Celebrating 20 Years

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention celebrated its 20th anniversary with an address and award dinner in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, April 17, 2014. David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General, was the featured speaker and was awarded the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award by RCAP senior director, William L. Yarber, and Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan’s mother. Nearly 100 community, government and academic health professionals and students attended the gala dinner including dignitaries such as the Indiana State Health Commissioner, Executive Director of the Indiana Public Health Association, President and CEO of Indiana University Health Bloomington, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the University Graduate School, and the Vice President of Planning and Program Development of the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

In Memory of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (10/13/16 – 2/25/13)

RCAP morns the death of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, who died February 25, 2013. RCAP honored Dr. Koop is the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award and doctoral student research 4
grants. Click here to see a Bloomington Herald-Times article about RCAP’s relationship with Dr. Koop.

Project CREATE

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention is pleased to announce a new online awareness community initiative, called Project CREATE (create rural education AIDS tailoring effort). This program has several features: (1) individuals can create their own posters tailed to their rural community, (2) individuals can participate in media-driven story telling in which they can share HIV/AIDS-related pictures, blogs, videos, and audio, and (3) individuals can find support and guidance through a custom-tailed forum with five distinct HIV/AIDS topics. This innovative program was developed by HIV/AIDS prevention specialists at the University of Kentucky and Indiana University. To access this program go to the RCAP website and click on the Project CREATE portal.

The process of developing Project CREATE and its features are described in a recently published manuscript:  McGladrey M, Noar S, Crosby R, Young A, and Webb E. (2012). Creating Project CREATE: Lessons learned and best practices for developing web-based resources for public heath practitioners. American Journal of Health Education, 43, 341-348.  (Click here for PDF).

C. Everett Koop Grant and Ryan White Scholarship Recipients Announced

RCAP is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV/AIDS Research Grant, doctoral students Junhan Cho of University of Georgia and Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein of Vanderbilt University, and the first recipient of the Ryan White Legacy Scholarship, Christiana von Hippel, a MPH student at Indiana University. See the Student Support section for a photo and brief bio of each of these students.

Nicky Bennett is appointed RCAP Prevention Fellow

Nicky Bennett, former RCAP research assistant and MPH student at Indiana University, has been appointed the first RCAP Prevention Fellow. Nicky graduated in spring 2012 from the Master of Public Health degree program with a concentration in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health. He has particular interest in community health focusing on HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. Nicky has participated in numerous sexual health research projects including RCAP projects. His background in non-profit managements lends itself to the continued advancement of RCAP.

RCAP co-director Susan Dreisbach retires

The directors of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention are sorry to inform you that one its co-directors, Susan Dresibach, PhD, has retired and will no longer serve RCAP as co-director. Susan recently retired as assistant research professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Colorado Denver. Susan will continue to be affiliated with RCAP as co-director emeritus.

Dr. Dreisbach was an RCAP co-director nearly a decade and made numerous and significant contributions to the mission of RCAP and to advancing HIV/STD prevention in rural American. Among her noteworthy contributions was senior editor of the RCAP guidelines, Tearing Down Fences: HIV/STD Prevention in Rural America (2009). FENCES is the first and only guide for HIV/STD prevention for rural communities published in the United States. The need and value of this guide is illustrated by the fact that over 6000 copies have been distributed, upon request, to prevention specialists throughout the country. This landmark guide continues to provide prevention strategies and resources as a “living document” on the RCAP website. Susan’s wisdom and leadership made FENCES a valuable contribution to controlling HIV/STD in rural America.

Susan wrote RCAP fact sheets including HIV/AIDS in Rural America: Challenges and Promising Strategies (2009) and Rural Methamphetamine Use and HIV/STD Risk (2006). The fact sheets have been highly popular with numerous downloads from the RCAP website. Susan also made several presentations at the RCAP national conference and authored publications for the RCAP monograph, many of which reported the results of rural prevention needs assessment that helped shape RCAP activities.

Susan’s commitment to HIV/STD prevention in rural communities has been a valuable asset to RCAP. RCAP has been fortunate to have her as a co-director as very few people have the wisdom of HIV/STD prevention needs of rural America as Susan. Thanks, Susan, for all that you did for RCAP and rural America. We will always be grateful.\

RCAP Presents Award to Dr. Otis R. Bowen

Otis R. Bowen, MD, received the 2012 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award from RCAP. The award recognizes Dr. Bowen’s contributions to efforts in the 1980s to raise public awareness of AIDS at a time when little was known about disease. Bowen, former governor of Indiana, was secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the early part of the epidemic and was instrumental in supporting then U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in his successful effort to send an informational AIDS pamphlet to every home in America. Koop received the 2010 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. Otis 94, received the award March 13 at his residence near Bremen, Ind., where he retired after an active career in medical practice, politics and academic, where he was professor of family medicine at his alma mater, Indiana University.

Anne M. Bowen, PhD, is appointed RCAP co-director

The co-directors of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention are pleased to announce that Anne M. Bowen, PhD, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, has been appointed an RCAP co-director. Dr. Bowen is professor in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and Director of the Nightingale Center for Nursing Scholarship. Anne has made several presentations at the RCAP national conference and published in the RCAP monograph. Prior to this appointment Anne was an RCAP research fellow.

Dr. Bowen is a licensed clinical psychologist with interesting in Health Promotion and interventions for people with chronic illness. Her research focuses on reducing risks for acquiring and transmitting the HIV virus. She is especially interested in developing interventions for rural people. She recently completed and Internet intervention for rural MSM with exciting results and is currently developing an Internet intervention to reduce depression among rural men who have sex with men. The intervention will be innovative in that the approach utilizes the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness to help men live the life they want to live.

Anne has just completed a qualitative study with rural methamphetamine users in Wyoming. She is also engaged in cross cultural work and developing HIV risk reduction interventions for urban drug users in Tanzania. Finally, she is mentoring graduate students and nursing faculty on projects examining HPV vaccine acceptance, health care for women who have sex with women, women screening for breast and cervical cancer, and factors affecting rural peoples’ use of the internet to obtain health information.

RCAP Creates Koop Graduate Student Research Grants

RCAP announced the establishment of an endowed research grant, the Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV/AIDS Research grant, on October 14, 2011,  the eve of Dr. Koop’s 95th birthday on October 15.  Beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year this grant will be awarded annually by RCAP on a competitive basis nationally to support doctoral student research related to HIV/AIDS prevention. Click here to see the press release about this grant. Application information will be provided in Spring 2012  in the Student Support icon on the left part of the RCAP homepage.

RCAP Presents Award to Dr. James W. Curran

James W. Curran, MD, MPH, received the 2011 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award from RCAP at RCAP national conference, April 2011.  Dr. Curran is Dean and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, since 1995.  In 2009, the Deanship of the School was endowed in his honor and he holds the position as the first James W. Curran Dean of Public Health.  Since 1997, he has also served as Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Curran has been author of more than 260 scientific publications. He is immediate past Chair of the Office of AIDS Research Council of the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Curran came to Emory from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he served for over two decades.  From 1981 to 1995 he was a leader of CDC’s HIV research and prevention efforts. 

RCAP Appoints Two Student Research Assistants

Nicky Bennett and Christiana von Hippel, MPH students in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, have been appointed RCAP research assistants for the 2011-2012 academic year.  They will assist in RJCAP projects and join Alex Marshall, PhD candidate in health behavior at IU, who is also a RCAP research assistant. Brief bios of these students are in our About Us section.

Dr. Beth Meyerson becomes RCAP Co-Director

The RCAP Directors are pleased to announce a new RCAP co-director, Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD, a new assistant professor of health policy & management in the Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Meyerson is a superb addition to RCAP and her expertise will greatly contribute to the RCAP mission. We are most pleased that she has become part of the RCAP team. See the bios of RCAP directors under About Us to learn more about Beth.

RCAP 2011 Monograph

In cooperation with  Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary (ESG), RCAP recently published a special edition of the ESG monograph, “The Eighth Special Issue on AIDS/STD Education and Prevention in Rural Communities.”  This special issue includes seven invited papers and four brief program reports. The lead article by Susan Dreisbach, RCAP co-director, describes the report of 230 respondents from 44 states concerning rural HIV/STD prevention needs, barriers and programs. Go to the Monograph tab on left side of page for a PDF of the entire monograph. Free copies of the monograph are available upon request to RCAP.

RCAP 2011 Conference Plenary PowerPoints

The RCAP conference, HIV/STD Prevention in Rural Communities: Sharing Successful Strategies VII, April 7-9, 2-011, at Indiana University, Bloomington, attracted over 150 participants from over 20 states and a record number oral presentations. The PowerPoint presentations and link to five plenary presentations are provided here: James W. Curran of Emory University, AIDS at 30 years: Lessons learned and challenges ahead (click here); Robert Foley of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Prevention and advocacy in an era of reality, recession, and recission (click here); Lenadro Mena of University of Mississippi Medical Center, Preventing HIV among AA MSM in the Deep South in a context of stigma, homophobia, poverty, and high STD rates (click here); Leticia Manning of the Office of Rural Health Policy,  Office of Rural Health Policy: Rural community-based practices on HIV/AIDS (click here); Cornelis Rietmeyer of Colorado School of Public Health, HIV/STI prevention and the (not so new) media (click here); and Richard A. Crosby, Cynthia A. Graham, Robin R. Milhausen, Stephanie A. Sanders, and William L. Yarber, Condom-use errors and problems: A decade of research by The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (click here).

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