Optimizing Health and Quality of Life for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Across the Lifespan

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UMDNJ-CCOE Develops an Innovative New Program: 3 Experts, 3 Perspectives, 3 Locations - One Focus

Dr. Sally Hodder

Dr. Sally Hodder, Prof. of Medicine, Dir. of HIV Programs, and Vice-chair of the Dept. of Medicine at UMDNJ.

The final presentation of this successful series will take place on December 2 , 2010 on the New Jersey Medical School campus in Newark, NJ. The expert presenter will be NJMS Professor of Medicine, Dr. Sally Hodder.

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic represents a growing and persistent threat to women’s health in the United States.

Today, there is a disproportionate rise in women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, an expanding number that includes age groups and ethnicities not historically identified as high-risk demographics. Evolving roles and changing lifestyles have introduced a new population of women to the risk factors associated with HIV infection and AIDS; a paradigm that presents unique challenges for both patients and providers. Improving the quality of life for all women begins with risk assessment and prevention counseling. Still, preconceived notions and traditional expectations mitigate the provider’s ability to effectively identify patients and initiate the guidance needed to change behavior.

To address these issues, UMDNJ-CCOE has developed an innovative new program entitled: Optimizing Health and Quality of Life for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Across the Lifespan. This dynamic, three-part educational series will feature an extensive, in-depth analysis of practice barriers amongst primary care providers who treat women in with HIV/AIDS, and how they can identify, assess, and treat patients. The program will feature three experts who will guide learners through a comprehensive curriculum. Each presentation will provide appropriate approaches to enact effective behavioral change-strategies and identify high-risk behavior.

The final presentation of this successful series will take place on December 2 , 2010 on the New Jersey Medical School campus in Newark, NJ. The expert presenter will be NJMS Professor of Medicine, Dr. Sally Hodder. Dr. Hodder is currently Professor of Medicine, Director of HIV Programs, and Vice-chair of the Department of Medicine at The New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She received her M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

After completing post-graduate training in internal medicine and specialty training in infectious disease, she worked on schistosomiasis in coast province Kenya before accepting a faculty position at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In 2000, Dr. Hodder accepted a position at Bristol-Myers-Squibb Virology and ultimately was promoted to Vice President of Virology Medical Affairs. In that position, she was responsible for more than 100 domestic and international clinical trials in the areas of HIV and hepatitis.

She left Bristol Myers in 2005 to return to academia, where she has been instrumental in the establishment of an adult HIV clinical research program that is tightly embedded in the Infectious Disease Practice, a practice caring for over 1400 HIV infected persons in Newark, New Jersey. In addition, she is site leader for the Newark ACTG as well as HPTN sites and the national Protocol Chair for HPTN Study 064, an HIV prevention study for women.

Dr. Hodder has served and continues to serve on numerous national committees including the Institute of Medicine Committee on Methodological Challenges in HIV Prevention Trials and the HIV Domestic Prevention Working Group. She has authored many scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of infectious diseases and womens' health.

In addition to the live on campus presentation, the event will be simultaneously broadcast online to facilitate a global participation for remote audiences. To register for either the online or the live presentation, please visit: http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/HIVWomen.

To receive more information on this unique and exciting CME activity, please contact Sarah Quinless, Administrative Analyst at 973-972-6279 or quinlesa(at)umdnj(dot)edu

About the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

As the largest public health sciences university in the country, UMDNJ provides a resource-rich foundation for continuing medical education excellence through the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (CCOE). Working in partnership with eight schools and numerous institutes and centers across five regional campuses throughout New Jersey, CCOE provides education with a diversity of approach, culture, and expertise that is unmatched in the medical education field. Consistent with its responsibility as an academic medical center, UMDNJ, through CCOE, provides a comprehensive program of continuing medical education with the goal of improving the quality of patient care by providing lifelong educational opportunities for physicians and other health care providers.

About UMDNJ Center for Continuing and Outreach Education

For over 30 years, UMDNJ CCOE has developed independent education, adhering to the highest standards of industry compliance. Our commitment to effective lifelong learning continues to improve clinician performance and impact positive changes in the health care industry.

Whether meeting face-to-face, studying enduring articles, or interacting through the internet, our audiences have benefited from innovative programming that addresses relevant clinical topics and influences favorable treatment outcomes.

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