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Talks at Twelve: Ravhee Bholah, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Promoting Sexual Health Including HIV and AIDS Education in School-based Programs though Community Partnerships
Ravee Bholah, School of Science and Mathematics, Mauritius Institute of Education

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

In his talk, Ravhee Bholah will discuss findings related to policy and community partnerships that support sexual health education programs at selected New York State schools. He will share insights on institutional capacities that exist within schools to support these programs. Challenges experienced by schools and officials in the coordination and implementation of such programs, and models used in the training of educators on sexual health will be also addressed.

Ravhee Bholah, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Science and Mathematics at the Mauritius Institute of Education in Mauritius. He has been coordinator of (1) sexuality education and (2) education for sustainable development (ESD) at this institute and has leading roles in curriculum development on sexual health, HIV prevention, and ESD including climate change education in the Republic of Mauritius. Ravhee is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar in the BCTR.

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Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: 2012 International AIDS Conference, Friday, December 7, 2012

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Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: 2012 International AIDS Conference
Streaming multiple speakers from 2012 AIDS Conference

Friday, December 7, 2012
8:45am - 5:00pm
102 Mann Library

The BCTR presents a day-long “hub conference” streaming in sessions from the July 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC). This hub conference will focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission as well as on structural inequalities, their impact on the HIV epidemic, and strategies for “turning the tide together.” Four keystone sessions from the IAC will be streamed in, and local conveners will facilitate discussion.

The event will bring together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, university staff, and local community members to build on key sessions from AIDS 2012. The overarching theme will reflect the focus of both World AIDS Day and of the International AIDS Conference: “Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”. Participants will hear about cutting edge research from leading experts from around the world and will gain insights to inform their current and future work.

Convener: Jennifer Sarah Tiffany, Ph.D., Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Co-convener – Structural Inequalities: Lodoe Sangmo, ’14, Human Biology, Health & Society; Global Health
Co-convener – Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission: Sera Young, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Division of Nutritional Sciences

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For more information and to register to attend all or part of the day, please contact Jennifer Tiffany at

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Talk: Jennifer Tiffany, Thursday, August 23, 2012

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AIDS 2012 - Report from the 19th International AIDS Conference
Jennifer Tiffany, BCTR

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Beebe Hall - 2nd floor conference room

Jennifer Tiffany will present an informal report on major findings and initiatives from the 19th International AIDS Conference (held July 22-29, 2012 in Washington, D.C.) including treatment and prevention updates, new research on HIV and aging, youth activism, policies aimed at eliminating all perinatal transmission by 2015, and areas of hope and concern in the global epidemic. What does it mean to aspire to a generation free from AIDS? What will it take to get there? We willl also explore whether to host a "hub" conference, streaming in selected sessions from the global conference for local participants to view and discuss, during fall 2012.

Jennifer Tiffany serves as Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the BCTR, as Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and as Associate Director for Extension and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology. She's directed HIV risk reduction research and education projects at Cornell since 1989, and presented a paper at the International AIDS Conference on "Active Program Participation and HIV Risk Reduction among Urban Youth: Findings from the Complementary Strengths Research Partnership."

Bring your lunch and your questions! Beverages and dessert will be provided.

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Complementary Strengths findings presented at World AIDS Conference


Jennifer TiffanyJennifer Tiffany presented results from the Complementary Strengths Research Partnership at the 19th World AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 as part of a panel on Young People, HIV, and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.

The paper, co-authored with John Eckenrode, Deinera Exner-Cortens, and Sara Birnel-Henderson and titled Active Program Participation and HIV Risk Reduction among Urban Youth, highlighted the new measure of youth program participation generated by the study; significant positive associations among program participation, social connectedness, and HIV risk reduction scores; possible impacts of average setting-level participation scores on individual youth risk reduction practices; and connections between longer program involvement increased impact of youth participation on risk reduction practices.

The panel was chaired by two youth HIV activists:

Cristina Jade Peña
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Video on Cristina

Pablo Torres Aguilera
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Other papers on the panel addressed community development programs and anti-retroviral therapy for youth in Zimbabwe, national adolescent HIV prevention strategies in 20 countries with high HIV prevalence rates, and strategies to make programs focused on pregnancy prevention and HIV risk reduction work in tandem.

The Complementary Strengths Research Project is supported in part by award #R21NR009764 from the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research and by USDA grant #NYC-323442-0219950. The content of the report is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institutes of Health, or the USDA.