Alan Greenberg, Lorena Segarra, Sam Simmens and Amanda Castel Published in PLOS ONE

DC CFAR Director Dr. Alan Greenberg (GW) with Center Associate Ms. Lorena Segarra (GW), Clinical Population Sciences Core Co-Director Dr. Sam Simmens (GW), EHE Scientific Working Group Directors Dr. Amanda Castel (GW) and Michael Kharfen (DC Health), and Chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department at NIH Dr. Henry Masur (NIH) recently published a new article in the PLOS ONE Journal April 2021 entitled “Highly variable trends in rates of newly diagnosed HIV cases in U.S. hotspots, 2008-2017”.
The authors used publicly available data from CDC to examined historical trends in the average annual percent change (AAPC) in HIV diagnosis rates for the 57 EHE high incidence “hotspots” identified in the EHE initiative using Joinpoint analysis. The article assessed the ecologic association of various hotspot characteristics with changes in HIV rates over time using a multivariable regression model.
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Adnan Hyder and Nino Paichadze offer their commentaries about the rise in gun sales during the pandemic

Senior Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Global Health, Adnan Hyder, and Global Health research expert, Nino Paichadze, share their commentary about the rise in sale of guns during the pandemic.

These tactics are often unrecognized and allows them to profit from public health emergencies. The Center on Commercial Determinants of Health at GWSPH hopes to expose such practices and help inform policy and regulatory action in worldwide.

Adventure Bound Activities

Adventure Bound is GW’s outdoor co-curricular, pre-orientation experience for first-year and new undergraduate students. Each Adventure Bound is led by experienced student guides to help first year students transition to GW and college life. The program consists of outdoor adventure activities, spending time connecting in nature, learning new skills, and small groups to help students build authentic relationships. An important part of the program is a Learning Partner to help connect students to GW faculty and staff on a more personal level. Faculty and staff serve as Learning Partners (LP’s) as the official university representative and to build better relationships with incoming students. Student guides lead the entire trip, but LP’s help provide guidance when needed to our student leaders. Being a LP is a fun way to connect with new students outside of the classroom. As a Learning Partner, all travel and program costs are covered for dedicating your time to this volunteer opportunity. No previous outdoor experience or certifications are required, as all of the trips are open to beginners and our student leaders are certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR. Experience travelling with students is a plus, however is also not required. Adventure Bound will take place this year from August 21-24, 2021. The program will include and adapt all university guidelines for COVID-19 policies. Please see below for more information about our trips and our Learning Partner needs. Although we will be recruiting until we have filled all of the spots, please make contact by Friday, May 28th, that would be preferred. Please reach out to Rebecca Burwell, Program Coordinator for Outdoor Leadership at if you are interested!

Camping & Hiking in Shenandoah National Park (2 trips):  August 21-23; 8 incoming students, 2-3 student guides, 1 learning partner for each trip; A small group experience, with a focus on car camping and hiking! This experience will include some of the best hikes in Shenandoah National Park and George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.

Ocean: August 21-24; 24 incoming students, 5 student guides, 1-2 learning partners; This trip ventures to Virginia Beach and camps in First Landing State Park. Among beach time & hikes in the area, this trip also includes a kayaking tour along the bay and a surfing lesson.

DC Adventure + Service: August 21-23; 25 incoming students, 5-6 student guides, 1-2 learning partners; This trip was created to be more accessible for people that are not interested in camping, but still want to participate in outdoor activities. New students will stay in their own housing accommodations, but gather during the day through the evening. Activities include indoor rock climbingkayaking or paddle boarding on the Potomac, hiking in Rock Creek Park, and 1-2 outdoor service opportunities.


The GWSPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force celebrates Armed Forces Day

This year on May 15 we celebrate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day  is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America.

Armed Forces Day is a joint celebration of all six branches of the U.S. military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the newly created Space Force. The day honors all people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. This includes the men and women who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard, including the National Guard and Reserve components.

The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard are the armed forces of the United States. The Army National Guard and the Air National Guard are reserve components of their services and operate in part under state authority
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The GWSPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force celebrates Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week

On May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. The event is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and is implemented by the FOP Memorial Committee. The annual event draws 25,000 to 40,000 law enforcement officers, their families, and other visitors to attend. Many people in the United States will pay tribute to officers who lost their lives or were injured in their jobs. According to Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), about 140-160 officers are killed in the line of duty each year and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. Many businesses and community members across the nation, especially those who lost family members, friends or colleagues who were local officers, will lower their flags in remembrance of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Some police departments hold an annual law enforcement memorial ceremony on this day.



The GWSPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force celebrates Older Americans Month


Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.”  Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities. From finding joy in small things and sharing our stories, to looking at the big picture and giving to others, join us in promoting the ways we are connected and strong. Click here for more information

The GWSPH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force continues to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month



Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as “Mental Health Month”) has been observed  in the United States since 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health).. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings. During the month of May, MHA, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

2021 theme is  Tools 2 Thrive, providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation.  For more information click here