr. Noar is the principal investigator of a NIMH-funded study to develop a computer-tailored safer sex intervention for at-risk African Americans. He also recently co-edited "Communication Perspectives on HIV/AIDS for the 21st Century," published by Lawrence Erlbaum in 2008.

Video: Panel I Discussion »


Panel II: HIV Treatment and Care

Video: Informatics Interventions to Improve HIV Care: Lessons from the VA »

Steven M. Asch, MD, MPH

VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA & RAND Corporation
Biography ↓

Steven M. Asch MD, MPH, is the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Health Services Research at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, a health policy analyst at RAND and a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research applies quality measurement systems to ensure that patients get needed medical care, particularly in the areas of communicable disease and public health. Dr Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and the community. He also directs a multi-site center that strives to improve the quality of care for patients who have tested positive for HIV and hepatitis as part of the VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative QUERI (QUERI). His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research, and he serves as the director of the VA Los Angeles Health Services Research Fellowship and Associate Director of the UCLA RWJ Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Asch is a practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.

Video: Using Electronic Medical Records to Personalize and Prioritize HIV Care: Future Research Directions »

R. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc, FACP

New York University School of Medicine
Biography ↓

R. Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc, is Chief of the Section on Value and Comparative Effectiveness, as well as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and a Staff Physician at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Braithwaite received his Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received his MD degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. He completed a research fellowship in Decision Analysis and Medical Decision Making at Tufts University, and received a Masters Degree in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh. He is active in the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Braithwaite occupies an exciting niche at the intersection of health services research and the decision sciences. Simply put, he uses a variety of research tools to estimate the benefit that health care is delivering so we can get more "bang" from our health care "buck." This is a particularly important concern for the United States health care system, which spends far more money on health care per-capita than any other country, yet delivers benefits that are often modest and unevenly distributed.

Video: Health Information Technology to Support Patient Care and Research in HIV/AIDS: Tools for the Developing and Developed World »

William M. Tierney, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine
Biography ↓

William Tierney, MD, is a Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a Senior Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. His research focuses on implementing electronic health record systems (EHRs) in both hospital and outpatient venues in Indiana and in Kenya, where his team of developers implemented sub-Saharan African's first ambulatory EHR. This system has grown to support a network of HIV/AIDS and primary care clinics with records from more than 2 million visits for more than 110,000 patients and has been expanded to become OpenMRS, the most widely implemented open-source EHR in the developing world. Dr. Tierney helped implement one of the first computer-based provider order-entry systems in the U.S. and has used it and other computer-based tools to enhance the quality and efficiency of health care. Dr. Tierney is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He has established and currently co-directs one of the most successful HIV/AIDS research programs in the developing world that has received more than $40 million in extramural grants and currently includes investigators from 18 North American and 6 East African universities.

Video: Panel II Discussion »


Panel III: Ethics, Privacy and Security

Video: E-Health and Research: Privacy and Its Limits »

Janlori Goldman, JD, MFA

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Biography ↓

Janlori Goldman, JD, MFA, is Research Faculty at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health. She joined the faculty in 2007, following three years at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Center on Medicine as a Profession. Ms. Goldman has worked as a civil rights and civil liberties advocate since 1984. In 1997, she founded the Health Privacy Project in Washington, D.C., and led the effort in support of the HIPAA privacy regulation. She is currently a Senior Advisor to the Center for Democracy and Technology (www.cdt.org). In 1997, Ms. Goldman was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1994, Ms. Goldman co-founded the Center for Democracy & Technology. Ms. Goldman also worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1994. From 1986 to 1994, Ms. Goldman was the staff attorney and Director of the Privacy and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. While at the ACLU, Ms. Goldman led the effort to enact the Video Privacy Protection Act and led efforts to protect health, credit and financial information and personal information held by the government. She was the Legislative Director of the Minnesota affiliate of the ACLU from 1984-86. Ms. Goldman has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress, and has served on numerous commissions and advisory boards.

Video: Online Behavioral Surveys: Are They Minimal Risk? »

Mary Ann Chiasson, DrPH

Public Health Solutions
Biography ↓

Dr. Mary Ann Chiasson, an epidemiologist, has been the vice president for research and evaluation at Public Health Solutions, a large New York City not-for-profit organization, since 1999. Before joining Public Health Solutions, she served in various capacities in HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health for 14 years including nine years as an assistant commissioner of health with scientific and administrative responsibility for the offices of AIDS Surveillance, HIV/AIDS Research and Vital Statistics, and Epidemiology. Dr Chiasson's research interests include the epidemiology of HIV (particularly risk factors for sexual transmission), women's reproductive health, infant mortality and early childhood obesity. Her current HIV-related research focuses on the relationship between the Internet and high risk sexual behavior among men who have sex with men. The online HIV prevention videos produced by the research collaboration she leads can be viewed at www.hivbigdeal.org. Dr. Chiasson is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (in Medicine) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with a part-time faculty appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Columbia University Medical Center.

Video: Chat Room Interventions: Protecting and Respecting Participants »

Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Biography ↓

Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES, is associate professor with appointments in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, the Section on Infectious Diseases, and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has adjunct faculty appointments in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. His research focuses on the integration of community development and health promotion and disease prevention interventions in both rural and urban communities. Specifically, his research explores sexual health; HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention; and health disparities among vulnerable communities, including substance use and obesity. Dr. Rhodes has extensive experience working with Latino communities; urban African American adolescents; persons living with HIV and AIDS; men of color; college students; and men who have sex with men (MSM). His Internet research ranges from survey data collection to intervention research. His team is currently implementing and evaluating an Internet HIV prevention intervention designed to increase HIV testing among MSM who use existing chat rooms for social and sexual networking.

Video: Panel III Discussion »


This lecture series is made possible by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Fogarty ARRA Administrative Supplement for Support of Information and Communication Technology Initiatives in Research Training Programs).