American Indians/Alaska Natives and HIV/AIDS

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Date(s) - May 5, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Presented by: 

Irene S. Vernon, PhD

Professor/Chair, Ethnic Studies Department Assistant to the College of Liberal Arts Dean College of Liberal Arts Colorado State University
Although American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) represent less than one percent of the total HIV/AIDS diagnoses numbers they are at great risk for HIV infection. To better understand and serve this population, this presentation will provide basic demographic information, general surveillance data, AI/AN risk factors, and address concerns about several special populations. The intent of the presentation is for participants to develop an understanding of AI/AN and HIV/AIDS and to utilize this presentation as a means to begin or strengthen their journey toward cultural competency to better serve, care, and treat this population.
Dr. Vernon is a Full Professor at Colorado State University, Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. She was appointed for the Fall 2009 term as the Associate Provost of Special Projects where she worked on a number of projects including developing family friendly resources and RAMS for Diversity activities. Dr. Vernon his trained in Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies and throughout the years she has engaged in ethnic studies program reviews and serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals and presses. As well, Dr. Vernon has membership in several professional health societies such as the National Association of Ethnic Studies, National Minority AIDS Council Member (NMAC), Colorado Public Health Association, Racial and Ethnic Populations Ad Hoc Committee, National Institute of Health, Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Council, and was recently nominated to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. She has been actively involved in the field of health for sixteen years and is the author of Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS (2001) and several other journal articles. Her research area is Native American health, particularly HIV/AIDS with other sub interests in health disparities. Dr. Vernon also provides capacity building assistance aimed at mobilizing communities around HIV/AIDS prevention in Native communities throughout the United States.
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Sponsored by the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services with support from the National Institute of Mental Health, Grant #P30MH58107.