Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy
10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016
Dr. Faith E. Fletcher, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining the UIC BIRCWH, Dr. Fletcher completed a National Cancer Institute R25T-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The overall goal of Dr. Fletcher’s research program was to develop and implement community- and clinic-based social and behavioral research to reduce disparities across the HIV continuum among African American women, a population disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr. Fletcher’s work is grounded in methodological and theoretical approaches from bioethics, public health, and behavioral science disciplines. Her primary areas of research focus on disparities in cervical cancer screening, smoking cessation, and reproductive health among HIV-positive women with attention to the ethics of research on stigmatized populations.
Dr. Fletcher was currently part of a Society of Family Planning-funded collaborative effort with AIDS Foundation of Chicago to ultimately increase the integration of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) education and service delivery into existing health service systems for HIV-vulnerable women of reproductive age. This collaborative effort aligns with her ultimate goal to translate HIV-focused women’s health research into clinical practice and policies.
Dr. Fletcher’s research has been funded through the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Program, UIC’S Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Fordham University’s HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, and jointly through Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research and Center for Clinical and Translational Science.