As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the globe, our commitment to issues of health equity on behalf of communities affected by HIV and AIDS in California is stronger than ever. We don’t know nearly enough about COVID-19 and its effect on people living with HIV, especially those made vulnerable due to comorbidities. Since case reporting began, in collaboration with our partners at Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), we have been mapping COVID-19 cases on background HIV prevalence in Los Angeles County in order to track the ways in which these two epidemics overlap.
Diane Tan is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where she is writing her dissertation on racial/ethnic disparities in health insurance coverage stability in the US and implications for access to care for those living with a chronic condition. She also serves as Associate Director of the Policy Impact Core of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS).
Lui Cordero is a Public Administration Analyst at UCLA’s Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center. She has graduate degrees from London School of Economics and UCLA and a longstanding interest in development and its relation to globalization and democratization. Her work at the Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers involves the study of health policies affecting marginalized communities.
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