Pharmacy-Centered HIV Research: Current Landscape and Future Frontiers
This meeting will convene multisectoral stakeholders to assess the current state of activity and research opportunities in pharmacy-based delivery of HIV testing, prevention, and care. Pharmacies are often viewed as neutral, non-stigmatizing locations to access healthcare, and they offer convenient access through extended store hours and co-location in neighborhoods and communities affected by HIV. The US National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2022-2025 therefore identifies pharmacies and the pharmacist workforce “as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention and care strategy to expand access to care and improve population health.” Building models for effective pharmacy-based delivery and support of HIV testing, prevention, and care will require further implementation science research and multisectoral collaboration.
The objectives of the meeting are as follows:
Primary objectives: Convene a multisectoral group of researchers, pharmacists and other pharmacy-involved professionals, community members, and federal partners to: (1) survey the current landscape and evidence base for pharmacy-centered HIV testing, prevention, and care; and (2) identify future research directions that could advance this front.
Secondary objectives: Consider how pharmacy-centered approaches could further:
o Address HIV-related comorbidities
o Reach health disparities populations
o Leverage HIV trainings for pharmacists and pharmacy students
o Facilitate HIV clinical research
This meeting will take place through a fully virtual format on June 28th and 29th from 1:00pm-5:00pm each day. The meeting is sponsored by the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and NIMH, in partnership with NIAAA, NIDA, NHLBI, NIAID, NICHD, and NIMHD. You are invited to register for this public meeting.