Congrats to HELI Alumna Dr. Saria Lofton

Congratulations to HELI 2016 alumna Saria Lofton, PhD, RN, on her 2019 diversity supplement award from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)!

In 2017, Dr. Lofton was awarded a two-year NIH supplement, through NINR, under the R01 “Community-Based Implementation Model for HIV Prevention and Testing in Malawi” PI: Kathleen F. Norr, supporting diversity of health professionals in research. In Dr. Lofton’s project, youth used Photovoice to identify community factors by taking photographs of places and situations that encourage or discourage youth risky sexual behaviors in rural Southern Malawi. Youth subsequently developed action plans and implemented community-level changes that focused on providing awareness of HIV prevention and limiting access to places and situations that facilitated risky sex.  

Most recently, in 2019, Dr. Lofton received an additional $20,000 to assess long-term outcomes of the Photovoice project and prepare to advance the science of youth-led interventions to prevent new HIV infections among youth by expanding the Youth Photovoice project to other communities in rural Southern Malawi. This grant was funded by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

Dr. Lofton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing.

Read Dr. Lofton’s recent publication on Photovoice.

Continuing congratulations, Dr. Lofton!

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