Up to Date
4:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

World Moves Forward In Battle Against HIV & AIDS

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

But the potential can become the reality only if the many stakeholders play their roles related to public policy, money, science and medicine and the people affected by HIV - and their families.

Thursday on Up to Date, guest host Bill Anderson talks with Kathleen Goggin, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she serves as director of the HIV/AIDS Research Group, Sarah Finocchario Kessler, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor at Kansas University Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and Sally Neville, Director of HIV Primary Care Services at the KC Free Health Clinic about the research and findings presented at this year's conference, what's playing out on the global level, and what local organizations are doing to help those with HIV/AIDS and help prevent infection in the Kansas City community.

Sarah Finocchario Kessler, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Kansas University Medical Center’s Department of Family medicine and a postdoctoral research fellow of the HIV Research Group at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her doctoral training in international public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to earning her doctoral degree, Dr. Finocchario Kessler's work with Family Health International provided practical, programmatic experience working in HIV clinics in Ghana and Kenya.  Her research combines interests in reproductive health and HIV by exploring childbearing intentions among people living with HIV and highlighting the need for comprehensive reproductive counseling in HIV clinical care. She has explored these issues among HIV-infected women receiving care in Baltimore, Maryland and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Finocchario Kessler is pursuing related research assessing low-resource options for safer conception and childbearing among people living with HIV in South Africa.

Kathy Goggin, Ph.D. is Curators’ Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she serves as Director of the HIV/AIDS Research Group. She is a graduate of the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology where she specialized in Behavioral Medicine (1994). She served as Chief Fellow of the NIMH Postdoctoral Training Program in HIV/AIDS at the Cornell University Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers in New York City (1995) until being awarded the Aaron Diamond Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her research at Columbia University (1997).

Sally Neville, RN, MSN, began caring for HIV patients on a hospital in-patient unit in 1990 and her nursing practice has been exclusive to HIV since then. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She joined the Clinic in 1992 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and has served numerous roles as the Clinic has expanded services. She is recognized as a leader in HIV care, prevention and program management locally, regionally and nationally. She has served on numerous HRSA/HAB advisory boards, conducted clinical site visits at other HAB supported programs and chaired the Kansas City Transitional Grant Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Planning Council. In September of 2011, Sally was awarded the Bank of America Local Heroes award which recognized her outstanding work in the community. She currently directs the HIV primary care program, oral health, clinical trials and MATEC-MO.

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