Ongoing Research

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  • CHARM Pilot Awards – Cohort 01

    Stigma, Resilience and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Women Living with HIV

     PI: Claudia Martinez, MD, Department of Medicine

    This study aims to empirically test the relationships between intersectional stigma, resiliency and cardiovascular disease among women living with HIV and qualitatively explore the cardiovascular disease disparity in the context of intersectional stigma and resilience and optimal community-centered prevention/intervention efforts.

    The Syndemic of Criminal Justice Involvement, Mental Illness, Substance Use, and Interpersonal Violence among Marginalized Adults Living with HIV

     PI:  Kathryn Nowotny, PhD, Department of Sociology

    The goal of this study is to understand the clustering of HIV, justice involvement, mental illness, substance use, and exposure to violence, how the social and structural context contributes to this  clustering, and how this clustering influences the trajectory of HIV care for justice-involved people living with HIV.

    Engaging Hispanic Immigrants in Mental Health Promotion and HIV Prevention: A Father-Son Initiative

     PI: Tatiana Perrino, PsyD, Department of Public Health Sciences

    This project examines the feasibility of father-son interventions as a strategy to engage men across generations in the HIV prevention and care continuum.

    Bon Sante: Opportunities for HIV Prevention Among Haitian Americans

     PI: Candice Sternberg, MD, Department of Medicine

    This study aims to reduce the incidence of HIV and decrease disparities in the utilization of evidence-based biomedical prevention with PrEP in the Haitian community.

  • CHARM Pilot Awards – Cohort 02

    Characterizing the Mental Health and Biobehavioral State of South African Women Living with Comorbid HIV and Breast Cancer and Considering a Contextually Appropriate Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management Intervention

     PI: Daniel O'Neil, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

    The long-term objective of this proposal is to understand the extent of mental health disparities between WLWH and breast cancer (BC) and women with BC only, to understand the contribution and mechanisms of mental health disorders on survival differences, and to develop novel approaches to reducing those disparities. This pilot funding application specifically aims to 1) compare self-reported distress, depression, and anxiety symptoms between South African WLWH and BC, WLWH only, and women with BC only; 2) compare traditional and novel circulating inflammatory markers between the same groups; and 3) explore the feasibility and acceptability of a cognitive-behavioral stress management (CBSM) intervention for use among South African WLWH and BC.

    A Mixed Methods Examination of Intersectional Stigma, Bio-Behavioral Pathways, and HIV-related Health Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men

     PI:  Renessa Williams, PhD, Department of Surgery

    This project employs a mixed methods approach that integrates self-report measures, inflammatory biomarkers, viral load, and semi-structured interviews to understand pathways driving HIV-related health outcomes among Black MSM. The specific aims of this mixed methods study are: (1) Identify the pathways linking intersectional stigma with viral suppression and inflammation; and (2) Describe intersectional stigma among Black MSM living with HIV; Results will inform the development of bio-behavioral interventions that improve health outcomes in Black MSM living with HIV. 

    The Impact of Media Literacy and Resilience on Low Income Latinx Living with HIV: A Community-Engaged Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

     PI: Victoria Orrego Dunleavy, PhD, Department of Communication Studies

    The proposed project directly addresses the sources of health disparity in Miami Dade County: mental health and misinformation by developing a culturally tailored resilience and media literacy intervention. 

  • Ending the HIV Epidemic Administrative Supplements – NIH FY 2020

    Five Point Initiative – Reaching Miami’s Black Communities to End the HIV Epidemic

     PI: Sannisha Dale, PhD, Department of Psychology

    This project will implement HIV testing, PrEP information/linkage, and condom distribution in 12 high impact zip codes in Miami, FL using a locally developed Five Point Initiative approach that harnesses partnerships with local businesses, health organizations and community consultants/experts.

    FINISHING HIV: A Social Network-Based Outreach Program to Encourage Utilization of HIV Protection, Diagnosis and Treatment Services, Customized for Latinos

     PI: Mariano Kanamori, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences

    This project is a tailored diagnosis, treatment and prevention program based on four network-based strategies (social, parks, pharmacy, and radio) designed to reach large numbers of Latino MSM self-identified as gay or bisexual/straight.

  • Ending the HIV Epidemic Administrative Supplements – NIH FY 2019

    Five Point Initiative

     PI: Sannisha Dale, PhD, Department of Psychology

    This project focuses on Black communities and is being executed in close collaboration with community consultants and community organizations. Individuals who come to five different venues as points of contact – corner stores, mechanics, hair/beauty salons, barbershops, and laundromats – will be given a voucher for services at that venue after completing a survey about facilitators and barriers to HIV prevention and treatment.

    FINISHING HIV: An HIV Protection, Diagnosis and Treatment Network for Latinos

     PI: Mariano Kanamori, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences

    This project uses a pharmacy network and a parks network to increase awareness and utilization of HIV protection, diagnosis, and treatment services by Latino MSM in Miami-Dade County.

    Implementation of Telemedicine Test and Treat for on-site initiation of ART at Miami’s IDEA Exchange Syringe Service Program

     PI: Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

    This study is laying the groundwork for evaluation and implementation of a telemedicine Test and Treat approach within Florida’s first and only legal syringe service program.