No One Gets Left Behind! IAC 2014 theme of the day.

The Ethics of Finding a Cure for HIV

At the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, discussions about the race to cure for HIV are inevitable.   We in an exciting era in HIV research, with tumultuous announcements of breakthroughs and setbacks that we expect to lead us toward a world where HIV is an anachronism. The speed at which researchers are being funded to churn out publications toward a cure for HIV is unprecedented.

We can visualize the benefits, but at what cost?  Research and new innovations have social and ethical ramifications that should be considered, including those to human subjects –people- willing to part take in experiments.  The Mississippi Baby born with HIV and thought to have been in remission is a human subject to experimentation.  Although international policies and regulations for research with human subjects are in place, what special considerations should the HIV community consider in reaching a cure?
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Does Twitter Matter When it comes to a Reaching a World Without HIV/AIDS?

Highlights from the HEARD Institute presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne

Ask anyone on the street – is social media changing our world? Indefinitely you will hear how Facebook and Twitter are both bringing people closer together and ripping the fabric of our world apart.  Researchers are using social media more and more to understand more about us as humans and how our online environment impacts us to predicting elections and flu outbreaks. Continue reading

What we are watching for on Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference…

IAC 2014 Tuesday Theme: What’s holding us back and how do we move faster?

Tuesday is a big day for us here at HEARD. Our very own Dr. Miriam Vega is presenting our research at the International AIDS Conference – #Retweet This: HIV Stigma in the Twitterverse . If you are attending, stop by the presentation at 4:30pm! More to come on this…

We have several sessions that we have our eyes on for Tuesday’s theme, however oddly stated.  Holding Back? Moving Faster?”  Two themes in one!  Anyway, here are a few sessions we have our eyes on. Continue reading

And then there were a hundred!!!

We have posted our 100th blog article and we want to take a moment to thank all of our followers! The Institute for Hispanic Health Equity has been blogging for the past year with the intention of raising awareness and discussion on bridging the gap in health disparities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A big thank you to all our readers and followers for helping us spread the word!

In case you missed them, here are the top ten most popular articles as of today:

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Teaching how to Address Disruptive Innovations Through CHANGE

Daily Prompt: Teach your Bloggers well

The Latino Commission on AIDS is not only a grassroots organization addressing the health needs of Latinos and other ethnic minorities, but it also is a teacher –a capacity building assistance provider – nationally in the United Nations.  Our Hands United program assists other health care providers –be it clinics or community based organizations- shift in response to the ever changing economic and scientific advances environment.

These ever changing environments bring with them “disruptive innovations” (Christensen, 1997).   Disruptive innovations are typically cheaper, more reliable and simpler than an established technology.   We have seen this repeatedly in society at large. One key example is that of the VHS versus beta in th4 early ‘80s. Soon, VHS one out and went on to change how we experience movies as it eventually led to the advent of Netflix, HULU and Amazon Prime which have completely disrupted the movie and television script. Just recently, the show House of Cards won an Emmy (which is an award for television work) although it is produced and seen on Netflix-an entirely internet based experience.

In the non-profit and HIV/AIDS field there are numerous disruptive innovations from shifts in funding streams to biomedical advances such as the home test and shifts in how prevention itself is defined and subsequently addressed. Continue reading