Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United States.
Harris also brings another unique perspective to the task as someone who grew up in rural Appalachia.
"I was born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia, in the heart of coal country," Harris said. "My father worked on the railroad. My mother taught school. So I have a unique and personal connection and understanding of the region."
While there are still about a million people living with H.I.V. in the United States, in some of America’s largest cities, the news about H.I.V. and AIDS is surprisingly positive.
End the AIDS epidemic” seems to be the battle cry of the day. It’s a lofty goal that we all hope is attainable. But if West Virginia, where I live and work, is any indication, we have far to go.
WVU recently expanded its unique Music Therapy Program and is growing it throughout Ruby Memorial Hospital. The program will bring music therapy to all patients and will collaborate with physicians, nurses and other members of patient treatment teams.