Abigail Link

2017 cohort, University of Washington
Abigail Link, MPH, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in discovering what barriers adolescent girls in Sub-Saharan Africa face relating to health care engagement. The current rates of HIV incidence in adolescent girls is increasing as other groups (children and adults) are decreasing. According to UNICEF, there were 610,000 new HIV infections in people aged 15 to 24 years in 2016 alone, with only 13% of adolescent girls being tested for HIV in the last 12 months. Understanding their barriers to health care engagement is the first step to help adolescents become empowered and reengage in their health and health care.

She earned her BSN from Bethel College and her MPH from Boston University.

She has worked in many fields of nursing from pediatrics, home care, infection prevention and emergency care throughout the U.S. She is currently working as a research assistant at UW on a PrEP HIV study of adolescent girls and young women in Kenya.

Link lives in Seattle, Washington.