Comms pro Annika Billberg joins RakeTech corporate advisory

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry affiliate marketing network RakeTech has confirmed the appointment of Annika Billberg as a new member of its Board of Directors.Advising RakeTech’s corporate strategy, Billberg is a seasoned leadership executive in media, communications and commercial development.Billberg currently serves as Chief Brand & Communications Officer for Stockholm-listed financial services and credit management firm Intrum SA.Christian Lundberg, Raketech Chairman, commented on the appointment of Billberg as a corporate advisor: “Over the last year, Raketech has undergone a substantial transformation journey, both in terms of staff and its way of working. We have doubled the number of employees to more than 100 people, acquired several leading assets, and rolled out a new operational model based on three clear growth pillars. To have the right expertise on the board is vital for our continued development, and both the board and management team welcome Annika to the company.”RakeTech moves to strengthen its corporate advisory, has undertaken a series of acquisitions in 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the company details that corporate guidance is further needed as the betting industry’s places a higher emphasis on responsibility for all stakeholders.Annika Billberg commented on joining RakeTech governance: “Raketech is an exciting company with lots of opportunities ahead. I look forward to supporting the management team in the continued journey, with more acquisitions as well as new products and markets on the agenda. The company has also made solid progress in looking over its activities within sustainability and responsibility, where there is good potential to take the lead and push the entire industry in the right direction.” Submitlast_img read more

Multiple barriers may stop highrisk individuals from accessing HIV drug

first_img Source:https://news.umich.edu/many-at-risk-for-hiv-despite-lifesaving-pill/ Jun 12 2018Multiple barriers may stop high-risk individuals from accessing an HIV drug that can reduce the subsequent risk of infection, according to a new University of Michigan study.Researchers outlined solutions that would help overcome barriers that make it harder for underserved populations to access pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly 40,000 people–about 43 percent of whom were black or Latino gay and bisexual men–received an HIV diagnosis in 2016.The U-M study, published in the journal AIDS and Behavior, includes 47 peer-reviewed scholarly articles reporting data from HIV prevention and care providers, and from individuals at risk for infection. The researchers listed 31 potential solutions to 30 barriers to accessing PrEP at the patient, provider and health-system levels.One striking barrier to accessing PrEP is created by providers’ biases toward those who most need the drug, says lead author Rogério Pinto, associate professor and associate dean for research at the U-M School of Social Work. For example, providers appear to believe that certain patients, such as transgender women and people of color, when given PrEP may be unable to consistently adhere to prescribed regimens or will stop using condoms to prevent HIV transmission.Pinto and colleagues say that perhaps even more concerning than provider-level biased attitudes is a structural barrier referred to as the “purview paradox.” On the one hand, infectious disease specialists are often trained to provide PrEP, but that they seldom actually see HIV-negative patients. On the other hand, primary care physicians, who care for mostly uninfected but sometimes at-risk patients, are seldom trained to provide PrEP.Other pervasive structural obstacles–such as homophobia, transphobia and racism across systems of care–may be helped by interventions to disrupt stereotypes about potential PrEP users.Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defense”However, patient assistance in navigating the health care system–including accessing health insurance and co-pay assistance–is a sorely needed intervention,” Pinto said.Some of the barriers and recommended interventions include:To combat bias against a patient’s race or sexual behaviors: Develop and deliver training to increase the provider’s “cultural competency,” including trans- and gender-affirming care.In response to limited health budgets to sustain PrEP programs: Advocate among those in the medical field for expanded health insurance.In response to legal constraints to providing PrEP for youth: Expand education, screening and referrals to PrEP services, and find improved methods to identify appropriate PrEP candidates.The researchers note, however, that some interventions have had mixed results, in part due to not being aligned to specific barriers. Many barriers, such as interventions to lessen providers’ biases and breakdowns in the health system, often target the behavior of individual patients instead of targeting providers and health systems, they say.”The key message from this review is that barriers to PrEP implementation cut across patient, provider and health-system levels, and that multiple interventions, mapped onto specific barriers, ought to be used,” Pinto said.In addition, he says that without attention to the ways structural factors affect individuals within health care systems, PrEP implementation “may actually reinforce existing inequities that place the overwhelming burden of the HIV epidemic on more vulnerable groups.”last_img read more