Dr. Gregory Phillips II has been selected to lead the Research, Data, and Evaluation committee of the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative. He will serve along with co-chairs Dr. John Schneider at the University of Chicago’s Center for HIV Elimination, Diana Lemos from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Nanette Benbow from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. This is one of five committees established to help develop a five-year action plan that will be implemented at the city and state level beginning in 2019. The action plan will work to expand PrEP uptake among individuals at risk of acquiring HIV, while also engaging more people living with HIV in care. These efforts will place particular emphasis on identifying and addressing the specific needs of populations disproportionately affected by HIV such as transwomen of color, Black and Latino men who have sex with men, and Black women. If successful, researchers estimate Illinois could effectively end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2027.
Dr. Phillips will begin his work leading conversations on how research, data, and evaluation can be leveraged to assess and improve efforts to achieve this goal at the June 2018 Getting to Zero Committee Kickoff Event. The other committees include Health Care Access, Social Determinants of Health, Housing, and Communications. All individuals interested in joining a Getting to Zero committee are welcome to join; contact Sara Semelka for more information.
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