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Interdisciplinary Sexual Health & HIV Research

Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Nursing seek to advance sexual health and HIV science that has an impact on ending the HIV epidemic nationally and globally.

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About the INSHHR Group

The Interdisciplinary Sexual Health & HIV Research (INSHHR) group was formed in 2014 by School of Nursing clinical and research faculty, postdocs, and PhD students. The INSHHR group leverages investigator diversity, creativity, experience, and skills across multiple disciplines to increase innovation, productivity, and impact in the conduct of research aimed at improving sexual health and HIV-related outcomes with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

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Remembering Dr. Stephaun Wallace

We at INSHHR would like to acknowledge the life and legacy of Stephaun Wallace, PhD, a social justice advocate, researcher and public health professional in the world of HIV. Wallace started his work in the HIV vaccine field when he moved to Rochester and partnered with the HIV vaccine research team led by Michael Keefer, MD at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His time here shaped his advocacy for research on biomedical HIV prevention strategies. Wallace's leadership in the HIV Vaccine Trial Network and advocacy in Black and Queer spaces, speaks to his commitment in ending the HIV epidemic. Though he will be missed, his influence reaches wide and will be felt for time to come.

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Portrait of epidemiologist Stephaun Wallace, wearing a maroon shirt and black jacket.
Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN

Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN

Chair, Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research (INSHHR) group
Harriet J. Kitzman Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Natalie Leblanc has a 20-year career in public health, nursing, and health research. Her work investigates the ecological, cultural, and systemic factors (social determinants of health) that influence health and wellness outcomes. As a former public health specialist, Leblanc is able to critically assess health issues from both public health and clinical perspectives — globally and domestically. As a nurse researcher, Leblanc seeks to address and investigate determinants of health disparity, assets within these factors that can be leveraged toward achieving health equity to inform intervention implementation.



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