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National Webinar: The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Ending the HIV Epidemic

External Sponsor(s):
Hofstra University, Tufts University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) plans focus on populations that are at highest risk for HIV, including youth ages 13 to 24 years who in 2018 accounted for 21% of new HIV infections in the United States. This webinar will focus on how college campuses, including student health centers, may be used to provide students with confidential HIV testing, offering nPEP, PrEP, and linking those with HIV to care. Establishing strategic partnerships with college students may be an effective method to motivate and engage them to participate in EHE implementation strategies.

Learning objectives:
  1. Describe the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among adolescents and young adults (13-24 years).

  2. Explain why the college campus is a unique setting to deliver HIV testing and make college students aware of their serostatus.

  3. Explain why college health centers are uniquely positioned to offer PrEP as a routine part of their services.

  4. Discuss how college students can engage their campuses and classmates in local EHE implementation strategies.


Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MPH (he/him)

Associate Professor of Public Health, Hofstra University

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH (she/her)

Professor of Medicine and Health Behavior, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; Director, Behavior and Technology Lab, UNC

Ariel L. Watriss, MSN, NP-C (she/her)

Nurse Practitioner and Sexual Health Specialist, Tufts University Health Services

Target Audience:
  • Health and human services providers working in HIV prevention, care, and treatment

  • Student health center clinicians (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, etc.)

  • Local and state health department staff involved in planning and implementing EHE strategies