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Liza Solomon, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, U.S. Health Division

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Liza Solomon, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned HIV and AIDS policy and research expert with more than 25 years of experience. As principal associate in the Population Health Practice for U.S. Health, Solomon directs the company’s HIV and AIDS business portfolio and leads high-profile projects for many federal government clients.
 
Solomon is the senior advisor on several HIV projects, including a study funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to evaluate integrated behavioral health and HIV service programs and a study funded by the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) to examine the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Ryan White HIV and AIDS programs. Solomon also serves as the Principal Investigator of a study for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), assessing linkage to care for HIV-positive individuals released from prison.
 
Solomon’s previous projects include: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to identify undiagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men and link them to care; The Special Project of National Significance for the Health Resources and Services Administration evaluating testing and linkage to care for HIV-positive individuals leaving jail; And an earlier study for SAMHSA designed to evaluate integrated systems of care for behavioral health, substance abuse, and HIV care in the 11 cities most heavily impacted by HIV.
                 
Prior to joining Abt, Solomon was director of the AIDS Administration for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she had oversight of the $72 million budget and responsibility for all publically funded HIV prevention and care programs throughout the state. Solomon also served as deputy director of the Alliance for Microbicide Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of female-controlled HIV preventive methods. Earlier in her career, she conducted epidemiological studies as a member of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Solomon has contributed to more than sixty peer reviewed publications and participated as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on HIV Screening and Access to Care.
 
Solomon holds a Doctor of Public Health and a Master’s in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a certification as a Physician Assistant from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Expertise

  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Programs
  • HIV/AIDS Research & Surveillance 




Key Projects

  • Scaling-up HIV Testing among African American & Hispanic Men who have Sex with other Men: The MSM Testing Initiative, CDC). This project is designed to
  • The Minority AIDS Initiative Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Network Cooperative Agreements Program,  SAMHSA
  • Link into Care Study (LINCS),  Miriam Hospital and NIDA/NIH
  • The Minority Serving Institutions HIV/AIDS Demonstration Initiative and Capacity Building Projects, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy




Chapters/Monographs/Reviews

  • Solomon L, Cohn S.  Women:  Access to Medical Care and HIV in Faden R, Kass N. (ed) HIV AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives.  Oxford University Press, 1995.




Selected Journal Articles

  • Solomon L, Montague BT, Beckwith CG, Baillargeon J, Costa M, Dumont D, Kuo I, Kurth AK, Rich JD. Survey Finds that Many Prisons and Jails have Room to Improve HIV Testing and Coordination of Postrelease Treatment. Health Affairs (2014)33 ( 3):434-442.
  • Montague, B.T., Rosen D., Solomon, L.; Nunn A.,Green, T.,Costa, M., Baillargeon J., Wohl, D., Parr, D., Rich, J.D., on Behalf of the LINCS Study Group.  Tracking Linkage to HIV Care for Former Prisoners: A Public Health Priority. Virulence. 2012 May 1; 3(3): 319–324. doi: 10.4161/viru.20432                                                                                                          
  • Booker, C.A., Flygare, C.T., Solomon, L., Ball, S.W., Pustell, M.R., Bazerman, L.B., Simon-Levine, D., Teixeira, P.A., Cruzado-Quinones, J., Kling, R.N., Spaulding, A.C., the EnhanceLink Study Group. Linkage to HIV care for jail detainees: findings from the first 30 days after release. AIDS and Behavior special supplement.  AIDS and Behavior (2013):17:S 128-136
  • Nunn A, Montague BT, Green T, Solomon L, Alexander N, Costa M, Rich J.,Expanding Test and Treat in Correctional Populations: A Key Opportunity to Reduce Racial Disparities in HIV Infection. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Letter to the Editor, August 2, 2011
  • Sifakis F, Hylton J, Flynn C, Solomon L, Mackellar D, Valleroy L, Celantano D. Racial  Disparities in HIV Incidence Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: The Baltimore Young Men’s Survey. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes Sept 2007 Vol 46, no. 3:343-348.
  • Sifakis F, Hylton J, Flynn C, Solomon L, Mackellar D, Valleroy L, Celantano D, Prevalence of HIV Infection and Prior HIV Testing among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men. The Baltimore Young Men’s Survey. AIDS Behavior, Oct. 2007.
  • Solomon L, Flynn C, Lavetsky G.  Managed Care for AIDS Patients: Is Bigger Better?  Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes March 2005 Volume 38. no 3:342-347.
  • Solomon L, Flynn C, Muck K, Vertefeuille J.  Prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Among Entrants to Maryland Correctional Facilities. Journal of Urban Health, March 2004.  Volume 81, no 1: 25-37.
  • Kassira E, Bauserman R, Tomoyasu N, Caldeira E, Swetz A, Solomon L. HIV and AIDS. Surveillance Among Inmates in Maryland Prisons. Journal of Urban Health. 78:June 2001,256-263.
  • Solomon L, Landrigan J, Flynn C, Benjamin G.  Barriers to HIV Testing and Confidentiality: The Concerns of HIV-Positive and High-Risk Individuals. AIDS & Public Policy Journal 14, no. 4; Winter 1999; 147-156
  • Solomon L, Flynn C, Eldred L, Caldeira E, Wasserman M, Benjamin G.  Evaluation of a State-wide Non-Name Based HIV Surveillance System .Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 1999;22:272-279
  • Solomon L, Thompson C, Squiers L, Wulff K, Benjamin G.  Occupational Exposure and Voluntary HIV Testing: A Survey of Maryland Hospitals. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 1999; 20:430-432
  • Solomon L, Stein M, Flynn C, Schuman P, Schoenbaum E, Moore J, Holmberg S, Graham N.  Health Services Utilization by Urban Women with or at Risk for HIV-1 Infection:  The HIV Epidemiologic Research Study (HERS).  Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes  1998; 17:253-261
  • Solomon L, Benjamin G.  National HIV Case Reporting.  (letter to editor)  The New England Journal of Medicine 1998; 626
  • Solomon L, Moore J, Vlahov D, Gleghorn A, Astemborski J.  HIV Testing Behaviors in a Population of Inner City Women at High Risk for HIV Infection.  JAIDS 1996; 13:267-272
  • Thomas DL, Vlahov D, Solomon L, Cohn S, Taylor E, Gargein R, Nelson KE. Correlates of  Hepatitis C virus infections among injection drug users in Baltimore, Maryland. Medicine 1995;74:212-220.
  • Solomon L, Vlahov D, Astemborski J, Galai N, Graham NMH, Nelson KE. Factors associated with access to zidovudine in a cohort of Intravenous Drug Users; J Drug Issues 1995; 25:225-233.
  • Solomon L, Astemborski J, Cohn S, Vlahov D, Nelson KE.  Differences in risk factors for HIV seroconversion.  (letter) Am J Epi 1994.
  • Vlahov D, Ryan C, Solomon L, Cohn S, Holt MR, Akhter.  The pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, D.C. Am J Public Hlth 1994; 84:303-304.
  • Astemborski J, Vlahov D, Warren D, Solomon L, Nelson KE.  Trading sex for drugs or money as a risk factor for HIV seropositivity among female intravenous drug users.  Am J Public Health 1994;84:382-387.
  • Solomon L, Astemborski J, Warren D, Muñoz A, Cohn S, Vlahov D, Nelson KE.  Differences in risk factors for HIV-1 seroconversion among male and female intravenous drug users.  Am J Epidemiol 1993; 137:892-898.
  • Solomon L, Frank R, Vlahov D, Astemborski J, Utilization of Health Services Among a Cohort of Intravenous Drug Users with Known HIV-1 Serostatus Am. J. Public Health 1991;81(10):1285-1290.
  • Solomon L, Vlahov D, Celantano D, HIV Infection Prevention Message for Injecting Drug Users: Sources of  Information and Use of Mass Media-Baltimore, 1989, 1991; MMWR 40(28):465-469.
  • Vlahov D, Anthony JC, Munoz A, Margolick J, Nelson KE, Celentano DD, Solomon L, Polk BF. The ALIVE study, a longitudinal study of HIV-1 infection in intravenous drug users: description of methods and characteristics of participants. NIDA Res Monogr 1991;109:75-100