Magnifying vulnerabilities: Food insecurity and HIV outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Leddy completed her PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (TAPS) program at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. Her research seeks to understand the social and structural factors that contribute to HIV-related health disparities among women. She has conducted research in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States on the role of food insecurity and gender-based violence on HIV outcomes, and how empowerment approaches such as community mobilization might address these determinants. Her research is informed by social and behavioral theory and employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the complex dynamics that shape HIV outcomes. In this talk, she will highlight her research on food insecurity and HIV care and treatment outcomes among women living with and at risk for HIV in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS).