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South Carolina: Center for Healthcare Quality Researchers Publish Three Special Issues Focused on Resilience among HIV Populations

The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health has a long history of conducting research to help improve physical and mental health outcomes for vulnerable populations. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, for example, is addressed by scientists from a variety of angles and perspectives. The breadth and depth of this area of research has experienced an explosion of grown since the arrival of Dr. Xiaoming Li in 2015.

A professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB), Dr. Li joined UofSC to continue his social and behavioral HIV-related research that has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001. Upon his arrival, the Endowed Chair for Clinical Translational Research established the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) to improve the effectiveness and affordability of healthcare in South Carolina. Over the past four years, the Center has grown to include 40 individuals (i.e., core faculty/staff, faculty associates, consultants, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, undergraduate research assistants, and Junior Scholars) and a network of 30 additional alumni and international collaborators.

In the last year alone, Dr. Li and CHQ director of research Dr. Sayward Harrison (also a faculty member in the HPEB department) have led the development of three special issues tied to the construct of HIV resilience. They first pitched their idea to AIDS, the leading journal in the world on HIV-related research and the publisher of two special issues that were produced by Dr. Li and CHQ/HPEB researcher Dr. Shan Qiao in 2015.

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