IUP Alumna Heckert Presents on AIDS Funding Crisis in Bolivia

Posted on 3/1/2016 1:58:43 PM

MARTI recently featured “Applying Anthropology to Global Health: An Ethnography of Bolivia's AIDS Funding Crisis,” a lecture by Carina Heckert (IUP Class of ’06) on February 29, 2016.

Heckert, a tenure-track assistant professor in the Sociology and Anthropology joint program at the University of Texas at El Paso, spoke on her dissertation research and the role of anthropology in global health. Her research on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia looked at the AIDS funding crisis and how broader discourses on gender equality are shaping the everyday lives of PLWHA.

Heckert’s research focused on three central questions:

  1. Why are people still dying from AIDS?;
  2. How do global health policies play a role in who lives and who dies?; and
  3. How does gender play a role in the implementation of global health programs, and subsequently, who lives and who dies?

She used ethnographic evidence from her interviews with PLWHA as well as family members and doctors to address these questions.

Heckert will return to Bolivia in the summer to present her findings and conduct workshops with doctors/clinicians, donors, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Santa Cruz.

This lecture was the first in the MARTI Spring 2016 Speaker Series on Health and Disadvantaged Communities. The lecture drew approximately 90 students and faculty members from a number of academic departments.

Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health