Dr. Linda Rose Frank, PhD, MSN, CS, ACRN, FAAN

Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh,

Professor, School of Medicine, Center For Translational Science Institute,

Professor, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies,

Contact

2120 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: senaxvr@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-4663
Secondary Phone: 967-168-5262
Fax: 967-193-4406
Web site:

Assistant(s): 
Shirley Murphy, fzhecul@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-5974

Personal Statement

Dr. Frank has been in the forefront of the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1988. She has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS education of health care professionals with specific expertise in HIV early intervention, mental health, substance use, prisons, treatment adherence, and quality management.
 

A major focus of Dr. Frank’s research relates to her leadership as the principal investigator and executive director of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC), the Telehealth AETC Access Project (TAAP) aimed at reaching rural community health centers and underserved areas. The program provides HIV/AIDS-related training and technical assistance to healthcare providers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The project aims to improve capacity building for individual clinicians, clinics, programs, and systems throughout the region. The Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, is the central headquarters for the project and funded since 1988 by DHHS, Bureau of HIV/AIDS, and the Ryan White Care Act.
 

Dr. Frank is also the Director of the MPH-MIC program in IDM, member of the IDM admissions committee and serves on the advisory committee for the Peace Corps Master’s International MPH Program. She is currently Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Graduate School of Public Health with secondary appointments in School of Nursing, Department of Community and Health Systems, the School of Medicine, Center for Translational Science Institute & Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at UCIS.
 

From 2011-2014 she served as the Secretary of the University of Pittsburgh Senate and Senate liaison to the Board of Trustees, Health Sciences Committee. She has served as a pro-tem member of the Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee 2008-2014 and Senate faculty representative from Pitt Public Health from 2008-2011. She served as chair of the University of Pittsburgh Senate Governmental Relations Committee from 2012-2016.
 

She is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is a long time member of the AIDS United Public Policy Committee, Washington, DC and extensively involved in advocacy for funding of HIV care and treatment, substance use and mental health care and services. She has been honored as the Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing in 2004. She is also honored as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University in 2001. She received the HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau Outstanding Performance Award in 2000. In 2002 she received the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, HIV Educator Award followed by the AIDS Nursing Leadership Award in 2008. In 2010, she was honored with the University of Pittsburgh, Chancellor’s Public Service Award.
 

She is recognized by national organizations, universities, and federal agencies for her leadership, expertise, and continued commitment to serving and improving the care for persons with HIV disease and the underserved. She has served on regional and national boards, and engages legislators, government officials, and other leaders to improve access to care, reduce disparities, and improve health of individuals and communities.
 

She has serves on the steering committee of the HRSA-funded National HIV Quality Center. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Ryan White HIV Planning Council, and nationally as a Board member of AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC. This is a current member and former chair of the American Public Health Associations, Jail and Prison Health Committee, She developed and teaches a graduate course on HIV/AIDS and a course on Global Infectious Diseases.
 

She has been recognized by national organizations, universities, and federal agencies for her leadership, ability, and continued and unyielding commitment to serving and improving the care for persons with HIV disease. She is currently a member of the AIDS United Public Policy Committee, Washington, DC. She serves on advisory committees of the STD Training Center at Johns Hopkins University as well as the steering committee for the National Clinician Consultation Center at the University of California at San Francisco and the National AETC Resource Center at Rutgers University.
 

Dr. Frank has developed and intervened to increase knowledge and awareness about HIV disease and the associated stigma and discrimination in an effort to improve access to prevention and care, reduce disparities for minority and underserved persons, and build capacity to address the growing pandemic. She has contributed her own time to countless committees, organizations, and initiatives. She has served on regional and national boards, and engages legislators, government officials, and other leaders to assure that HIV prevention and care is a priority and that additional funding is secured to treat persons with HIV/AIDS. She has been involved in the development of legislative language for HIV/AIDS care. She has presented at national forums in developing new directions, policies, and initiatives in addressing this epidemic. She has provided expert testimony on the need for HIV education for prison health professionals to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS due to her extensive experience in developing HIV education programs for staff and prisoners within Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections.
 

Dr. Frank has been invited to assist nationally and internationally in the development and improvement of prevention and care services. She has assisted the HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau in assessing and providing technical assistance to HIV service systems throughout the United States. She worked in Bosnia to assist in the development of a Global Fund application to provide care and treatment. She has worked in central Russia and the Russian Far East in providing education and technical assistance to physicians and nurses at the Medical Academies to improve care for persons with HIV and tuberculosis. In 2005, she was one of the organizers and conveners of a conference entitled, "HIV/AIDS East of the Urals" in collaboration with the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where Dr. Frank serves as a faculty member. The conference included a delegation of clinicians and policy makers from the Ural Region and Siberia with the goal of research and training collaboration.
 

In addition to being the Principal Investigator of the HRSA-funded MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Centers, She is a Co-Investigator for the Fogarty International Award for training researchers in India. She has participated as Co-investigator for HRSA grants on interprofessional practice and substance use screening.
 


Education

Undergraduate
1969 - 1972 | Saint Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing | Nursing
1977 - 1982 | Pennsylvania State University College of Human Development Department of Nursing Human Development Building | BSN Nursing

Graduate
1982 - 1983 | University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing | MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical Specialist

Postgraduate
1985 - 1990 | University of Pittsburgh School of Education | PhD Higher Education Administration


Teaching

IDM 2034, Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS

IDM 2021, Special Studies in Microbiology, Thesis Essay Advisor

IDM 2038, Prevention and Control of Global Infectious Diseases

IDM 2069  Inifection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings

 

Mentor for Peace Corp International MPH Program


Awards

1972

Outstanding Student Nurse Achievement Award

Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing

1972

Miss Hope Candidate of Pennsylvania

Erie Chapter, American Cancer Society

1982

Academic Achievement Award

Pennsylvania State University

1982

Recognition Award

Penn State University

1983

Graduated with High Distinction

University of Pittsburgh

1984

Sigma Theta Tau

National Honor Society in Nursing

1996

Recognition Award

Area Health Education Center, HRSA

1996

Volunteer Recognition Award

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

1998

Recognition Award

HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board

2000

Outstanding Performance Award

HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau

2000

Award for Outstanding Service

National Minority AIDS Education and                        Training Center, Howard University

2000

Award of Appreciation

Department of the Army

2001

Distinguished Alumni Award

Penn State University, School of Nursing

2002

HIV Educator Award

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)

2003

Faculty Recognition Award

University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation

2004

Distinguished Alumni Award

University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, 65th Anniversary Celebration

2007

Delta Omega Omicron

National Honor Society for Schools of Public Health

2008

Frank Lamendola Achievement Award for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

2009

Faculty Recognition Award

University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation

2009

Academic Teaching Scholar

West Virginia University, Health Sciences Center Faculty Development Teaching Scholars

2010

Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award

University of Pittsburgh, Office of the Chancellor

 


Advocacy and Memberships

Service to Internal Organizations

Department Committees

2001

Chair, Search Committee, IDM, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2000 - Present

Member, Admissions Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2005 - Present

Member, Curriculum Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2012 – Present

Member, MPH Directors Schoolwide Committee, Graduate School of Public Health

 

 

2016

Chair, Search Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2016

Member, Search Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of infectious Diseases and Microbiology

2018

 

2019 -  Present

Member, Search Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Member, Academic Directors Committee, Department of Infectious Diseases

2019 – Present

Chair,  Search Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

School/University Committees

1993 – 1995

Member, Health Cities Steering Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

1993 – 1999

Member, Commonwealth Relations Committee, University of Pittsburgh

1995 – 2010

Member, Steering Committee, Center for Public Health Practice, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

2000 – Present

Member, Public Health Training Center, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health

2002 – 2004

Member, Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health

2002 – Present

Member, Global Health Committee, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health

2007 – 2014

Member, Academic Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee, Pro Tem, University of Pittsburgh Senate

2008 – 2011

Member, Senate Representative, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Senate (elected)

2011 – 2015

University Senate Secretary (elected)

2011 – 2014

Member, Chancellor’s Public Service Selection Committee, Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh

2011 – 2015

Senate Representative, Health Sciences Committee of the Board of Trustees, University of Pittsburgh

2014 – 2017

 

Chair, Senate Governmental Relations Committee, University of Pittsburgh Senate, University of Pittsburgh

2017

Global Health Planning Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

2017 - Present

Faculty Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

2018 – Present

Substance Use Working Group, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

2018

Promotion Workshop, presenter, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

2018

Dean’s Day, Poster Judge, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Other Committees

1986 – 1989

Member, Fairview Independent Review Committee, PA Governor’s Appointment, Office of Mental Health

1986 – 1990

Member, Mental Health Forensic Subcommittee, United Mental Health of Pittsburgh

1990 – 1995

Member, Advisory Committee, Pitt Treatment Evaluation Unit (HIV Clinical Trials), Pittsburgh, PA

1990 – 1998

Meeting Chair, HRSA Data Committee, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), AETC Program

1993 – 1994

Co-Chair, Abstract Review Committee, National AETC Workshop, New Orleans

1993 – 1998

Member, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

1994

Co-Chair; Abstract Review Committee, National AETC Workshop, San Juan, PR

1994 – 1999

Chair , HRSA Nursing Clinical Advisory Committee, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

1994 – 2000

Member, HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

1995 – 1998

Member, HIV/AIDS Steering Committee for Psychiatric Nurses, American Nurses Foundation

1995 – 2000

Chair, Jail and Prison Health Committee, Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association

1995 – 2001

Member, Board of Directors, Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

1995 – 2016

Co-Chair , Governmental Affairs Committee, National Association of AETC’s

1996 – 2000

Treasurer, HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

1996 – 2000

Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Pennsylvania Regional AHEC

1996 – 2015

Member, Public Policy Committee, AIDS Action Council, Washington, DC

1996 – present

Member, Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need Committee, PA Department of Health (current HIV Planning Group, PA DOH)

1997 – 1998

Co-Chair, Abstract Review Committee, National AETC Workshop, New Orleans

2000 – 2003

Member, Health Professions Committee, American Legacy Foundation

 

Service to External Organizations

Public Policy and Programs

1996 - 2002

Member, Board, AIDS Action Council Washington, DC

1998 - 2013

Member, Integrated HIV Planning Council, PA Department of Health

2000 - 2010

Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

2000 - 2003

Grant reviewer, American Legacy Foundation Washington, DC

2001 – 2002

Advisory Committee, Perinatal HIV Prevention Action Learning Lab, Pennsylvania Department of Health Association of Maternal & Child Health

2010 - 2015

Member, Public Policy Committee, AIDS United

2011 - Present

Member, HIV Planning Group (HPG), PA Department of Health

2014 - Present

Member, Regional HIV Strategic Collaborative, Pittsburgh, PA

2014 - Present

Member, AIDS Free Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2014 – 2018

2018 - Present

Member , City of Pittsburgh HIV Commission, Pittsburgh, PA

Chair, City of Pittsburgh HIV Commission, Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Practice

2002 - 2005

Advisory Committee, National Clinician Consultation Center, University of California at San Francisco

2005 -2010

Advisory Committee, National HIV Quality Center, HRSA

2008 - Present

Reviewer of Fellowship applicants, Association of School of Public Health (ASPH) Allen Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program

2004-2008

Site Reviewer for Part C, D Programs of Ryan White Care Act, HRSA, Office of Performance Review

2012 - Present

Advisory Committee, National Clinician Consultation Center, National Perinatal Hotline, PrEP. Hotline, Pep Hotline, University of California at San Francisco

2010 – present

Advisory Committee, Johns Hopkins STD Prevention Training Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2015 – Present

Advisory Committee, AETC National Resource Center, Rutgers University

External Committees

1991

Member, HIV Mental Health Roundtable, PA Department of Health

1992 - 1993

Member, Mental Health Subcommittee, HIV Planning Council, PA Dept. of Health

1993 - 1998

Member AETC Evaluation Committee, AETC Program, HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA

1994 - 1996

Member. Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Assoc of Nurses In AIDS Care

1997 - 2000

Member, Southwest PA AIDS Planning Coalition

1997 – 2000

Member, Managed Care Committee, Southwest PA AIDS Planning Coalition

1999 - 2003

Member, National AETC Evaluation Steering Committee, HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau

2000 - 2004

Co-Chair of Public Policy Committee, AIDS United, Washington, DC

2000 - 2003

Member, Health Professions Committee, American Legacy Foundation

2001 – 2002

Member, Perinatal HIV Prevention Action Learning Lab, Pennsylvania Department of Health Association of Maternal & Child Health

2010 - 2011

Planning Committee, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Annual Meeting

2010 - 2013

Special Committee, Practice Economics and Policy, American Nurses Association

2010 - 2016

Board member, District 6, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

2012 - Present

Expert Panel, Psychiatric Nursing, American Academy of Nursing

2013 – 2015

Global Institute for Public Health Practice Advisory Committee (invited), New York University

2013 – Present

Board Member, Shepherd Wellness, Pittsburgh

2014 – Present

Expert Panel, Environmental and Public Health, American Academy of Nursing

2015 – 2017

Vice President, National Alliance For HIV Education and Workforce Development

2018 – Present

Chair, Legislation White Paper Committee, National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development (NAHEWD)

Other Professional Activities

1995

 

2017

2018

Invited testimony, Presidential Advisory Council on AIDS, Health Care Provider Education in Correctional Settings

Presentation on the City of Pittsburgh HIV Commission to Pittsburgh City Council, March 19, 2019, City County Building, Pittsburgh, PA.

Presentation on the City of Pittsburgh HIV Commission to Pittsburgh City Council, March 19, 2019, City County Building, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

International Committees

2002

Abstract Review Committee, XIV International Conference on AIDS, Barcelona, Spain

2004

Abstract Review Committee, International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

2018

Member, Nursing Pre-conference International AIDS Conference Committee, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 22nd International AIDS Conference, 2018 July 22, Amsterdam, Netherlands

     

 

 


Selected Publications

Frank L.  (1995). Prisons and public health: emerging issues in HIV treatment adherence. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC 10 (6):24-32. PMID: 10546173.

Frank L. (1995). Living and working behind bars. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC. 10 (6):14-5. PMID: 10546172.

Frank LR. (2007). HIV case finding in settings providing care for women: a key role for nursing in the HIV epidemic. The Pennsylvania nurse. Dec; 62 (4):14-6; quiz 17. PMID: 18286840.

Frank L, Lochab A, Dada-Jones Y, Folby J, Pease J, Korman D, Gupta A.  (2011). Self-Reported
Satisfaction with HIV Services Including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services 10 (2).

Puskar K, Mitchell AM, Albrecht SA, Frank LR, Kane I, Hagle H, Lindsay D, Lee H, Firoavanti M,  Talcott KS. (2016)  Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Incorporating Training and Drug Use Screening for Health Care Providers in Rural Areas. Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 16(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v16i1.385

Puskar K, Lee H, Mitchell AM, Kane I, Albrecht SA, Frank LR, Hagle H, Lindsay D, Houze M. (2016). Interprofessional Collaborative Education for Substance Use Screening: Rural Areas and Challenges. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Healthcare 16(1). ISSN: 1356-1820 (Print) 1469-9567 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ijic20, June 13, 2016
 
Puskar K, Mitchell, A, Lee, H, Kane, I, Albrecht, S, D, Frank, L, Hagle, H, Lindsay, D, Fioravanti, M. (2016).  Simulated Case Studies Illustrate Interprofessional Education for Alcohol and Drug Use Screening forHealthcare Professionals. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare, 2:9-20 ISSN 2455-4324 http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2455-4324.0202002
    
Yassin, M, Robbins, E, Pokrywka, M, Frank, L.  Analysis of a Tuberculosis Post-Exposure Event: An Algorithm and Recommendations for TB Contact Investigations, American Journal of Infection Control, 2017 April, submitted.
   
Puskar, K, Barrett, B, Mitchell, A, Kane, I, Albrecht, S, Frank, L, Lee, H, Hagle, H, Lindsay, D, Kameg, B, Johnson, C.  Nursing Students Participate in Online Interprofessional Education on Substance Use Background.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 2017 May, (In Press).

Myers JJ, Bradley-Springer L, Kang Dufour MS, Koester KA, Beane S, Warren N, Beal J, Frank LR. Supporting the integration of HIV testing into primary care settings. American Journal of Public Health. 2012 Jun; 102 (6):e25-32. PMID: 22515867.

Walker MB, Frank L. HIV/AIDS: an imperative for a new paradigm for caring. N & HC perspectives on community : official publication of the National League for Nursing. PMID: 8705646.

Puskar K, Mitchell A, Albrecht S, Frank L, Kane I, Hagle H, Lindsay D, Lee H, Fioravanti M, Talcott K. Interprofessional collaborative practice incorporating alcohol and drug use screening training fo skilled providers in rural areas. Journal of Professional Care. 2015 June.
 

Linda  Rose Frank