Informatics Research Seminar: Vaccine: NC Teenagers and HPV

April 15 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Deborah A. Fortune, PhD, MCHES, FAAHE
Presented from NCCU

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Initially in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, relatively few women and female adolescents were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.  Currently, the face of HIV/AIDS is increasingly becoming rural, female, and Black heterosexual.  Not only is the epidemic increasing among southern Black women, the transmission is also increasing among college students, especially at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Thus, the purpose of this presentation is to describe the adaptation and implementation of an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for African American women aged 18-24 years in a college setting.  Additionally, this presentation will discuss the use of computer technology in implementing the intervention for African American college women.


Deborah A. Fortune, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at North Carolina Central University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.  Prior to her current position, Dr. Fortune was the director of the National HIV & CSHE Project with the American Association for Health Education.  She has been a faculty member at the following institutions: East Tennessee State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Marymount University.  Dr. Fortune received her B.S. degree in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, M.S. degree in Community Health Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Ph.D. in Public Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Fortune has provided instructor training in comprehensive school health education (Growing Healthy curriculum and Teenage Health Teaching Modules), HIV/AIDS for African Americans, youth violence prevention, and cultural diversity in health education.  Her research interests include HIV and sexual health among African American college women, youth violence prevention, professional preparation in health education, and faculty and youth mentoring.