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SIP14-013 Understanding barriers to colorectal cancer screening in South Asians

Project Director/Lead Investigator: Ma Somsouk (UCSF PI); Susan L.

SIP14-026 Cognitive Interviews of Executive Directors of Food Banks to Inform Improved Distribution of Healthy Foods

Project Director/Lead Investigator: Hilary Seligman, MD (UCSF PI); Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD (Co-PI); Dean Schillinger, MD (Co-PI); Elaine Waxman, PhD (Co-PI); Michelle Marshall (Co-PI);  Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD (UCSF PRC PI)   Coordinating Center Aim 1: Identify critical gaps in nutrition policy research, and insure that cost-effective and time-efficient projects are conducted to fill those gaps Coordinating Center Aim 2: Disseminate findings broadly a

Training Program for Scientists Doing Research to Reduce HIV Health Disparities [summary]

The Collaborative HIV Prevention Research in Minority Communities Program was developed to address the simultaneous overrepresentation of communities of color among those with HIV and under-representation of researchers of color at the National Institutes of Health.

Culturally Relevant HIV Prevention for Transgender Women

Transgender women (people who were assigned ‘male’ at birth but identify as female) are disproportionately impacted by HIV, especially transgender women of color. The specific aims of this research are: Conduct 15 qualitative interviews to describe the influence of transgender women’s unique 1. cultural context on their HIV-related risk and behaviors and protective factors. Create new and adapt existing quantitative measures to more accurately assess psychosocial 2.

Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for the SPNS Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino/a Populations Initiative

The Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) at UCSF will provide leadership and support to demonstration sites implementing interventions to enhance HIV testing and diagnosis among out-of-care Latina/os, and to link and retain these populations in high quality HIV care. Over the course of the five year Initiative, the ETAC will: provide technical assistance (TA) to the demonstration sites regarding the development of innovative models for providing HIV and support services, as

Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (TAPS) [summary]

The Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (TAPS) program trains scientists for academic and public health careers. TAPS has been in existence since 1989 and has trained nearly 100 scientists focusing on various aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, both domestically and internationally. The graduates of the program hold positions at universities around the US, at the CDC, NIH, several foundations, and health departments in California and in San Francisco in particular.

MAMAS Study: Effects of HIV/AIDS Stigma on Use of Services by Pregnant Women in Kenya

The Maternity in Migori and AIDS Stigma Study (MAMAS Study) aims to understand the effects of HIV/AIDS stigma on service use by pregnant women in rural Kenya, and to use the knowledge gained to develop stigma reduction interventions for this vulnerable group.

Evaluation of Patient and Provider Perspectives on Routine HIV Screening in Emergency Departments

Routine HIV screening in all health facilities has been recommended by the CDC as a critical strategy to reach undiagnosed HIV patients in order to facilitate linkage to care and enhance HIV prevention efforts. Offering HIV testing in hospital emergency departments is viewed as a particularly important mechanism to reach patients who may not have health insurance or access to regular medical care.

Context and Correlates of Health Behaviors in South India

This five-year study is being conducted in collaboration with three Indian NGOs: YRGCARE in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, SHADOWS in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh, and Shelter in Calicut, Kerala. The overall goal is to obtain a better understanding of HIV risk-taking in the context of alcohol consumption among male migrant workers and female sex workers in South India through formative work as well as qualitative and qualitative interviews.

HIV Prevention Intervention for HIV-Positive Men in China

In China, sexual transmission has become the major driving force behind the HIV epidemic, accounting for more than half (52%) of the estimated 700,000 people currently living with HIV. Men who have sex with men (MSM) may contribute to the rapid acceleration of the epidemic throughout China.

Mpowerment Evaluation and Monitoring (MEM)

The aim of this project is to better understand the capacity of CBOs to conduct outcome monitoring of the Mpowerment Project (MP) for the purpose of improving their implementation of the intervention. To this end, we will collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the three CBOs funded under the CDC FOA 09-947 to participate in this project.

Ballroom Community Project: Social Networks and Social Support for Young African American MSM

This research investigates the relationship between social networks, social support, and HIV-related risk behavior among young African American MSM who participate in the Ballroom community. The Ballroom community consists of houses, figurative and sometimes literal homes, for queer youth of color, and the elaborate balls they host and compete in.

Community-Level HIV Prevention Intervention for Young Black MSM

This project will test the efficacy of a community-level intervention (an adaptation of the Mpowerment Project) in reducing sexual risk behavior and increasing testing among young Black men who have sex with men. We will implement the Black Mpowerment Project for two years in Dallas, TX. Houston, TX will be the comparison community.

Evaluation of SFAF’s Magnet Program

In this project, funded as a community collaborative by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP), CAPS and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) seek to evaluate Magnet, a clinic and community center located in the Castro District of San Francisco, the City’s primary gay and lesbian neighborhood. The primary study will consist of a large survey of gay men in San Francisco.

HIV Prevention Intervention for HIV-Positive Men in China

In China, sexual transmission has become the major driving force behind the HIV epidemic, accounting for more than half (52%) of the estimated 700,000 people currently living with HIV. Men who have sex with men (MSM) may contribute to the rapid acceleration of the epidemic throughout China.

HIV Prevention Intervention for HIV-Positive Men in China

In China, sexual transmission has become the major driving force behind the HIV epidemic, accounting for more than half (52%) of the estimated 700,000 people currently living with HIV. Men who have sex with men (MSM) may contribute to the rapid acceleration of the epidemic throughout China.

Eastern Caribbean Community Access Project: Increasing Access to HIV/AIDS Services through Evidence-Based Programming

In collaboration with the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance and Intrahealth, CAPS is working in four Eastern Caribbean countries to enhance the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The USAID-funded Eastern Caribbean Community Action Project (EC-CAP) supports prevention, development and use of strategic information, roll-out of community-based counseling and testing, and provision of care services (palliative and home based care).

Health Information Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC)

HITEC is the evaluation center for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Information Technology Networks of Care Initiative. Six demonstration sites are implementing electronic network systems to interconnect providers at different care locations. The goal of these systems is to promote health information exchange to improve the delivery, continuity, and quality of care to people living with HIV/AIDS who receive services in publicly-funded settings.

Improving Self-Reports about High-Risk Sexual Behavior

In this study we will conduct an experiment to test the effectiveness of an innovative method of administering a survey interview--conversational interviewing--in reducing respondents’ reporting errors in their responses to sexual behavior questions common in HIV/AIDS research.

Project Accept: …Community Mobilization, Mobile Testing, Same-Day Results, and Post-Test Support for HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa and Thailand

UCSF is one site of an NIMH-funded multi-site, international efficacy trial of a behavioral intervention to reduce the incidence of HIV infection. Collaborating international sites teamed with US sites are: Zimbabwe (S. Morin, UCSF PI), South Africa (T. Coates, UCLA PI), Tanzania (M. Sweat, Johns Hopkins University PI) and Thailand (D. Celantano, Johns Hopkins University PI).