Anthony Santella, DrPH, associate professor of public health in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, received the World AIDS Day Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for HIV in honor of his commitment and contributions toward promoting the health and well-being of New Yorkers.
The honor was presented by New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, during the 2018 Ending the Epidemic Summit, a two-day conference held in Albany on Dec. 4th and 5th. Hosted by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, the third annual summit brought key partners together to share efforts made so far in the state’s proposed plan to curb the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Dr. Santella, along with collaborator Scott Petersen of Pride for Youth, a local LGBTQ organization, also led a workshop entitled, “Developing, Implementing and Evaluating a U=U Campaign on Long Island.” Their presentation focused on the importance of an effective information campaign regarding U=U — “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” – which stresses that people living with HIV who take their medications and have no viral load have no risk of sexually passing on the virus to a HIV-negative partner.
In other sessions during the summit, Dr. Santella, colleagues and students presented posters on various research topics including;
- “PrEP Uptake and Barriers among MSM and Transwomen in the Largest Suburban HIV Epidemic in the United States,” by Spring C. Cooper, PhD; Anthony Santella, DrPH, MPH, MCHES; Alana Doonachar, MS, 2019 MPH candidate.
- “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices toward PrEP from MSM and Transwomen in the Largest Suburban HIV Epidemic in the United States,” by Anthony Santella , DrPH, MPH, MCHES; Spring C. Cooper, PhD; Andrew Spieldenner, PhD; Kathleen Rosales, MPH; Heidi E. Jones, PhD
- “Using Data to Improve HIV Testing & Identify Health Disparities Among PLWH on Long Island,” by Jessica Clark, MPH’16, CHES; Joseph McGowan, MD, FACP, FIDSA
- “The HALO Collaborative: Closing the Gap between Social Factors and the Delivery System,” by Ronald Sanchez, MPH’14, CHES; Rashi Kumar, MUP Healthfirst Inc.
Dr. Santella, who is also chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Ryan White HIV Planning Council, teaches undergraduate courses in the Health Science and LGBTQ+ Studies programs as well as graduate courses in the Master of Public Health program.