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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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Chen Zhang Co-Authors Study in 'Current HIV/AIDS Reports'

Chen Zhang, PhD, MPH, and Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, dean of the Yale School of Public Health, co-authored "Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV Prevention: A Global Overview" in October's Current HIV/AIDS Reports. Zhang and Vermund revisit the role of VMMC in HIV prevention to inform health professionals, policymakers, and advocates or opponents in this new era. In conclusion, they suggest that health authorities in high HIV incidence areas with low circumcision coverage should implement VMMC within the context of complementary biomedical and behavioral prevention strategies.

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Nurse Researcher Chen Zhang

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Members of the INSHHR group have a broad and expanding network of geographically dispersed research collaborators, working on active projects involving a wide array of content areas in sexual health and HIV science. Follow us on Twitter as we talk about our work and the latest developments in sexual health & HIV science or read more about our recent publications and projects.

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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, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN, 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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