Orlando Harris, PhD, FNP, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

I am an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, at the University of California, San Francisco. I am a researcher that uses community-based participatory research methods both in the United States and the Caribbean where I leverage multi-methods data to inform culturally relevant interventions that improves the lives of vulnerable sexual and gender minorities. I have also spent the past several years researching factors that contribute to poor health among Caribbean sexual and gender minorities. Through my research, I have provided a qualitative understanding of the complexities that have shaped Jamaican men and transgender women's sexual decision making as well as other factors that may place them at risk for acquiring HIV. Additionally, I have a unique focus on researching the context of violence that has shaped the lives of marginalized people in the United States and the Caribbean. I have published one of the first papers in the Caribbean that addressed the issue of sexual violence (childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence) among Jamaican men and transgender women. This paper was also the first to address this issue among marginalized sexual minority groups in the Caribbean. My research aims to give voice to sexual and gender minorities in Jamaica and the wider Anglophone Caribbean in order to reduce disparities in health among a community that is marginalized.
Education
Postdoctoral Studies, 06/2018 - AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, 05/2016 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, 05/2014 - Health Practice Research, University of Rochester
MS, 05/2010 - Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Rochester
BA, 05/2007 - Africana Studies, Binghamton University
BS, 05/2007 - Human Development, Binghamton University
BS, 05/2007 - Nursing, Binghamton University
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurisng, American Academy of Nursing, District of Colombia, 2022
  • Award For Outstanding Contributions in Research and Social Justice In Black Gay Men’s Communities, National AIDS Education Services for Minorities, Atlanta, GA, 2017
  • 2012 HIV/AIDS Champion of Change, IMPACT DC Washington, District of Colombia, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rochester, New York, 2012
  • Recognition of your Outstanding Contribution and Dedication to the African American MSM Community, National AIDS Education Services for Minorities, 2009
  • Community Service Award, Michael V. Boyd Binghamton University, 2007
Publications
  1. Hunter LA, Packel LJ, Chitle P, Beltran RM, Rafie S, De Martini L, Dong B, Harris O, Holloway IW, Miyashita Ochoa A, McCoy SI. Opportunities to Increase Access to HIV Prevention: Evaluating the Implementation of Pharmacist-Initiated Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in California. Open forum infectious diseases 2023. PMID: 38023549


  2. Sauceda JA, Dubé K, Harris O, Campbell CK, Ndukwe S, Saberi P. The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical, social, and mental health of Black and Latinx young people with HIV in the United States. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2023. PMID: 36913727


  3. Nutor JJ, Gyamerah AO, Alhassan RK, Duah HO, Thompson RGA, Wilson N, Harris O, Gutierrez J, Hoffmann TJ, Getahun M, Santos GM. Influence of depression and interpersonal support on adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV. AIDS research and therapy 2023. PMID: 37386514


  4. Epstein A, Harris OO, Benmarhnia T, Camlin CS, Weiser SD. Do precipitation anomalies influence short-term mobility in sub-saharan Africa? An observational study from 23 countries. BMC public health 2023. PMID: 36814247


  5. Harris OO, Perry TE, Johnson JK, Lichtenberg P, Washington T, Kitt B, Shaw M, Keiser S, Tran T, Vest L, Maloof M, Portacolone E. Understanding the concept of trust and other factors related to COVID-19 vaccine intentions among Black/African American older adults prior to vaccine development. SSM. Qualitative research in health 2023. PMID: 36785539


  6. Mchunu GG, Harris O, Nxumalo CT. Exploring primary healthcare practitioners' experiences regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Primary health care research & development 2022. PMID: 36330843


  7. Harrison SE, Muessig K, Poteat T, Koester K, Vecchio A, Paton M, Miller SJ, Pereira N, Harris O, Myers J, Campbell C, Hightow-Weidman L. Addressing Racism's Role in the US HIV Epidemic: Qualitative Findings From Three Ending the HIV Epidemic Prevention Projects. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2022. PMID: 35703755


  8. Harris OO, Bialous SA, Muench U, Chapman S, Dawson-Rose C. Climate Change, Public Health, Health Policy, and Nurses Training. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2022. PMID: 35679559


  9. Harris OO, Taylor KD, Maher A, Willard-Grace R. Health Coaching Across the Stages of Vaccine Readiness and Action: A Practical Guide for Public Health Nurses. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2022. PMID: 35679570


  10. Santos GM, Hong C, Wilson N, Nutor JJ, Harris O, Garner A, Holloway I, Ayala G, Howell S. Persistent disparities in COVID-19-associated impacts on HIV prevention and care among a global sample of sexual and gender minority individuals. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2022. PMID: 35435149


  11. Logie CH, Toccalino D, Reed AC, Malama K, Newman PA, Weiser S, Harris O, Berry I, Adedimeji A. Exploring linkages between climate change and sexual health: a scoping review protocol. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2021. PMID: 34663670


  12. Joudeh L, Harris OO, Johnstone E, Heavner-Sullivan S, Propst SK. "Little Red Flags": Barriers to Accessing Health Care as a Sexual or Gender Minority Individual in the Rural Southern United States-A Qualitative Intersectional Approach. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2021. PMID: 33935190


  13. Wharton MJ, Harris OO, Chapman Lambert C, LeGrand S. "The More Things Change, the More Things Remain the Same": It's Time to Dismantle Structural Inequalities of Racism, Discrimination, and Health Disparities. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2021. PMID: 34115721


  14. Nagata JM, Ganson KT, Whittle HJ, Chu J, Harris OO, Tsai AC, Weiser SD. Food Insufficiency and Mental Health in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2021. PMID: 33602534


  15. Harris OO, Leblanc N, McGee K, Randolph S, Wharton MJ, Relf M. Alarm at the Gate-Health and Social Inequalities are Comorbid Conditions of HIV and COVID-19. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2020. PMID: 32568762


  16. Beckford Jarrett S, Flanagan R, Coriolan A, Harris O, Campbell A, Skyers N. Barriers and facilitators to participation of men who have sex with men and transgender women in HIV research in Jamaica. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2019. PMID: 31423952


  17. Harris OO. Survival now versus survival later: immediate and delayed HIV risk assessment among young Jamaican men who have transactional sex with men. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2018. PMID: 30444450


  18. Harris OO, Dunn LL. "I Kept It to Myself": Young Jamaican Men Who Have Sex with Men's Experiences with Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2018. PMID: 29951864


  19. Harris OO, Jarrett S. Beyond Homophobia: How Do Jamaican Men Who Have Sex with Men Build Communities, Affirm Identity, and Mitigate Homophobia? "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2018. PMID: 29631931


  20. Treston C, Farley J, Harris O, Hoyt MJ, Kwong J, Van Nuys J. PrEP works and is a valuable addition to the HIV prevention toolkit. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2015. PMID: 25869548