Funded Pilots

Awards were presented for innovative projects that are highly significant for the field. Each awardee has mentors who will offer guidance in the conduct of their studies and bring a broader transdisciplinary perspective to their work.
2017 Pilot Project Awards
Campos, Stephanie
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
Jemal, Alexis
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
Adapting an Evidence-Based HIV/STI Risk Reduction Intervention to Address Oppressive Sexual Scripts Among Heterosexual African American Males and Females

This project will adapt an evidence-based intervention to reduce HIV/STI risk  among substance using, heterosexually identified men and women who have multiple sex partners.

Mgbako, Ofole
Exploring Intraethnic Differences in Healthcare-Related Experiences among Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City

Qualitative study to examine differences in healthcare-related experiences and their effect on healthcare utilization, ART adherence and viral suppression.

Aronson, Ian
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
Mobile Intervention Kit to Increase HIV/HCV Testing and Overdose Prevention Training, Pre-Phase II Pilot

This study examined barriers to HIV and HCV testing and opioid overdose prevention training among people who inject drugs (PWID) in community-based settings and how the Mobile Intervention Kit (MIK) addressed these barriers and how it can be integrated into existing provider workflows. It also  examined potential costs and reimbursements available to community-based organizations addressing HIV and HCV testing and overdose prevention, and how the MIK can be made financially self-sustaining.

Cook, Stephanie
NYU College of Global Public Health
Moving Beyond Social Support: Examining the Role of Adult Attachment, Daily Discrimination, Stress Physiology and Substance Use Among Young Sexual Minority Men

This study will evaluate the association between adult attachment, perceived sexual orientation discrimination, biological responses to stress and substance use among young minority men who have sex with men.

Gwadz, Marya
NYU Silver School of Social Work
Wellness Wise: Unpacking and Understanding the Management of Co-Morbidities among Persons of Color Living with HIV

As the population of persons living with HIV ages, the prevalence of serious co-morbidities increases.  Little is known about the experience of managing co-morbidities in the context of a complex and stigmatized chronic condition such as HIV.  To inform future intervention efforts, the study used qualitative methods to explore the perspectives of persons living with HIV who also evidenced metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, and/or cardiovascular disease on multi-level factors that promoted or impeded successful management of this constellation of conditions, and the acceptability of various intervention approaches such as physical activity and healthy diet.

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