Health Behavior Colloquium
We are thrilled to host a colloquium by a distinguished researcher from the Dominican Republic.
Yeycy Donastorg, MD, MPH, MA
Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors): Developing and evaluating an integrated intervention for female sex workers living with HIV in the Dominican Republic
Wednesday, September 24
11:45 am–1:00 pm
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Yeycy Donastorg, MD, MPH, MA is a physician and social demographer. Since 2002, she has been the Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Unit (HVTU) at the Instituto Dermatalogico y Cirugia de Piel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic leading the successful implementation of five NIH-funded HIV vaccine trials and one anti-retroviral therapy trial. Over the past four years, Dr. Donastorg and her team have diversified the HVTU research portfolio with projects such as the first male circumcision trial in the Dominican Republic, an HIV prevalence and behavioral surveillance study among Haitian sex workers, and a study using the PLACE methodology developed by UNC’s Sharon Weir. She has also collaborated on HIV resistance research.
Dr. Donastorg will present findings from Abriendo Puertas (“Opening Doors”), a pilot intervention with a cohort of 250 female sex workers living with HIV implemented in collaboration with Dr. Clare Barrington, PhD from the Department of Health Behavior. Drs. Donastorg and Barrington published an article on Abriendo Puertas earlier this year.
Dr. Donastorg’s visit is sponsored by an Explorations in Global Health Grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases awarded to HB Assistant Professor Clare Barrington and doctoral student Paul Fleming.