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Robert Avina is the Lead Disease Intervention Section (DIS) Epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Adjunct Professor at HSCI-CSUSB. He has a decade of direct experience working in the field of HIV prevention both in non-profit and county government holding positions, such as HIV Program Director overseeing Ryan White Part A and HIV Care Program. His role as Biomedical Preventions Manager in leading a two-year demonstration project called Project PrIDE through CDPH bring the necessary expertise to further serve the SGM population. Dr. Avina been invited by community partners to promote preventive measures, especially among young adults, and as such am ideally positioned to serve on this project to ensure effective evaluation strategy. Below are examples of such invited speaking engagements from the community, including university-wide initiative for young adults the Inland Empire to learn about safe sex practices.

Avina RM, Banta JE, Mataya R, Becerra BJ, & Becerra MB (2022). “Burden of Mental Illness among Primary HIV Discharges: A Retrospective Analysis of Inpatient Data.” Healthcare, 10(5), 804. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare10050804

Avina RM, Mullen M, Mshigeni S, & Becerra MB (2020). “I Actually Don’t Know What HIV Is”: A Mixed Methods Analysis of College Students’ HIV Literacy. Diseases, 8(1):1. DOI: 10.3390/diseases8010001

Becerra MB, Avina RM, Mshigeni S, & Becerra BJ (2020). Low Human Papillomavirus Literacy Among Asian-American Women in California: An Analysis of California Health Interview Survey. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 7(4), 678–686. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-020-00698-7.

Becerra MB, Roland TC, Avina RM & Becerra BJ (2022). “Unmet healthcare needs among college students during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for system-wide and structural changes for service delivery.” Accepted at Healthcare.

Avina RM, Corral K, Becerra BJ & Becerra MB (2018). Burden of Clostridium Difficile and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: An Assessment of Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Journal of Prevention and Treatment of HIV. 2(2): 008.

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