Our Key Note speaker at the 6th InWomen conference this year is Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health at UCSD’s School of Medicine. Dr. Strathdee founded UCSD’s campus-wide Global Health Initiative, the Global Health track of the joint PhD program in Public Health at UCSD and SDSU, and was founding co-director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center for Migration and Health.
After losing both her PhD advisor and best friend to AIDS in 1991, Steffanie pledged her career to creating a world without AIDS. She has published >445 publications in this area. Her research on social/environmental factors contributing to HIV risks in Pakistan following 9/11 foreshadowed a subsequent HIV epidemic among injection drug users.
She is engaged in a number of international studies in Mexico, India, Canada and Afghanistan. Since joining UCSD, she has led several research studies of HIV risk behaviors among drug users and sex workers in the Mexico-US border region, for which she has received awards for scholarship and leadership. She also leads several HIV prevention training grants that have trained >300 Mexican and 100 U.S. students. She founded an NGO in Tijuana which delivers HIV prevention and treatment to Tijuana’s underserved for which she privately fundraises. In 2010, Dr. Strathdee was named by POZ magazine as one of their top 100 in the fight against AIDS.
Her talk, scheduled to start at 12:25 PM on Friday June 14 2013 at the 2013 InWomen meeting at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego, is entitled: “Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? Lessons in HIV Prevention from Women Substance Users At-Risk Around the Globe. “ Dr. Strathdee recommends the following publication if you would like to read more on this subject:
Steffanie A. Strathdee, Wendee M. Wechsberg, Deanna L. Kerrigan, and Thomas L. Patterson (2013). HIV Prevention Among Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Intervening Upon Contexts of Heightened HIV Risk. Annu. Rev. Public Health 2013. 34:6.1–6.16.