Hilda Leon, B.S.M., R.N., C.
About Hilda Leon, B.S.M., R.N., C.
Hilda Leon is the Program Manager and Clinical Educator for the Perinatal HIV Prevention Program which is part of the University of South Florida Center for HIV Education & Research. This program is funded by a grant through the Florida Department of Health.
She has worked in the maternal-child health field since 1976. She has been employed by the University of South Florida since 1994 when she began working for the Department of Pediatrics Ambulatory Care Center as the Clinical Head Nurse. During this time, she became involved with the Pediatric Infectious Disease Program while caring for HIV infected babies in the primary care setting. The increasing rate of mother-to-child infections sparked her passion for HIV prevention education. Hilda’s clinical background in HIV care includes direct medical case management of HIV infected pregnant women, their exposed and/or infected infants.
As the Program Manager for the Perinatal HIV Transmission Prevention Project, Hilda provides training and technical assistance to health care providers in Florida on the protocol to prevent perinatal HIV transmission. She developed a work plan to assist Florida’s delivering hospitals implement rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery units and acts in an advisory capacity to perinatal nurses throughout Florida.
As the Prevention Program Coordinator for the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center, Hilda collaborated on curriculum and program development to facilitate training and technical assistance to Florida, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico health care providers on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health Care Settings.
Hilda developed and maintains an interactive website for the perinatal project in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. The Perinatal HIV Prevention Community is a one-stop-shop to assure that information, education, and technical assistance is available to providers and consumers on pregnancy and HIV.
University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Business Management 2005
State University of New York, Albany, NY
Associates in Nursing 1988
Trinity School of Nursing, Minot, ND
Diploma in Nursing (RN) 1978
North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton, ND
Practical Nursing (LPN) 1976
ANA Certification, Perinatal Nursing, Active since 1980
Hilda has a strong commitment to decreasing the number of HIV-infected infants born in Florida and educating others about the successful perinatal guidelines and protocols to reduce perinatal HIV transmission from mother to child.