USM College of Health forum will address HIV treatment and care

USM College of Health forum will address HIV treatment and care

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health will host the forum "Postpartum Retention in HIV Care: A Hidden Leak in the Treatment Cascade" Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 214. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

"Reducing racial, gender, age, socio-economic and sexual behavior disparities is imperative to changing increased incidence and mortality of HIV in Mississippi," said Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson, assistant professor of public health. "This presentation offers evidence-based research on the topic. I hope students, faculty members and health professionals will learn about one often overlooked population and methods to address this issue."

Dr. Aadia Rana, assistant professor of medicine at Brown University's Alpert Medical School is the featured presenter. Her primary research is evaluating and improving adherence to medical care and treatment among HIV-infected patients. Rana is the recipient of a K23 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health on Improving Retention in Care Among Postpartum HIV-Infected Women in Mississippi.

Rana is director of The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center Adherence and Retention Program (ICARE), where she developed a practice-based intervention to improve engagement with care and treatment among high-risk patients at The Immunology Center. She is also the site investigator on clinical trials investigating novel agents for the treatment of HIV and hepatitis C at The Miriam Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit.

The College of Health Forum Series is presented by the College of Health, the Department of Public Health, Eta Sigma Gamma, and the Health Administration Student Association (HASA). Co-sponsors include University Forum in the Honors College, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Committee on Services and Resources for Women.

For more information about this event, call 601.266.5253. For more information about the College of Health, visit