Using MOST to Optimize an HIV Care Continuum Intervention for Vulnerable Populations
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: July 2016 - March 2021
Principal Investigator: Gwadz, Marya
Principal Investigator: Collins LM
Co-Investigator: Cleland, Charles
Co-Investigator: Leonard, Noelle
Co-Investigator: Braithwaite, Scott
Co-Investigator: Wilton L



There is an urgent need for new research approaches to advance intervention science. This project employs a new, potent, and innovative research methodology, the Multiphase Optimization STrategy (MOST), a framework for developing highly efficacious, efficient, scalable, and cost-effective interventions. This study seeks the large population of African American/Black and Latino persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in the U.S. who are not sufficiently engaged in HIV primary care and not taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). The study addresses a vulnerable population of PLHA, including the critically important subpopulations of men who have sex with men (MSM) and substance users; it will develop an efficient and cost effective intervention to increase engagement along the HIV care continuum for these vulnerable groups.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER