Approaches and Models in Optimizing HIV/AIDS Resources in the United States
At the current level of resources available for HIV prevention activities, what array of prevention services would result in the most HIV infections averted, result in the lowest HIV transmission rate possible, and maximize the level of awareness of HIV seropositivity? Better decisions about allocating HIV resources can improve response to the epidemic and increase access to HIV prevention and treatment services. This presentation will review the background and salient features of current approaches and key models in optimizing HIV/AIDS resources in the United States. This presentation will also discuss the major findings from several published prevention models as well as the modeling work conducted by the Prevention Modeling and Economics Team at Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Damber Kumar Gurung, Ph. D. is a Public Health Program Analyst with DC’s Department of Health and takes leadership roles in Program Quality Improvement and evidence based programming. Dr. Gurung has been involving in health and economic development issues for more than two decades in South Asia, Africa and the United States. Specifically, with his passion to bridge public health practice and research. Dr. Gurung has been engaging his 10 years of practice in public health and international experience in reducing health disparities, poverty and social injustice. Dr. Gurung served as Assistant Professor at Clemson University from 1995 to 1997. He worked and travelled extensively in Nepal and India, and participated in World Bank and United Nations missions to Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda and Burundi. Dr. Gurung was a Fulbright Scholar, received his Master’s in International Development from University of California, Davis and his doctoral degree in philosophy in Applied Economics from Clemson University.