Social/Clinical Research Projects

Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care
Sponsor Health Resources & Services Administration - Boston University Subcontract
Key Staff Principal Investigator:Diane Campbell
Team Members: Karen Carr, Susan Howell, LaSean Hutcherson, Lawanda Todd, Barry White, and Peter Williams
Description The Community Health Worker (CHW) occupies a unique role in public health, providing linkage between their community and the professional, medical, and support staff who provide direct patient care. The community health worker serves as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to health-related care, treatment, and other supportive services. This cooperative agreement with Boston University intends to integrate CHWs into a multidisciplinary health care team. The goal of this initiative is to improve the HIV care continuum by providing Ryan White recipients with the training, support, strategies and resources needed to implement an effective CHW program.
Project Dates July 2017 - August 31, 2019

Routine, Opt-Out HIV Screening in Vidant Emergency Departments
Sponsor Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Key Staff Principal Investigator:Nada Fadul
Team Members: Tim Reeder, Ciarra Dortche, Richard Baltaro, Chris Miller, Todd Stroud, Kirby Elmore, and Barry White.

Nearly one in six HIV-positive Americans does not know that they are living with HIV infection. Diagnosing those who are living with the infection enables medical providers to encourage the patient to begin antiretroviral therapies, which lowers the amount of HIV in the human body. This program aims to:

  • Make routine HIV screening for adults and adolescents a standard of medical care
  • Reduce the number of undiagnosed people, decrease the number of those diagnosed late, and ensure strong linkages to HIV care and treatment
  • Change public perceptions and overcome stigma that may discourage people from getting tested for HIV

This test-and-treat strategy follows 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Project Dates October 26, 2016 - June 30, 2018