InCHIP Lecture and Roundtable Discussion: William Darrow 3/29/18

Please join us for two special events Thursday March 29, 2018!

William Darrow, PhD
Florida International University
Thursday March 29, 2018

Lecture: 12:30 – 1:30pm
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“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine—Tuskegee, Patient 0, and Evidence-Based Public Health”
Most Americans are probably familiar with—and have formed strong opinions about— “The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” the villainous “Patient 0” who intentionally spreads an infectious disease to innocent victims, and “Obamacare” (a synonym for the current state and costs of medical services), but how many Americans have explored in depth the background and context of these historical events?  The recent publication of Richard McKay’s “myth-smashing revisionist history at its best” book, “Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic,” provides an opportunity for public health professionals and others who might be interested to revisit the past and sort out popular perceptions from documented facts.  The purpose of this presentation is to re-examine some of the scientific and ethical aspects of the “Tuskegee Study,” the characterizations of “Patient 0,” and the similarities and differences of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based public health.

Roundtable Discussion: 2:00 – 3:30pm, Colloquium Room
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“From Patient 0 to Getting to Zero—A Brief History of the AIDS Epidemic”
With the announcement of “highly active” anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996, the focus of HIV prevention efforts and federal funding in the United States shifted from the promotion of “safer sex” and ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, and use a Condom) messaging for behavior change to programs predicated on conceptualizations of “treatment as prevention,” “high-impact [biomedical] interventions,” and “pre-” and “post-exposure prophylaxis.” Policies and programs turned away from the community mobilization model of a “new public health” as outlined in the Ottawa Charter (1986) and implemented through “community planning” by state and local health departments in the mid-1990s towards a narrowly defined but politically more practical—and palatable—biomedical model for the 21st century. This round table discussion is meant to be provocative by reviewing the post-HAART history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, plausible explanations for the more recent turn of events, and the effectiveness of HIV-prevention programs.

Lecture Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Economics
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine

For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Livestream Access
View the live stream of the lecture via the InCHIP website, or view it later in our archives.


About the InCHIP Lecture Series
The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.