Sarahmona Przybyla, PhD, MPH, an HIV and AIDS researcher in SPHHP’s Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, was honored by New York State Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker as part of a virtual summit marking 2020 World AIDS Day.
She received one of the commissioner’s Special Recognition Awards during the Ending the Epidemic Summit. Zucker lauded Przybyla as “an innovator in the field of HIV prevention research. Her contributions to scientific literature have led to advancements in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake and dissemination.”
Przybyla also was honored for the strong partnerships she’s developed over the past decade with local nonprofit organizations, health departments and county court systems to understand barriers to, and enhance engagement in, HIV care. Przybyla’s research focuses on primary and secondary prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and the impact of substance use on sexual risk behavior and medication adherence. She is also an expert on nonmedical prescription drug use, patient-provider communication, and community-based participatory research.