103. Southeastern U.S.: MSM and Young African Women
Session: Symposium: Still at Highest Risk: Innovative Approaches & Urgent Needs for Prevention and Care
Thursday, October 4, 2018: 8:45 AM
Room: S 305-314
Leandro Mena, MD, Population Health Science, University of Mississippi Medical Center John D. Bower School of Population Health, Jackson, MS; Medicine/Infectious Diseases, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson, MS

Leandro Mena is a clinician-educator-researcher with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. He is professor and founding chair of the Department of Population Heath Science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center John D. Bower School of Population Health. He is professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and directs the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education & Policy at the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities in Jackson, MS. He is Mississippi’s STD Medical Director. He co-founded Open Arms Healthcare Center (a community based clinic that focus on the health needs of LGBT populations). In recognition to his work developing a model program of culturally-competent HIV prevention and care for Black men who have sex with men which is being replicated in other cities in the country, he was awarded the 2016 Achievement Award by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). He is board certified in infectious diseases. Dr. Mena is a research fellow with the Rural Center for STD/HIV Prevention (Indiana University). Dr. Mena’s interests include the understanding dynamics of HIV transmission in racial/ethnic, gender and sexual minorities as well as the development and provision of culturally competent quality health services to these populations.


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