Our research team went to the International Women & HIV Workshop in Seattle, WA in February 2023, to present our work on HIV prevention for women using PrEP! Our team had three abstracts that were accepted: two were accepted as part of their poster viewing session, and one was accepted as an oral presentation.
Runzhi Wang, MD, MHS, postdoctoral fellow, presented a poster during the conference’s guided poster tour session and an oral presentation. The poster presentation depicted the findings of a previous study done by our team. The study was a randomized controlled trial that utilized Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles and examined the impact of improvements to the electronic health record vs a nurse-delivered intervention on increasing PrEP outreach and initiation. The oral presentation was about the result of using the electronic health record system’s Best Practice Alerts to promote PrEP awareness in cisgender women.
At the International Women and HIV conference, I had the opportunity to present our project on clinic-based interventions to enhance PrEP awareness and uptake among OB/GYN clinic patients. The conference's diverse audience, consisting of physicians, scientists, community workers, social workers, and social researchers, provided invaluable insights into HIV prevention and management from various angles. Engaging in conversations with them broadened my understanding and enriched my experience at the conference. - Runzhi Wang
Research coordinator, Lillee Izadi, also presented at the conference. Lillee shared, "This was not only my first international conference, but the first conference I’ve ever attended in general. I must admit that because there were so many attendees from a variety of different backgrounds and places around the world, it made it that much more thrilling and inspiring to be a part of the workshop. In addition to just hearing about the latest and greatest research taking place all around the world, you could just feel the presence and culture of acceptance in every session, debate, and panel discussion. It truthfully instilled in me hope that within my lifetime, there will be some major efforts around the de-stigmatization of chronic illnesses, like HIV."
I presented a poster about the protocol of our latest research study, which is an effectiveness- implementation trial to increase PrEP initiation in cisgender women using an electronic HIV risk tool. We are currently in the process of pilot testing this study at seven of our outpatient OB/GYN clinics, and it’s shaping up to be something we hope to implement on a larger scale. - Lillee Izadi
Lillee also shared, "Aside from the atmosphere, the research projects that were discussed brought a fresh and diverse perspective on current issues facing women’s health today. Needless to say, I learned a lot in just a short couple of days, and I look forward to attending more of these conferences in the future.
It was wonderful to attend with Runzhi - she did a wonderful job presenting and I can attest that she’s been awesome to work with on our current and upcoming projects."