The Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY Center for AIDS Research (ERC-CFAR) is funding four projects, three of which involve CUNY SPH researchers, with NIH CFAR administrative supplemental funds totaling $1,560,187, the center announced Thursday.
Each year the NIH CFAR Program issues a request for abstracts to the 17 national CFARs for competitive targeted administrative supplement awards focused on specific research areas they have prioritized. The review of these applications is performed internally at the NIH using a highly selective and competitive review process.
Upon review, the NIH CFAR agreed to fund “Patient-Focused PrEP Management to Increase Coverage for Highest Priority Patients in Primary Care in a High Prevalence Jurisdiction,” a two- year project designed to apply robust implementation science data collected during their previous one-year planning supplement award to develop and test novel PrEP delivery strategies designed to increase PrEP uptake, engagement, and retention among highest priority Black and Latino sexual minority men. CUNY SPH Professor Christian Grov is Co-Investigator.
The center will also fund “Food insecurity and competing financial priorities impact on PrEP use among sexual minority men,” which will leverage Dr. Grov’s existing Together 5000 (T5K) cohort to expand current, limited data on food insecurity and other material needs impacts gay and bisexual men to better assess associations and improve PrEP uptake and adherence. The Principal Investigator is CUNY ISPH Research Scientist Drew Westmoreland and Associate Professor Nevin Cohen is also involved.
A project from ISPH researchers McKaylee Robertson and Denis Nash, “Evaluating the Healthix Bottom Up Strategy in New York City Using an Implementation Science Framework,” will also be funded for one year for $150,000 in direct costs. The project will evaluate the early implementation of the Healthix Bottom Up strategy which employs existing and custom real-time health information exchange alerts, and updated client contact information from HIV Housing Services to enable teams of outreach workers to locate and re-engage a cohort of clients who received HIV services at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University medical center. The project will examine the usefulness of the Healthix Bottom Up strategies to locate and re-engage HIV-infected clients who are out of care, as well as identifying program factors, barriers and facilitators leading to successful re-engagement in care.