Dr. Amy Nunn conducts social science research examining the structural, social and behavioral factors influencing racial disparities in HIV infection in the United States. She received an NIH Career Development Award in 2010 to investigate the role of sexual networks and other factors contributing racial disparities in HIV infection. Dr. Nunn is a passionate social justice advocate committed to using her research for positive social change. Read below for more details.

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Dr. Amy Nunn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown Medical School. She holds a secondary appointment in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She currently conducts HIV prevention research related to health disparities and HIV/AIDS, HIV testing, sexual networks, and how to best link people living with HIV/AIDS to treatment and care services.

Dr. Nunn is best known for her innovative community partnerships to address disparities, including engaging clergy and community leaders in HIV testing, treatment and social marketing campaigns. In 2012, she established a comprehensive, neighborhood-based HIV and HCV prevention and treatment program called "Do One Thing." Do One Thing responds to unmet needs for testing and treatment in a Philadelphia neighborhood with high rates of HIV and HCV infection. In 2011, she founded Philly Faith in Action, a coalition of clergy in Philadelphia, PA who work collaboratively to reduce racial disparities in HIV infection. In 2013, Dr. Nunn expanded her work with clergy by establishing Mississippi Faith in Action, a similar coalition based in the heart of the Bible Belt in Jackson, Mississippi.

A social scientist by training, Dr. Nunn has worked in several countries and conducted domestic and international research on a variety of health topics, including HIV/AIDS, access to reproductive health services, and family planning. Dr. Nunn has also conducted global health policy research that explores how politics, economics and intellectual property rights affect AIDS policy and access to medicines in developing countries. She is the author of the book "The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil," whose foreword was written by Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, and which was published in 2009 by Springer. She has also written numerous peer-reviewed articles about Brazil's AIDS treatment program.

She has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, the Rhode Island Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. She received the "Outstanding New Researcher Award" at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) and Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences (Research)
Medicine and Behavioral & Social Sciences
Phone: 401-793-2570

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On The Web:
Link to Dr. Nunn's book "The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil"
Link to Lancet Review of "The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil"
Link to CNN article and TV news show about Dr. Nunn's Brazil AIDS treatment study
Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed on HIV Testing by Dr. Nunn and colleagues
Dr. Nunn's NPR Interview about Philadelphia's HIV/AIDS epidemic
Philadelphia Inquirer article highlighting Dr. Nunn's City Council testimony on HIV/AIDS
Philadelphia Tribune article highlighting Dr. Nunn's Philadelphia City Council testimony on HIV/AIDS
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Black church finally addressing HIV/AIDS
Front page Philadelphia Inquirer article: Philadelphia Clergy Increase AIDS awareness
NPR Interview on Philadelphia's Clergy HIV Prevention Campaign
Front Page Philadelphia Inquirer article on Dr. Nunn's Faith-Based HIV Prevention Partnership
Nunn, Waller, Messac Op-Ed on Revising HIV testing Laws in Pennsylvania 5-2-11
Black AIDS Institute article "Philadelphia Clergy Preach, Teach and Test to End AIDS"
New York Times Letter to the Editor, in response to "A Supreme Court Ruling on Prison Overcrowding" 5/30/2011
Philadelphia Inquirer article about links between poverty and HIV/AIDS
Interview with Christian Science Monitor about "The Announcement" --a documentary about Magic Johnson and HIV AIDS
BET article "How Black Churches Can Fight HIV/AIDS"
Brown University and Dr. Nunn announce major HIV testing and care commitment at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative
AP story "New Optimism about Stemming Spread of AIDS Virus"
Philadelphia Tribune article "Mobile Unit Brings HIV, 'Hep C' Testing to SW"
Philadelphia Inquirer front page: Going door-to-door to test for HIV in Philadelphia
Dr. Amy Nunn's Huffington Post Blog
CNN story: "Knocking on Doors to End HIV in Philadelphia"
Greater than AIDS HIV Testing Campaign with Philly Faith in Action
Do One Thing Website
Do One Thing Facebook
Do One Thing Twitter
Do One Thing Facebook
Philly Faith in Action Website
Philly Faith in Action Facebook
Keli Goff article on Philly Faith in Action testing models at The Root
NPR Interview on Late-Stage AIDS Diagnosis in Philadelphia
Brown Medicine Magazine feature article "Testing 19143"
Kaiser Family Foundation, Greater than AIDS Campaign
Newsweek article featuring Dr. Nunn's research on addiction treatment in prisons
"The end of cheap medicine" --The Financial Times 11/15/2011
Philadelphia News: Preaching Out
The Mississippi Link: Mississippi Faith in Action Extends Its Reach
The Mississippi Link: On National HIV Testing Day, Do You Know Where You Stand?
CityPaper article "Help on Wheels for Philly's Public Health 'Time Bomb,' Hepatitis C"
Mississippi Faith in Action Facebook
Mississippi Faith in Action Website
Mississippi Link: Mississippi Faith in Action Extends its Reach
Clarion Ledger: Pastors to shine spotlight on AIDS
FOX: Religious leaders promote national AIDS day
NBC: Free HIV/AIDS testing this Sunday in Jackson
CBS: World AIDS Day Connects Clergy with Prevention Experts
NPR: Miss Church Leaders Band Together to Fight HIV/AIDS
NBC: Fight Against AIDS
Brown professor set for 'public health gospel'
CBS Mississippi: WJTV Faith in Focus on MFIA
News clip featuring MFiA
Clarion Ledger: Sharpton attends AIDS town hall in Jackson
FOX: Sharpton visits Jackson to discuss AIDS awareness
NBC: Nationwide AIDS campaign launched
CBS: Rev. Al Sharpton: AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

Brown collaborators:

Collaborators at other institutions:
Leandro Mena (University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS)
Stacey Trooskin (Drexel University, Philadelphia PA)

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