School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
January/February 2021

Reducing inequities to curb HIV

LaRon E. Nelson, associate dean for global affairs and planetary health, recently curated a special edition of the Journal of Urban Health devoted to Black MSM (men who have sex with men) and HIV. Nelson’s introduction makes clear that ending the country’s HIV epidemic starts with reducing inequities among Black MSM. “Today, the USA is in the midst of an ambitious effort to end the HIV epidemic by the year 2030,” Nelson writes. “In order to achieve this goal, we must better understand and accelerate progress towards ending the epidemic in Black MSM.” According to CDC data, the lifetime risk of HIV infection among Black MSM is 1 in 2.

Eviction moratorium protects public health

YSN professor David Vlahov joined Yale School of Public Health colleagues on an amici curiae brief describing the importance of the national eviction moratorium in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Based on their extensive research and work in this area, amici urged the court to recognize that preventing eviction is critical to protecting public health and ensuring health equity during the pandemic. 

Award named for YSN professor

The Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Steering Committee honored YSN professor, GEPN chair, and PhD program cochair M. Tish Knobf’92MSN for her extensive influence on the generation of new knowledge through her use of qualitative approaches as a method of scientific inquiry. The M. Tish Knobf Qualitative Research Award, established in 2020, is presented to a nurse or team of nurses who have made significant contributions to new knowledge through the use of qualitative research methods. Knobf’s commitment to mentoring many nurses at YNHH has resulted in national awards, and her teams have gone on to disseminate their scholarly work through conference presentations and numerous manuscripts. The award was announced at the 12th annual YNHHS Janet Parkosewich Nursing Research Conference, which was held virtually in October.

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