Podcast: Using Implementation Science to Promote Equitable HIV-Related Outcomes in the US and Africa

The second installment of this limited podcast series focuses on the value of implementation science for advancing health equity and how Dr. Donaldson Conserve, a Haitian scientist, is using his research to improve HIV/AIDS related outcomes in multiple countries including the US, Tanzania, and Haiti.

Welcome to another episode of Health Equity in High Definition, a podcast series that showcases established researchers who are engaging in community-driven health equity research. Guests on the program discuss the public health challenges that prompted their research; their processes for creating cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions; and their efforts to translate these evidence-based innovations into real-world practice.

I recently spoke to Dr. Conserve, Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, about how his work in implementation science is advancing HIV prevention efforts nationally and internationally and how an implementation science approach is different from a traditional scientific approach. We also spoke about the Black Male Professors and Researchers Collective (BMPRC), an organization Dr. Conserve established to connect Black male doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, and researchers with each other. Many Black men are often one of the few Black doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors in their respective department or field. The BMPRC aims to minimize the isolation that often accompanies Black male professors and researchers. Dr. Conserve explains what inspired him to create this organization and how is it being used to support Black academics.

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About Our Guest

Dr. Donaldson Conserve

Dr. Donaldson Conserve

Dr. Donaldson Conserve is an associate professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health, at The George Washington University. His passion for research and global health was fueled by his childhood experiences in Haiti and a summer research internship in South Africa during his undergraduate years at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is currently leading community-based HIV self-testing research in Tanzania, Haiti, and the United States, and more recently started doing research on at-home COVID-19 self-testing. To learn more, visit his GWSPH Faculty Page or follow him on Twitter: @drconservejr and Instagram: @dr.conservejr.

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Shaun Owens
Otis (Shaun) Owens, PhD, MPH, CAPS, is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina where he directs the Healthy Aging Research and Technology Lab. The lab supports research to help individuals make optimal health and cancer decisions and enable older adults to age-in-place.

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