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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations

Feb 22, 2022

Welcome back to our series on Tribal Epidemiology Centers and Public Health!
In this episode, you’ll meet Courtney Allen, MPH, CHES, whose primary focus for the majority of her working career has been HIV prevention and awareness. She currently holds the position of Public Health Advisor (PHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center, where she helps the community acquire funding for HIV prevention, as well as conducting surveillance reports, and other tasks.
We discuss Courtney’s work at the Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center and the various ways that they are working to end the HIV epidemic in their communities.
Tuning in, you'll hear Courtney describe how stigma, distrust, and the presence of a pre-established HIV prevention program informs how communities respond to interventions and initiatives. Next, we unpack some of the ways that they are working to make HIV testing more anonymous and accessible through initiatives like the ‘I want a kit’ project, and why it’s so beneficial in the fight against this epidemic.
Courtney also shares an example of why a working knowledge of epidemiology is beneficial to anyone working in public health, along with some inspiring words of advice on why you should never sell yourself short.
Tune in for a wonderful and insightful conversation on Tribal Epidemiology Centers, a career in public health, and community!

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