Bradley-Springer is an associate professor emerita at the University of Colorado Denver and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
That's difficult, because a lot of those staff people have to have advanced degrees, and we're not very good at recruiting people into nursing and medicine and [laboratory science] who come from diverse backgrounds, but we're working hard on it.
The best way to make sure that the diversity is there is to have peer leaders and peer counselors, people who have personal experience and know what it's really like. And we have a better chance of getting diverse workers in that process. As that works better and better, we can do a better job of recruiting people into nursing school and medical school.
The other thing is getting people interested in HIV. We may have African-American, Latino and Muslim doctors and nurses out there, but they may be interested in cardiology [for example]. So there's two things that we have to worry about.
Once you find them, as the employer, you need to provide opportunities for them to go to school so that they do have some of those degrees that allow them to earn more money and reach more people that look like them.