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CAPS Town Hall presents Edwin Charlebois & Jen Hecht: Structural alcohol intervention for gay bar patrons in San Francisco (The PACE Studies)

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CAPS Town Hall PACE Studies

November 29, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

Impact of a structural alcohol intervention for gay bar patrons in San Francisco: The PACE Studies

Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor – AmfAR Conf. Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

Men who have sex with men (MSM) have high rates of alcohol intake including binge drinking (>50% of MSM in San Francisco report binge drinking), which can lead to increased sexual risk and other negative health outcomes. Heavy alcohol use is a recognized driver of the HIV epidemic in SF and gay bars have been identified as important venues for interventions addressing alcohol-related HIV risk.   The Pacing Alcohol Consumption Experiment (PACE) was a series of studies designed to describe alcohol and HIV risk behaviors in gay bar attending MSM, understand individual MSM alcohol self-management strategies, and to develop and evaluate the impact on alcohol intake and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a multi-level, structural alcohol intervention for gay bar patrons in San Francisco, CA., USA.  Implemented by a community collaborative team of UCSF and CAPS researchers, STOP AIDS and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the PACE studies would like to share significant new data on MSM, alcohol, HIV risk, and gay bars in San Francisco, including the results of its structural intervention trial, qualitative studies on drinking and self-management, and a comparative study of alcohol drink strength in gay bars vs non-gay bars in San Francisco.


Edwin Charlebois, PhD, MPH,  is a senior scientist CAPS.  His research program focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection and its consequences. Overarching this focus are translational science efforts to improve the methodology and evaluation of research and interventions aimed at controlling and eventually eliminating the domestic and international spread of HIV.

Jennifer Hecht, MPH, has over 15 years of experience in public health, with a focus on HIV/STIs, youth homelessness, and substance use.  Her work has evolved from direct service in settings such as needle exchange sites, street-based and mobile outreach, and a community health clinic to include program development, monitoring and evaluation, and community-based research.  She has been working for many years on projects related to sexual health and online dating apps and is a co-founder of Building Healthy Online Communities, a consortium of public health and app owners working together to further HIV and STI prevention.  Additional research has focused on alcohol use in the queer community and development of structural interventions.  Currently she works at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where she leads program strategy and evaluation.


UCSF Division of Prevention Sciences

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)



November 29, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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