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Kinesiology Department

Mia Zheng ‘13, 2013 Kaiser Permanente Public Health Scholar

Health Sciences alumna and 2013 Hermance award winner, Mia Zheng ’13, recently had her first manuscript published in the Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC).  The manuscript, titled “Physician Barriers to Successful Implementation of US Preventive Services Task Force Routine HIV Testing Recommendations” (Zheng, Suneja, Chou, Arya), is the product of an extensive literature review which Mia conducted with fellow students and Baylor College of Medicine advisor Dr. Monisha Arya during Mia’s junior and senior years at Rice.  This collaboration was part of the Health, Humanism, and Society Scholars Program, which Mia was a part of.

MiaAwardHer team read and summarized dozens of studies researching the physician barriers behind the comprehensive implementation of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to routinely test adults for HIV. The results of her team’s research warn that even though a recommendation is put in place, there are still many barriers that need to be publicized and targeted in order to really affect the HIV epidemic.

Currently, Mia is a graduate student in UC Berkeley's School of Public Health in their Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology program.  She is studying to receive her Masters in Public Health (MPH). Last semester, she received the Kaiser Permanente Public Health Scholar Award for her work with underserved communities in health, and work as a graduate student instructor for an undergraduate Berkeley course called "Hormones and Behavior." 

On the weekends, Mia also finds time to volunteer as a STI (sexually transmitted infections) counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic, which provides free STI screening, treatment, and risk reduction counseling to low-income and uninsured individuals. 

Congrats to Mia on her first publication and all of her accomplishments!  We are so proud!