Dr. Ann Kurth is a Professor at NYU College of Nursing and founder/Executive Director of NYUCN Global. She holds the Paulette Goddard Chair in Global Health Nursing. She is Associate Dean for Research at NYU Global Institute of Public Health (GIPH), and Professor of Medicine in NYU Department of Population Health. As an epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife Dr. Kurth focuses on HIV/sexual and reproductive health prevention, screening and care, as well as on global health system strengthening, using information and communication technologies among other approaches for health intervention implementation and workforce training. Her work has been funded by the NIH (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the US and internationally. Dr. Kurth has consulted for NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, and CDC, among others; and has reviewed for the NIH as a standing study section member. Dr. Kurth has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs. She has received awards for her science and leadership including the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award from Sigma Theta Tau International.
Currently I am teaching undergraduate Global Epidemiology at NYU, and guest lecture for nursing and public health courses.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
Dr. Kurth is a board member and Treasurer of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Kurth was elected as a Fellow to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2013. She is a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force.
- Pfeffermann G and Kurth A. Value of management education to enhance health systems. The Lancet (Global Health), 2014;2(9):e504.
- Sivipalisingham S, McClelland RS, Ravel J, Ahmed A, Cleland CM, Gajer P, Mwamzaka M, Marshed F, Shafi J, Masese L, Fajans M, Anderson ME, Jaoko W, Kurth A. An effective intervention to reduce intravaginal practices among HIV-1 uninfected Kenyan women. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 2014;30(11):1046-57.
- LeFevre ML; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (including Kurth A). Screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2014,161(1):58-66.
- Solomon L, Montague B, Beckwith C, Baillargeon J, Costa M, Dumont D, Kuo I, Kurth A, Rich J. Survey finds many prisons and jails have room to improve HIV testing and coordinating post-release treatment. Health Affairs, 2014, 33(3):434-442.
- Kurth A, Spielberg F, Cleland C, Lambdin B, Bangsberg D, Frick P, Severynen A, Clausen M, Norman R, Lockhart D, Simoni J, Holmes K. Computer counseling reduces HIV-1 viral load and secondary transmission of HIV risk: Findings from a randomized controlled trial. E-pub December 2013, JAIDS 2014;65:611–620.
Current Research Projects
1. “Testing and Linkage to Care for Injecting Drug Users, Kenya”
Principal Investigators: A Kurth, RN, PhD and P. Cherutich, MBChB, MPH
Agency: NIH/NIDA Type: R01 Period: 07/2011-4/2016
Conduct a cluster-randomized stepped wedge trial of Kenya’s planned needle exchange program, with HIV and rapid CD4 testing and peer case managers. Estimate community viral load impact and cost-effectiveness using mathematical modeling.
2. “Peer-driven Intervention to Seek, Test & Treat Heterosexuals at High Risk for HIV”
Principal Investigator: M. Gwadz, PhD; A Kurth, RN, PhD co-I
Agency: NIH/NIDA Type: R01 Period: 07/2011 – 06/2016
Use NHBS methodology to target HHR. Evaluate the efficacy of a multi-level enhanced peer-driven intervention (PDI) to seek, test, treat and retain HHR.
3. “Gender-specific Combination HIV Prevention for Youth in High-Burden Settings”
Principal Investigators: A Kurth, RN, PhD and I. Inwani, MD, MPH
Agency: NIH/NIAID Type: R01 Period: 4/2011-3/2015
Conduct meta-analysis to identify HIV epidemic drivers, build a mathematical modeling toolkit, and pilot a gender-specific youth combination HIV prevention package in Kenya.
4. “CARE Corrections”
Principal Investigators: A Kurth, RN, PhD; C. Beckwith, MD; I. Kuo, PhD
Agency: NIH/NIDA Type: R01 Period: 9/2010-8/2015
Adapt computer tool to facilitate HIV and HCV testing and prevention in jails, and linkage to HIV care using text-messaging, to be piloted in Providence and Washington DC.
5. “Reproductive Health Decisions and HIV Infection Risk”
Principal Investigators: A Kurth, RN, PhD and J Kiarie, MD, MPH
Agency: NIH/NICHD Type: R01 Period: 9/08-6/2015 (NCE pending)