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When CFAR Scholar Dr. Kathleen Page began working at the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) STD/HIV clinic in 2006, she noticed a growing number of Spanish-speaking patients. Here at Hopkins, she also began receiving requests to see Latino patients who had been newly diagnosed with HIV, many of whom had already been infected for long periods of time. Dr. Page quickly realized we weren’t doing enough to bring prevention and testing programs to the Spanish-speaking population of Baltimore.
At both the BCHD and at the Moore Clinic, Dr. Page led a push to hire more bilingual outreach workers, health care providers and social workers. Although rates of HIV infection remain relatively low among the Latino population of Baltimore, those who are diagnosed are usually diagnosed very late. Realizing this problem, Dr. Page teamed up with medical anthropologist and qualitative researcher Dr. Suzanne Grieb, bilingual outreach worker Alejandra Flores Miller, and resident physician Dr. Harita Shah to study the challenges and barriers to access faced by recent Latino immigrants in Baltimore.