As a pediatric infectious disease specialist, Larson has spent her career focusing on HIV/AIDS and immunizations and has contributed to both fields in research, education and service. In 1990, she co-founded the first clinic for those with HIV/AIDS in the Truckee Meadows, Northern Nevada HOPES, for which she is currently the medical director. She continues to see patients at the clinic, and will continue to do so, even with her new appointment. She is very passionate about the clinic and is proud of the university’s involvement.
Larson also is co-medical director for the AIDS Education and Training Center, a member of the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition and medical consultant to the Washoe County District Health Department, often addressing professional audiences and the public on topics such as AIDS, vaccination, disease outbreaks, bioterrorism and sex education.
Larson’s professional affiliations include serving as a member and chair of the Nevada Public Health Foundation, as a member of the Nevada State AIDS Advisory Task Force and as the former chair of the Nevada Immunization Advisory Committee and the Nevada Medicaid Advisory Committee. She also has served on national committees for HIV/AIDS programs, and has been awarded many medical and professional honors.
In her role as director of the School of Community Health Sciences, Larson said she will help the school to continue to add to the state’s pool of public health professionals to address important health issues, such as infectious disease, availability of health care throughout the state and health policy. The school’s undergraduate programs prepare students for graduate programs in medicine, physical therapy, business and public health.