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Transforming public health responses to Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in British Columbia

You are invited! Dr. Sofia Bartlett will be giving a presentation on Friday, April 26.

Presentation: Transforming public health responses to Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in British Columbia

Room B104, School of Population and Public Health, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
If attending on Zoom, please register using the link below to receive the Zoom details.

About the presentation

Public health responses centred on intensification of testing and treatment have reduced transmission of viral hepatitis and HIV in British Columbia (BC) in recent years. However, these strategies do not address the underlying inequities that sustain epidemics of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBI). As evidenced by the recent rapid surge in syphilis transmission among heterosexual people in BC, failure to address underlying inequities may limit the long term success and sustainability of ‘test & treat’ strategies. This presentation will introduce Dr. Bartlett’s program of research to the SPPH community, outlining previous work identifying inequities related to STBBIs, and ongoing work to address these.

About the presenter

After completing her PhD in Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Sofia Bartlett completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC as a CIHR and Health Research BC funded Health System Impact Fellow. In 2021, she took up a position at the BC Centre for Disease Control as the Senior Scientist for STBBIs, and currently serves there as the Interim Scientific Director for Clinical Prevention Services. Dr. Bartlett leads a diverse program of applied public health research that aims to develop and implement person and community-centred public health responses to STBBIs.

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