DeMarco and Krozy visit Nicaragua
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Associate Professor Rosanna DeMarco and retired faculty member Ronna Krozy spoke at La Universidad Americana (UNAM) in Managua, Nicaragua on September 24, 2012. Dr. Federico Muñoz Fernández, Dean of the Medical School invited medical students from all levels to hear their presentation. Dr. DeMarco presented her program of research directed to aging women at risk and living with HIV infection and Dr Krozy discussed HIV risk and health prevention education needs of those in compromised education and economic situations.
In addition to their talk, Drs. Krozy and DeMarco visited Ciudad Sandino as part of the Connell School’s Global Health Initiative. Ciudad Sandino is the poorest city in Nicaragua, considered the second poorest country in Central America. They directed a collaborative training with the founding members of Jubilee House Community/Center for Development of Central America (CDCA) that reached over 20 community health promoters as well as diverse groups of community residents, using the Women's Voices Women's Lives HIV Prevention Education Film and Curriculum. These programs were conducted jn Ciudad Sandino both at the Neuva Vida Clinic and in community homes during the week. Outcomes included 1) successful validity testing of the film and curriculum use in this culture and 2) implementation of plans for the adoption of measures to evaluate increased HIV health protection and decreased risk in the future using a community-based participatory approach.
Pictured: retired faculty member Ronna Krozy speaking to a group in Ciudad Sandino