The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has increased its support for the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (JHU-CFAR) to $100,000 per year in institutional funds. The money will support pilot awards to junior faculty and those new to HIV/AIDS research projects.
JHU-CFAR brings together HIV/AIDS researchers from across the university and uses collaboration and transdisciplinary innovations to address HIV within Baltimore and beyond. The center provides training as well as financial support, and helps investigators strengthen their outreach.
Commenting on the increased support, Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, says, “HIV and AIDS still remain an epidemic for our nation and world, and our investment speaks to nursing’s indispensable role in prevention and treatment.”
The additional support comes at a time in HIV/AIDS care where healthcare organizations are being called upon to increase their investment in nursing’s role in achieving the UNAIDS goal of 90 percent of people diagnosed, 90 percent in treatment, and 90 percent maintaining viral suppression by the year 2020. A specific call to action was launched at the 2016 International AIDS Conference and was spearheaded by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, of which JHSON’s Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, AACRN, FAAN, is president. Farley’s global research focuses on prevention and management of HIV, particularly among persons with HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis co-infection.
Both Farley and faculty member Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, who has looked closely at the link between violence and HIV, have played significant roles in JHU-CFAR leadership and in creating the organization’s Developmental and Clinical Core goals. Other faculty from JHSON have received funding from JHU-CFAR to study cervical cancer prevention among women with HIV/AIDS, church-based HIV testing, and more.
As HIV care has continued to move from specialized clinics to primary care settings, JHSON has also offered new curriculum that includes year-long field placements treating patients with HIV and sensitivity training to help students identify and eliminate any preconceptions or biases.