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.
2022 Pilot Project Awards
Bunting, Amanda
NYU Langone Health
Association of Polysubstance Patterns with Trauma Typologies: An Ancillary Study

This study will examine associations between polysubstance use patterns and typologies of trauma in order to develop tailored interventions to individuals engaged in high-risk patterns of polysubstance use.

Mentors:
  • Cleland, Charles, NYU Langone Health
  • Zielinski, Melissa, University of Arkansas
Diaz, José
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Examining the Impact of Intersectional Stigma and Resilience on Substance Use Treatment Utilization Among Latinx Men Who Have Sex With Men

The project will examine and contextualize past-year substance use treatment utilization among a national sample of Latinx who use stimulants and are living with HIV (HIV+ SUMSM) who have and have not (unmet treatment need) engaged in recent substance use treatment. It will also explore the geographic distribution of past-year substance use treatment utilization and unmet substance use treatment need among Latinx HIV+SUMSM. Data will be paired with archival geographic measures to characterize areas of high unmet treatment need.

Because intersectional stigma is a fundamental driver of health inequities, the study will examine the associations between intersectional stigma, resilience, and psychosocial correlates (e.g., acculturation, polysubstance use, community substance use norms) with past-year substance use treatment utilization and unmet substance use treatment. Findings from this study will support the geolocation of stigma-reduction and empowerment-based health interventions.

Mentors:
  • Duncan, Dustin, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Hirshfield, Sabina, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
  • Rodriguez-Diaz, Carlos - George Washington University
Shrader, Cho-Hee
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Feasibility of a Sociocentric Network-based Respondent Driven Sampling Recruitment Method for HIV Prevention Programming among Black, Latino, and Caribbean Men Who Have Sex With Men and Use Drugs: A Multilevel Implementation Science Study

The goal of this pilot study is to use Proctor’s Outcomes for Implementation Research to assess the feasibility of respondent-driven sampling (RDS) in recruiting 10 sociocentric networks of Black, Latino and Caribbean sexual minority men (BLCSMM) who use drugs, and examine network influences on drug use and HIV outcomes.

Mentors:
Knox, Justin
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Duncan, Dustin
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Formative Research on How to Deliver Alcohol Interventions in the Context of HIV Prevention and Care among Black Sexual Minority Men

This study will collect preliminary data on determinants of alcohol disparities and how to adapt alcohol interventions for delivery in the context of HIV prevention and care services to Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men (SMM), a population with a disproportionate burden of heavy drinking, alcohol use disorder (AUD) and HIV.

Mentors:
  • Shelley, Donna, NYU School of Global Public Health
  • Sherman, Scott, NYU Langone Health
  • Schneider, John - University of Chicago
  • Geng, Elvin - Washington University in St. Louis
Tempalski, Barbara
North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)
Benoit, Ellen
North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)
Preliminary Investigation of Behavioral Risks and Programming Factors Associated with Syphilis Infection

This study will collect and analyze preliminary data related to risk factors and potential deficiencies in prevention interventions associated with syphilis reinfection among MSM.

Mentors:
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