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SUBR nursing professor appointed to HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C Commission. - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Leah Cullins, SU Baton Rouge School of Nursing, has been appointed to serve as a nurse representative from the Louisiana Nursing Association on the governor’s HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C Commission.

The commission is responsible for coordinating forums on AIDS, HIV, and Hepatitis C related matters among state agencies, local government, and other nongovernmental groups.

The commission researches and reviews all state regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures relative to the prevention, treatment and care of HIV infection, AIDS, and Hepatitis C and, when appropriate, makes recommendations to the governor, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, and the legislature.

Cullins, an assistant professor/family nurse practitioner in the School of Nursing, has studied at the Summer Genetics Institute through Georgetown University for training in molecular human genetics.

She has published her research on cancer fatalism and breast-screening in African- American women, presented her findings at symposiums, and is currently building a program of research on breast cancer.

Cullins received her B.S. in nursing in 2001, and her M.S. in nursing in 2005 from Southern. Also, she received her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2006 from Southern. She earned a Ph.D in nursing science from Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center in New Orleans.