CFAR/ARC Ending the HIV Epidemic Supplement Awards

In September 2020, NIH announced supplemental awards to institutions participating in the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program and NIMH AIDS Research Centers (ARC) program. These awards will support research to enhance the implementation science knowledge base needed for Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. Some awards continue and expand on pilot projects funded in 2019, while others support new projects. All projects involve close collaboration between CFAR/ARC investigators and local health officials and community groups in priority areas.

These one-year implementation science research awards either build on work from a 2019 pilot project or support new projects based on priorities identified by local jurisdictions.

CFAR or ARC Project Investigator Project Title (* denotes expansion from 2019)
Duke CFAR Amy Corneli *PrEP-MECK: Increasing PrEP uptake among same gender loving men in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Einstein CFAR McKaylee Robertson Evaluating the Healthix Bottom-Up Strategy in New York City using an implementation science framework
University of Miami Developmental HIV/AIDS Mental Health Research Center (D-ARC) Mariano Kanamori *FINISHING HIV: A social network-based outreach program to encourage utilization of HIV protection, diagnosis and treatment services, customized for Latinos
Penn CFAR Rinad Beidas  Implementation mapping to increase the use of evidence-based interventions in the HIV continuum of care
Providence/Boston CFAR Amy Nunn *Faith in Action: Clergy and community health center implementation strategies for ending the epidemic in Mississippi and Arkansas
San Diego CFAR David Moore; Jessica Montoya Exploring and preparing for implementation of an individualized text messaging PrEP adherence intervention in a community setting
Third Coast CFAR Claudia Hawkins Evaluation of an emergency implemented telemedicine Intervention, its acceptability and impact on HIV care and treatment among persons living with HIV
UNC CFAR Tonia Poteat *Transforming the Carolinas 2.0
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Christine Khosropour *Integrating high-intensity re-engagement into routine health department services in Mississippi

These two-year implementation science research projects build on the progress and outcomes from 2019 pilot projects.

CFAR or ARC Project Investigator Project Title (* denotes expansion from 2019)
Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR Viraj Patel *Patient-focused PrEP management to increase coverage for highest priority patients in primary care in a high prevalence jurisdiction
Harvard CFAR Douglas Krakower; Julia Marcus *Clinical decision support for PrEP
HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies Robert Remien; Claude Ann Mellins *Evaluating implementation strategies of behavioral health integration into HIV prevention and care including telehealth
Miami CFAR Susan Doblecki-Lewis *Adaptation of the mobile PrEP implementation strategy for equitable scale-out (AMP-IT-OUT)
University of Miami Developmental HIV/AIDS Mental Health Research Center (D-ARC) Sannisha Dale *Five point initiative: reaching Miami’s Black communities to end the HIV epidemic
Penn CFAR Jose Bauermeister *System-level intervention to optimize HIV testing & PrEP delivery among young sexual and gender minorities in Philadelphia
Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC) Steven Meanley *Adapting and expanding a high-impact social media-delivered sexual health promotion intervention (Project iMMPACS) to African American youth in Philadelphia County
Providence/Boston CFAR Serena Rajabiun *Integrating community health workers as part of the HIV care team in rural and urban settings to improve viral suppression in Shelby County, Tennessee
UAB CFAR Latesha Elopre *PrOTECT AL: PrEP optimization through enhanced continuum tracking
UAB CFAR Lynn Matthews *Mobile testing to increase HIV-testing uptake in rural Alabama: a pilot implementation project (MOBILISE)
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Kimberly Koester *Connecting resources for rural and urban sexual health: CRRUSH-Sacramento
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Susan Kegeles; Greg Rebchook *Texas PrEP implementation study (TPIS)

These one-year awards support research to determine how best to implement strategies to help cisgender heterosexual women learn about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), decide if this HIV prevention tool is relevant for their lives, access PrEP, and sustain PrEP use for as long as desired.

CFAR or ARC Project Investigator Project Title
Einstein CFAR Sarit Golub Novel strategies for reducing barriers to HIV testing and increasing access to PrEP for cisgender women
Harvard CFAR Bisola Ojikutu Addressing unmet PrEP needs among diverse Black women
JHU CFAR Ju Park Optimizing PrEP engagement among cisgender heterosexual women and their partners
Miami CFAR Rosina Cianelli SEPA-PrEP: a promising HIV prevention strategy for cisgender Hispanic heterosexual women to access, initiate and sustain use of PrEP
Providence/Boston CFAR Larry Brown Exploring PrEP implementation strategies tailored for African American cisgender women living in Mississippi HIV hot spots
UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) Ronald Brooks TeleHealth to optimize PrEP care continuum outcomes among cisgender Black and Latina heterosexual women
UNC CFAR Courtney Bonner Implementing PrEP into non-title X settings to reduce HIV disparities among African American women in the Atlanta MSA

These one-year awards support studies to help understand the implementation of various communication strategies and delivery platforms to increase use of HIV testing, prevention, and care services and to reduce stigma.

CFAR or ARC Project Investigator Project Title
Einstein CFAR David Lounsbury  Provider-targeted communications strategies to reduce stigma and promote PrEP uptake
HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies Joanne Mantell; Laurie Bauman Using a social media campaign to increase PrEP engagement among young Latinx and Black men who have sex with men
JHU CFAR Cui Yang Development and evaluation of a crowdsourced U=U campaign to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV prevention and care utilization in Baltimore
Penn CFAR Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez Social media mining for tailored PrEP intervention
Third Coast CFAR Kathryn Macapagal  Adaptation of a social marketing campaign to promote PrEP awareness among adolescents in Cook County, Illinois
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Roxanne Kerani Data driven messaging to increase engagement in molecular cluster investigations

CFAR Investigator Title
Third Coast CFAR Brian Mustanski and Nanette Benbow Implementation Science Coordination, Consultation, and Collaboration Initiative (ISC3I)

CFAR Investigator Title
JHU CFAR Sheree Schwartz and Stefan Baral Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium Plus (MACC+) Implementation Science Consultation Hub: Methods, Mentorship, and Collaboration
Yale ARC (CIRA) Donna Spiegelman R3EDI: Rigorous, Rapid, & Relevant Evidence aDaptation & Implementation to Ending the HIV Epidemic
UCSD CFAR Borsika Rabin and Nicole Stadnick San Diego CFAR Implementation Science Hub
UAB CFAR Michael Mugavero and Robin Lanzi UAB CFAR Implementation Science Consultation Hub
UCLA ARC (CHIPTS) Alison Hamilton UCLA Rapid, Relevant, Rigorous (3R) Implementation Science Hub

These one-year awards, announced in September 2019, supported pilot and formative studies to enhance the implementation science base needed for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Additional 2019 projects that were continued and expanded in 2020 are listed above and marked with an asterisk.

CFAR or ARC Investigator Title
CWRU CFAR Ann Avery Molecular cluster analysis, understanding its use in ending the HIV epidemic in Cleveland, and informing the community
DC CFAR Sarah Henn Sarah Henn    A city-wide approach to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) scale-up in multiple high-risk communities in Washington, D.C.
DC CFAR Rupali Doshi Citywide expansion of rapid ART initiation in the District of Columbia
DC CFAR Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz Puerto Rico-DC CFAR community-academic partnership (CAP) for comprehensive HIV prevention and response
Duke CFAR Amy Corneli; Meredith Clement Getting to [NO]ne in New Orleans: enhancing PrEP uptake in Black women to end the epidemic
Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR Laurie Bauman Strategies to scale up PrEP availability in medical care settings
Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR Matthew Akiyama Enhancing a universal testing and treatment strategy in jail to promote viral load suppression among justice-involved people living with HIV
Emory CFAR Jessica Sales; Anandi Sheth Reducing HIV among women living in Atlanta
Harvard CFAR Kevin Ard Mobile, venue-based PrEP for men who have sex with men
Harvard CFAR Jacqueline Chu Intensive case management to end the HIV epidemic
JHU CFAR Joyce Jones The Baltimore Rapid Start collaborative
JHU CFAR Jean Anderson Linkage and retention in care upon release from the Maryland state prison system
Miami CFAR Allan Rodriguez Identifying barriers and building strategies for widespread implementation of rapid linkage into care and antiretroviral initiation of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in Miami Dade County
Providence/Boston CFAR Jun Tao; S. Alexander Marshall Using a big-data approach to characterize disparities in the HIV care continuum and viral suppression among rural communities in Arkansas
San Diego CFAR Jill Blumenthal; Laramie Smith TRANS (ending) the HIV epidemic: planning a mobilized community-delivered response with transgender individuals at high risk for HIV transmission
San Diego CFAR Joel Wertheim Responding to HIV molecular transmission clusters comprising transgender women in Los Angeles County    
San Diego CFAR Maile Karris A demonstration project of collaborative clinic-based data to care
San Diego CFAR Kiyomi Tsuyuki Proyecto Compadre: community engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among Latino men in San Diego
Tennessee CFAR April Pettit A step toward ending the HIV epidemic in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee: improving linkage to care with a test and treat program
Third Coast CFAR Jessica Ridgway Improving PrEP uptake and persistence among cis-gender women of color
Third Coast CFAR Moira McNulty PrEP persistence and implementation in high burden areas in the Midwest
Third Coast CFAR John Schneider Next generation responses to HIV-related events in ending the epidemic contexts
UCSF-GIVI CFAR Albert Liu Evaluating gaps and improving immediate linkage and ART initiation in the Bay Area
UCSF-GIVI CFAR Will McFarland Enhancing case-based and behavioral surveillance for key populations in Alameda County
UCSF-GIVI CFAR Monika Roy Optimizing novel strategies to increase virologic suppression rates among unstably housed patients living with HIV
UNC CFAR Lisa Hightow-Weidman An integrated technology-based “status-neutral” approach to engage young men who have sex with men and young transgender women in the prevention and care continuum in North and South Carolina
UNC CFAR Felicia Browne Reaching African-Americans to reduce HIV disparities in the Carolinas
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Joanne Stekler PROTECT: providing PrEP through community-based organizations using telehealth and commercial pharmacies
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Roxanne Kerani Developing an intervention to interrupt transmission in molecular HIV clusters
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Matthew Golden Integrated real-time reengagement and low barrier care to improve HIV treatment
UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Rena Patel Harambee! Feasibility of community-based HIV testing implementation strategies among African immigrants in King County, Washington
DC CFAR Adam Allston; Brittani Saafir-Callaway The development of responsive health department HIV data to action strategies through community engagement
Emory CFAR Sophia Hussen Exploring HIV and mental health care integration for young Black men who have sex with men
Harvard CFAR George Seage III Enhancing US HIV prevention models
Miami CFAR Hansel Tookes; Suzanne Doblecki-Lewis Mobile delivery of PrEP and medication assisted treatment at a syringe services program—a pilot study
Third Coast CFAR Russell Brewer Preparing for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) scale-out in criminal justice settings
UAB CFAR Lynn Matthews Promoting PrEP use among African-American adolescent girls and young women in the Deep South at-risk for HIV: provider and client perspectives
Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) Ronald Brooks Use of technology-based PrEP services to improve uptake, adherence, and persistence among young men who have sex with men and young transgender persons of color
Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) Raphael Landovitz Preparing for long-acting injectable treatment for HIV in Los Angeles
Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) Steven Shoptaw Regional response to HIV eradication efforts in southern CA counties
HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies Matthew Feldman Ending the Epidemic for young adults living with HIV: leveraging Ryan White Part A services to improve health outcomes
HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies Theodorus Sandfort Building a coalition to overcome intersecting stigmas and improve HIV prevention, care access, and health outcomes in New York City
University of Miami Developmental HIV/AIDS Mental Health Research Center (D-ARC) Hansel Tookes Implementation of telemedicine test and treat for on-site initiation of antiretroviral therapy at Miami’s IDEA exchange syringe service program (SSP)
Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center (PMHARC) Florence Momplaisir Using a multi-level approach to improve viral suppression for youth and young adults with HIV
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Jeanne Sevelius Community-led programming to improve HIV diagnosis, prevention, and treatment among transgender people in the San Francisco Bay Area
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Hong-Ha Truong Enhancing partner services for newly-diagnosed, sexually active, high risk men who have sex with men
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) Elaine O'Keefe A study of assisted HIV self-testing and linkage to care among partners of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) Trace Kershaw Knowledge, attitudes and practices of key groups about the Undetectable=Untransmissible message (KAP on U=U)
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