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INFORMATION FOR HIV CARE PROVIDERS
IN
THE
NEWS
AAHIVM and the Institute for
Technology in Health Care
Names CAN Connect as its
2021 Award Winner
T
HE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HIV MEDICINE and
the Institute for Technology in Health Care have awarded
the 2021 Cesar Augusto Caceres Award for Technology in
HIV Practice to Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis of CAN Community
Health in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Armas-Kolostroubis is being
recognized for CAN Connect, alongside Mark Baksh, Director
of IT, for conceptualizing a program that leverages existing
technology by configuring old laptops that are then delivered
to community partner organizations representing marginalized
populations often reluctant to come into a clinic setting.
CAN Connect automatically launches as the machine is turned
on, allowing for a telehealth visit to occur with very little machine
interaction or proficiency. It also provides an easy interface with
the clinic's telehealth electronic medical records (EMR).
Patients are also able to conduct an audio-visual meeting to
access prevention specialists, patient care coordinators or case
managers and browse for other needed assistance (jobs/housing/
coverage). After the visit(s), the machine is rebooted and ready for
its next use. The technology combats the marginalization due to
stigma which prevents people with or at risk for HIV from coming
into a specialty clinic. The mobility and ease of this technology
aims to remove barriers to care.
" The benefits of this program are extensive, with minimal startup
costs depending on the machine being used, " says Dr. ArmasKolostroubis.
" CAN Connect improves persistence in care and adherence
to ARV and PrEP, resulting in improved viral suppression
and decreased new infections. All without burdening the clinical
setting already strained by COVID-19 precautions. "
For more information on CAN Connect, please visit
cancommunityhealth.org.
In its tenth year, the Cesar Augusto Caceres Award for Technology
in HIV Practice seeks to acknowledge those who have created, adapted
and/or used innovative technology in their HIV practice and to share
that technological knowledge with others in the practice of HIV
medicine to improve patient care. The award honors the legacy of Dr.
Cesar Caceres, founder of the Institute for Technology in Health Care.
American Academy of
HIV Medicine Names
Leslie McGorman as
Director of Public Policy
The American Academy
of HIV Medicine recently
announced the appointment
of Leslie McGorman, MPPA
as their new Director of
Public Policy. A seasoned
professional in both federal
and state government
affairs, Leslie brings a wealth
of political experience to
the organization. Leslie has
20 years of health-policy
experience - spanning the non-profit, governmental, and
private sector. During that time, she has provided deep
policy expertise for complex problems.
" We are excited to have Leslie join the team during this
important time when ending the HIV epidemic is within
our reach, " said Executive Director Bruce J. Packett. " Her
expertise at both the state and federal levels, as well as in
helping to turn advocacy efforts into lasting change, will
undoubtedly serve Academy members well. "
For nearly nine years, Leslie was a registered federal
lobbyist. More than seven of those years, Leslie spent
at NARAL Pro-Choice America-a leading political
and advocacy organization focused on preserving and
expanding reproductive rights. Most recently, she served
as the Deputy Policy Director, as well as built out the
organization's state-level advocacy and lobbying arm.
Leslie managed a team of healthcare lobbyists
focused both on state and federal policy issues related to
reproductive freedom, including advising NARAL's 20+
state chapters and affiliates on legislative strategy. Leslie
also served as a spokesperson for the organization, as well
as a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the
status of women's reproductive rights in the United States.
Leslie will oversee the Academy's extensive advocacy
efforts which seek to advance policies that support the
ability of the HIV care provider to deliver optimal care
to people with HIV and ensure access to treatment and
prevention options.
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