Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics
Dr. Donna Futterman is the Director of the Adolescent AIDS Program, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York where she has worked since 1989 and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Futterman has published more than 50 articles and chapters on the care of HIV and at-risk youth and an award winning book entitled, Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling.
She is a Board member of: Life Beat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS and a South African program: Mothers to Mothers. In 2001, she spent a six month sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa working with the provincial health ministry on their AIDS response and at the University of Cape Town and since that time has worked as both a CDC consultant and NIH and CDC-funded researcher in South Africa.
Dr. Donna Futterman is the Director of the Adolescent AIDS Program, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York. The Adolescent AIDS Program (AAP) provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial care to HIV+ and at-risk Bronx adolescents. The AAP engages in NIH-funded clinical, behavioral and community-based research on youth and HIV as well as community prevention and training of health care providers. The AAP also plays a major leadership role- in “the Bronx Knows”- a Health Department Initiative to provide HIV testing to all Bronx Residents. The AAP is also funded by CDC-PEPFAR to scale-up HIV testing and care in the public health sector in South Africa.
Einstein Sponsored Projects:
The Adolescent AIDS Program is actively engaged in clinical and public health work in both The Bronx, New York and South Africa. In both sites, a major focus of work is to scale-up new approaches to HIV counseling, testing and care for HIV-positive youth within clinical and community setting using a streamlined testing protocol called ACTS. The AAP also engages in innovative, comprehensive care for HIV+ and at-risk youth.
Potential research projects could include:
- Assessment of providers’ utilization of HIV clinical care guidelines.
- Development and assessment of innovative, clinic-based prevention interventions for HIV-positive and HIV-negative youth.
- Assessment of linkage to care among newly identified HIV youth and development of strategies to improve linkage to care.
- Assessment of HIV testing operations and data collection in youth-serving clinics and development of Quality Improvement plans to improve these functions
ACTS South Africa is based in Cape Town, South Africa but will expand into other provinces in 2010. Opportunities for research can be scheduled during the summer of 2010 as well as later dates. Dr. Futterman will be available at Montefiore to further develop research programs with accepted candidates to meet the established goals of ACTS South Africa.