Dr. Patricia Gonzalez-Zuniga
Gonzalez Moreno- Zuniga MD, AAHIVS, is a postdoctoral fellow enrolled in the
Master of Public Health at UABC’s School of Medicine and Psychology. She is
also the research coordinator for EL CUETE Phase I (#R01; PI: SA Strathdee).
Drs. Jamila Stockman and Steffanie
Strathdee are her advisors. Dr.
Gonzalez’s research interests are in HIV prevention, specifically, in the
context of linking, engagement and retention in care for vulnerable populations
(e.g., injection drug users, female sex workers) in the US-Mexico border
region. She also has a strong interest in the mentoring of future generation of
health professionals in new approaches to reduce barriers by striving to
develop a Patient Centered Care Network. Her project will explore injection drug
users’ (IDUs) barriers to linkage to and engagement and retention in
HIV-related medical care at health institutions, housing and drug
rehabilitation centers in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Similarly, Dr.
Gonzalez will explore the factors associated with recent HIV seroconversion
among IDUs in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.