|Janice R. Hand, MBA|
|Program Director, Wisconsin HIV Primary Care Support Network|
According to a July 2010 estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, “more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and one in five (21 percent) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.” Janice R. Hand has chosen a career in health care that not many physicians may be willing to pursue, but it is one that she believes addresses one of the most crucial issues in her industry.
Ms. Hand is the program director of the Wisconsin HIV Primary Care Support Network of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the mission of which is to improve the quality and accessibility of care to people living with the disease. For the past 15 years, her main responsibility has been grant writing, and her role has played off of her ability to make complex terms interesting and comprehensible to the common reader. With her expertise in program development, grants management and government advocacy, she is able to effectively enact services that prevent babies from being born with HIV. “These children will never know anything about me,” she says, “but I will know this one thing about them.”