I never knew that people from Grosse Ile, Michigan, are called Islanders. How about people from Grosse Île, Quebec? “Repeating Islands,” indeed! But, back to this important piece of news: Michael Knox, originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan, was awarded a $16 million five-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to provide HIV/AIDS education and consultation to health care providers in Florida and the Caribbean. Knox is a professor of medicine and global health at the University of South Florida; he has been responsible for securing more than $50 million in funding for AIDS/HIV medical education and research. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:
Knox, hired by the USF in Tampa in 1986, said he sees this opportunity as a key to improving the quality of care provided to HIV-infected people and increasing the number of health care professionals capable of diagnosing and treating HIV. “Treatment of HIV/AIDS is complex, and frequent developments in medical guidelines, as well as new drugs, require clinicians to receive continuous education,” Knox said. “Basically, patients who receive quality medical care will live longer and have a better life.”
The new grant will be used to operate the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center, which will provide education for physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals treating people with HIV/AIDS throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our training will reach a diverse group of health care professionals, with a special focus on those who serve minority patients, rural communities, incarcerated persons and other underserved populations,” Knox said.
Knox founded the USF Center for HIV Education and Research in 1988. Knox said he will direct a team of faculty from the USF center and five other universities: Florida A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands.
[. . .] Statehealthfacts.org estimated that in 2007, 48,645 people in Florida, 10,952 in Puerto Rico and 317 in the Virgin Islands were living with AIDS. [. . .] “Research conducted over many years and throughout the world has demonstrated that HIV/AIDS prevention programs work,” Knox said. “There is no rational excuse for 56,000 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year. It’s just a matter of public and government priorities.” Knox said the amount of money the U.S. government spends in a year on HIV/AIDS treatment, research and prevention programs combined is less than it spends every four days to fund its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Our government prioritizes war over education, health care, medical research, the development of alternative energy sources and everything else positive,” he said.
For more information on Dr. Knox’s programs, research and publications, see http://www.usfcenter.org/knox/