|David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of General Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and internist at Grady Memorial Hospital, has been named to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The council provides recommendations to the President and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary regarding programs and policies intended to anticipate and respond to the world's HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr. Malebranche is one of seven new PACHA members. He joins 14 members currently on the council.
Dr. Malebranche conducts research exploring the social, structural and cultural factors influencing sexual risk and HIV testing practices among black men. He was a visiting professor with the HIV Prevention Research in Minority Communities Program at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in San Francisco and currently is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a study exploring the influence of racial, sexual and masculine identities on the HIV testing practices and sexual behaviors of black men who have sex with men. In addition to his research work, Dr. Malebranche also supervises medical providers-in-training at the Urgent Care Center at Grady Hospital in downtown Atlanta and sees HIV patients at the outpatient Ponce Infectious Disease Clinic. His work has been featured in health journals, such as The Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs and the Journal of the National Medical Association. He has been featured in documentaries on CNN, ABC News, and Black Entertainment Television (BET) for his expertise on HIV in the African-American community.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated as a member of PACHA and have the opportunity to make the voices of my patients and research participants heard on a national level that can impact policy," Dr. Malebranche says.
The PACHA was established in 1995, and in 2001 had its charter renewed by President George W. Bush. Council members serve terms of up to four years and are selected for their expertise in HIV/AIDS and their diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
More information about the Presidential Advisory Council is available at http://www.pacha.gov.