KARTERRIA FINKLEY has more than 10 years of public health and health promotion service. She has previously worked as a linkage to care navigator and HIV clinical quality improvement assistant in Atlanta, and as a health educator for the DeKalb County board of health, and she completed a health information technology practicum with the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her areas of research include health information exchange, health informatics, health promotion, HIV and sexually transmitted infections risk reduction and prevention, adolescent health, and wellness and occupational health and wellness. She received a B.S. from Kennesaw State University, an MPH and MBA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is working to complete a Ph.D. in public health from Georgia Southern University.
Communities of color in Atlanta are experiencing a dual health pandemic, including both Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS. In Atlanta, 1 in 50 residents is HIV positive, and 65% of whom are Black. FUSE will develop, implement, and expand partnerships with public health stakeholders to prevent these two viruses from spreading further and to support the healthcare needs of those who have been infected. FUSE will work with the Dekalb and Fulton County Boards of Health, and the public hospital systems across metro-Atlanta to examine systemic inequities and expand access to PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a highly effective, preventative treatment for non-infected, high-risk populations to halt the further spread of HIV.