Anthony Santella, DrPH, MPH, associate professor of health professions in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, has been named to the board of directors for two regional HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations: the United Way of Long Island for his work as chair of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council, as well as The HIV League, a NYC-based nonprofit.
The United Way of Long Island works with 150 community partners to find solutions and funding to pressing local problems related to education, health, and financial stability. It provides staffing support for the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council, which develops spending priorities and allocation of funds based on the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS on Long Island. More than 6,500 residents on Long Island live with HIV/AIDS, the highest number of cases of any suburban area in the United States.
“I look forward to representing the Ryan White Planning Council on the United Way board. Having a seat at the table will allow me to raise important issues on behalf of people living with HIV who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Santella, who was named chair of the council after serving two years as vice chair.
As a board member of The HIV League, Dr. Santella will help oversee the organization’s planning and policy decisions and assess progress toward program and financial goals. The board also reviews applications for the HIV League Scholarship, the only national scholarship specifically for college students living with HIV.
“I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to curbing the HIV pandemic. As a researcher and educator here on Long Island, I always try to raise issues relevant to people living with HIV/AIDS in the suburbs,” said Dr. Santella. “Clearly, more work is needed to reverse the pandemic, including better prevention efforts and access to treatment and I plan to continue to do my part to advocate for more federal and state resources and researching facilitators and barriers to HIV prevention, care, and treatment strategies.”