On March 20, 2014, Ankur Srivastava and Shruta Megle, research program managers from the Humsafar Trust, in Mumbai, India, visited Einstein as a guest of its Global Health Center. Before a gathering of students and faculty in the fifth floor conference room in the Price Center/Block Research Pavilion, the duo described their current programs through the presentation, "India's 'Hidden' Populations: Challenges and Solutions to HIV Prevention in Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Communities."
Humsafar Trust (HST), India's first and largest LGBT community-based organization, has been conducting outreach and advocacy around HIV prevention, testing, linkage-to-care and overall health promotion for LGBT and other populations that include men who have sex with men (MSM). The organization also offers comprehensive primary care services, testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, mental health counseling, linkage-to-care services for HIV treatment, and a variety of other social and advocacy services. The presenters described how they've been successful in reducing the culturally ingrained stigma that exists toward MSM and transgender individuals through their use of community-based models to increase access to healthcare for this population.
"Whether in the U.S. or abroad, members of LGBT communities experience health disparities that are important to address," noted Dr. Viraj Patel, assistant professor of medicine, who has worked with the organization. "It was inspiring to learn about the efforts by Humsafar Trust to provide healthcare access to this very vulnerable population."
In addition, HST members have been developing their research capacity since 2004, receiving research and program funding from the Clinton Global Initiative, Gates Foundation, Global Fund, National Institutes of Health and others. They are currently focused on replicating their community outreach model across 47 cities throughout India.
Author Discusses Resources that Aid Global Health Efforts
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Two Esteemed Professors Receive Tenure
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Dr. Calderon Receives Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
LCME Affirms Accreditation for Einstein
Friday, June 26, 2015
Exhibit Addresses Initiatives Aimed at Global Health and Health Inequity
Friday, June 19, 2015
Commencement Celebrates New Doctors and Scientists
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Marmur Symposium Honors Innovative Graduate Student Research
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Nepalese Student Aims to Help Her Homeland
Friday, May 22, 2015
Receiving Top Honors at National Conference
Friday, May 08, 2015
Luncheon Offers Career Mentoring to Medical Students
Tuesday, May 05, 2015