Jun
12
11:00 AM11:00

Deadline: 2018 TIDIHR Applications

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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH).

Applications are due on June 12, 2018 12:00 p.m. ET.

For more information, please visit
 https://www.scgcorp.com/tidirh2018/index.html

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in coordination with a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are hosting this training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research in health across all areas of health and health care.

In 2018, the institute will utilize a combination of a 4-month online course (six modules with related assignments) between August 13 and November 30 , 2018, and a 2-day in-person training to be held December 6-7, 2018, in Bethesda, MD. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches to D&I; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the institute to help further the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, submitting D&I grant proposals, etc.).

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Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series – André Pérez

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring André Pérez! André will be discussing his work with the Trans Oral History project and America in Transition

This lecture will be on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 from 12:00-1:30 in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Stay tuned for more details!

To RSVP, please visit this page >>

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Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series – Dr. Sari van Anders

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Dr. Sari Van Anders. ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the Northwestern Department of Psychology.

This lecture will be on Thursday, October 11th 2018 in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Stay tuned for more details!

To RSVP, please visit this page >>

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Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series – Joy Messinger

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Joy Messinger! The lecture is titled “Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the Health, Wellness, and Healing of LGBTQ Communities."

This lecture will be on Thursday, November 15th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400.

To RSVP, please visit ISGMH's page and fill out the RSVP form >>


Abstract:
Joy’s lecture is titled “Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the Health, Wellness, and Healing of LGBTQ Communities.” Intersectionality: an analysis of power, a trendy buzzword, an incorrectly applied theory of diversity… or all of the above? Despite increased media visibility and legislative and judicial victories for LGBTQ communities over the past decade, disparities in physical and mental health outcomes, experiences of violence and trauma, and access to wellness and healing remain for many who are not able-bodied cisgender middle class and wealthy white men. These disparities can be addressed through a deeper understanding of the ways that LGBTQ communities oppress each other and the implications this has for research, policy, funding, advocacy, and service delivery, especially in our current political moment. This talk will provide an ecological and empowerment-based approach to understanding intersectionality, biphobia, and monosexism that centers those most marginalized by mainstream LGBTQ narratives before moving into an application of how to address and resist the root causes of oppression within LGBTQ communities.

About the presenter:
Joy Messinger is an organizer of spreadsheets, money, and people to build sustainability, wellness, and power for reproductive and gender justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, immigrant, and POC communities. She has more than 15 years of experience in youth development, sexuality education, HIV/AIDS services and prevention, health communication research, and LGBTQ / QTPOC community building. Currently, Joy is a Program Officer for Third Wave Fund and an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Prior to her position at Third Wave, Joy spent five years at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health in a variety of research, advocacy, education, and administrative roles to support the sexual health, rights, and identities of young people in Chicago and beyond. Joy holds degrees in public health, social work, and nonprofit leadership from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in rural Western New York, Joy is in her seventh year of calling Chicago home and is a fervent supporter of public libraries, the Shonda Rhimes one-hour drama, kimchi (the pickle), and Kimchi (her cat).

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May
16
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series – Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson! ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the Northwestern Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

This lecture will be on Wednesday, May 16th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Stay tuned for more details!

To RSVP, please visit this page >>

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May
16
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture – Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series featuring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson! ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

This lecture will be on Wednesday, May 16th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Lunch will be served and this event will be available to stream via BlueJeans.

This lecture/performance is based on oral histories of black southern women who desire women. Johnson will discuss some of the methodological challenges of being a man conducting research on women as well as cover some of the topics that he found to be common among many of the women he interviewed. In addition, Johnson will perform excerpts from some of the oral histories.

Please RSVP here. >> 

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May
8
12:00 PM12:00

Bengt Muthén & Tihomir Asparouhov: Intensive longitudinal data, multilevel modeling, and SEM: New features in Mplus version 8.1

Intensive Longitudinal Data, Multilevel Modeling, and SEM: New Features in Mplus Version 8.1

Bengt Muthén, Ph.D.
UCLA

Tihomir Asparouhov, Ph.D.
Mplus
 

ABSTRACT:
With the closely spaced repeated measurements in intensive longitudinal data (ILD), it becomes critical to allow for autocorrelation.  In many ILD models, the autocorrelation is represented as the outcome at one or more previous time points influencing the current outcome, but an alternative model represents this as auto correlated residuals. The Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling (DSEM) approach of Asparouhov et al. (2018) has therefore been expanded in Mplus Version 8.1 into RDSEM, residual DSEM.  Part 1 of this talk gives a brief overview of some key RDSEM models both for N=1 analysis and for N >1 multilevel analysis with random effects.  The development of Version 8.1 has also led to a new approach to multilevel analysis with random slopes for not only DSEM and RDSEM but also for general multilevel modeling.  Using the Bayes estimator, this makes it possible to use a latent variable decomposition of the predictor that enables latent mean centering avoiding the biases in common approaches.  Part 2 of the talk presents theory and applications for such random slope modeling.  Other general SEM developments in Mplus Version 8.1 include a convenient approach to check if two models are nested as well as several other new features.

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May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Byron Powell: Improving the design and application of implementation strategies

Improving the Design and Application of Implementation Strategies

Byron Powell, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

ABSTRACT:
Effective implementation often requires the use of multifaceted, multilevel implementation strategies given the myriad barriers to delivering evidence-based practices in community settings. Ideally, the design of implementation strategies would be guided by theory, evidence, and pragmatic input from relevant stakeholders; however, methods to guide the application of implementation strategies are not well developed. There is a clear need for rigorous and practical methods to guide stakeholders in the identification, selection, and tailoring of implementation strategies for their contexts. This presentation will include an overview of emerging approaches to the design and application of implementation strategies, a discussion of key priorities for the field, and an introduction to a study focused on developing and piloting a novel method for tailoring implementation strategies to specific contexts.

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

Third Coast CFAR Seminar: Rahm Gummuluru, PhD

Join our partners, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research in Chicago for their bi-monthly seminar. 

Presenter: 
Rahm Gummuluru PhD
Associate Professor,
Department of Microbiology,
Boston University School of Medicine

Topic:
Mechanisms of HIV-Induced Chronic Inflammation and Immune Exhaustion

Time:
12pm - 1:00pm CT

Location: 
Stonewall Conference Rooms
Suite 1400
625 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago Campus
Northwestern University

About Dr. Gummuluru:
Research in my laboratory is broadly focused on the mechanisms of cell-­to-­cell  and  cell-­associated  HIV-­1 transmission with an emphasis on interactions of HIV with myeloid cells (monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells) and the implications of these interactions on systemic dissemination of HIV. I obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY where I studied mechanisms responsible for the rapid immunopathology and disease progression observed in SIVsmmPBj14-­infected  pig-­tailed  macaques.  

As a post-­ doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, I focused on HIV-­1 pathogenesis, with an emphasis on host interactions of the HIV-­1 accessory protein, Vpr and the mechanism by which Vpr enhances  HIV-­1  replication.  I  am now an Associate  Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and Co-­Director of the Developmental Core for the Lifespan/BU/BMC CFAR.

My research has been focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern interactions of HIV with myeloid cells. My laboratory has considerable expertise in molecular virology, identifying mechanisms of HIV-­induced immunopathology and cell biology of HIV infection. We were the first to identify the glycosphingolipid,   GM3, present in the virus particle membrane and the myeloid cell-­specific siglec, CD169/Siglec-­1, as the ligand-­receptor interaction necessary for capture of HIV-­1 particles by DCs, and transfer of the captured virus particles to the myeloid cell-­mediated trans infection pathway across virological synapses. The discovery of the GM3 – CD169 mechanism of virus particle recognition by my laboratory has paved the way for our recent efforts to develop nanoparticle-based myeloid  cell-­specific therapeutics for targeted delivery of  anti-­retrovirals to secondary lymphoid tissues.  In parallel,  we are focused on identifying mechanisms that drive persistent induction of innate immune activation in HIV-­infected myeloid cells, with the ultimate goal of developing immunotherapeutic approaches to diminish HIV-­induced chronic immune activation, the main driver of HANA conditions in cART-­suppressed individuals.

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Apr
24
12:00 PM12:00

Lisa Saldana: Considering the How with the What: Implementation fidelity to foster success

Considering the How with the What: Implementation fidelity to foster success

Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.
Oregon Social Learning Center

ABSTRACT:
Previous research has focused on developing and testing the 8-staged Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC)—an observational tool of implementation progress from Engagement (Stage 1) to development of Competency (Stage 8). The SIC provides a unique and rich source of real-world activities conducted by sites attempting to implement an EBP, and an assessment of inner and outer context variables of the sites. The SIC maps onto three phases of implementation (pre-implementation, implementation, and sustainability), and was developed as part of an implementation trial to assess sites' implementation process behavior and obtainment of milestones. Recent advances with the SIC suggest its potential utility as a measure of implementation fidelity; the SIC can reliably predict successful program start-up and achievement of program competency for sustainment based on both the quality and quantity of implementation activity completion.  This presentation will describe recent updates to SIC analyses, and the potential of the SIC to serve as a measure of implementation fidelity, across the span of implementation from Engagement to achievement of Competency in program delivery. Just as achieving high treatment fidelity is important to achieve successful clinical outcomes, this presentation will describe the value of achieving high implementation fidelity for successful implementation outcomes (e.g., sustainability).

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Apr
6
3:30 PM15:30

ISGMH Lecture: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health featuring Dr. Carlos Gallo

We invite you to join our collaborative partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Ce-PIM Researcher, Dr. Carlos Gallo.

ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the Northwestern Department of Linguistics.

Topic:
“Analyzing linguistic style in text messages for an HIV prevention program”

When: 
Friday, April 6th from 3:30-5:30pm

Location:
Ruan Conference Room, Chambers Hall
600 Foster Street
Evanston, IL
Reception to follow Dr. Gallo's lecture

Lecture Details:
Adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM) experience a disproportionate burden of new HIV diagnoses among all young people. Fortunately, carefully designed mHealth interventions exist to reach and engage this key population. Mobile health (mHealth) is a general strategy to use mobile phones and other wireless mental health interventions. However, these interventions often send scripted messages while ignoring the linguistic style of participants or the linguistic context in which the scripted messages are received. Linguistic style and context affect people’s interpersonal satisfaction and engagement, as demonstrated in sociology, couple’s counseling, and psycholinguistics. For instance, married couples with similar linguistic styles report higher marital satisfaction and are less likely to separate. HIV research has largely ignored how mHealth participants’ linguistic style affects engagement and satisfaction to the intervention.

This lecture will describe computational linguistic methods that analyze the linguistic style of AMSM in order to optimize peer-to-peer platforms of HIV prevention programs. Also, these methods can inform ways to tailor scripted messages to the linguistic context of the peer-to-peer conversation in an efficient, scalable, non-obtrusive, and automatic manner. In summary, this lecture will demonstrate examples where computational linguistic methods could improve the implementation of future generation mHealth HIV interventions.

About Dr. Carlos Gallo:
Dr. Carlos Gallo is an ISGMH affiliate faculty member whose research aims to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based programs (EBPs) by local agencies, particularly those addressing health inequities in LGBT and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Gallo is interested in developing computational methods that monitor implementation indicators and provide real-time feedback useful for health care providers and funding agencies. He has successfully applied his background in systems engineering and computational linguistics to improving parent-training preventive interventions, such as Familias Unidas and New Beginning Programs.

Dr. Gallo’s work has enhanced program delivery, leading to improved outcomes among Hispanic youth in terms of risky sexual behaviors, HIV rates, and drug abuse. Dr. Gallo also developed the first machine-based methods to recognize linguistic patterns of a therapeutic alliance between therapist and family. These linguistic patterns are linked to fidelity of implementation, and demonstrate adherence to EBP protocol. His research provides a foundation for efficiently evaluating the translation of EBPs to real world use, thereby closing the gap between research and practice.

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Apr
5
9:00 AM09:00

NU Feinberg: Research Day

14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day >>

About Research Day:

The 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day is a campus-wide event to promote faculty and trainee development through the sharing of exciting research and conversation with colleagues. Junior faculty are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and to network and exchange ideas with Feinberg faculty. Research Day also provides an opportunity to learn about the Research Cores and the full spectrum of support they provide for clinical and basic science research.

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Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

IPHAM Seminar Series: Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH presenting on the Results of the BetterBirth Trial

Topic: 
"Results of the BetterBirth Trial: Using Implementation Science to Understand Lessons Learned from a Coaching Quality Improvement Intervention of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist in India"

Presenter: 
Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH 
Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

For more information and to obtain the link to the webinar when it is available, please visit IPHAM's website >>

WEBINAR LINK >>

 

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Mar
27
12:00 PM12:00

Greg Aarons, Marisa Sklar, and Hendricks Brown: “Scaling-out” evidence-based interventions to new populations and/or health care delivery systems:  Improving efficacy in implementation process

“Scaling-out” evidence-based interventions to new populations and/or health care delivery systems: 
Improving efficacy in implementation process

Greg Aarons, Ph.D.
University of California-San Diego

Marisa Sklar, M.S.W.
University of California-San Diego

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

ABSTRACT:
Background: Implementing treatments and interventions with demonstrated effectiveness is critical for improving patient health outcomes at a reduced cost. When an evidence-based intervention (EBI) is implemented with fidelity in a setting that is very similar to the setting wherein it was previously found to be effective, it is reasonable to anticipate similar benefits of that EBI. However, one goal of implementation science is to expand the use of EBIs as broadly as is feasible and appropriate in order to foster the greatest public health impact. When implementing an EBI in a novel setting, or targeting novel populations, one must consider whether there is sufficient justification that the EBI would have similar benefits to those found in earlier trials.

Discussion: In this paper, we introduce a new concept for implementation called “scaling-out” when EBIs are adapted either to new populations or new delivery systems, or both. Using existing external validity theories and multilevel mediation modeling, we provide a logical framework for determining what new empirical evidence is required for an intervention to retain its evidence-based standard in this new context. The motivating questions are whether scale-out can reasonably be expected to produce population-level effectiveness as found in previous studies, and what additional empirical evaluations would be necessary to test for this short of an entirely new effectiveness trial. We present evaluation options for assessing whether scaling-out results in the ultimate health outcome of interest.

Conclusion: In scaling to health or service delivery systems or population/community contexts that are different from the setting where the EBI was originally tested, there are situations where a shorter timeframe of translation is possible. We argue that implementation of an EBI in a moderately different setting or with a different population
can sometimes “borrow strength” from evidence of impact in a prior effectiveness trial. The collection of additional empirical data is deemed necessary by the nature and degree of adaptations to the EBI and the context. Our argument in this paper is conceptual, and we propose formal empirical tests of mediational equivalence in a follow-up paper.

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Mar
27
11:30 AM11:30

ISGMH Network Canvas Open House on the CONNECT & EDIT Programs

When:
Tuesday, March 27
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where:
Room 14-039
625 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611

Lunch will be provided

RSVP HERE >>

Details: 

An NIH/NIDA funded project (R01 DA042711), led by Drs. Michelle Birkett and Gregory Phillips in the CONNECT and EDIT Programs at ISGMH, is building an interviewer-supported touchscreen application for personal network data capture called Network Canvas.

Health researchers are increasingly interested in collecting social network data to better understand the drivers of health and disease in different populations, but doing so presents numerous methodological challenges. The Network Canvas software aims to minimize these challenges by providing researchers a flexible, user-friendly tool that allows them to design bespoke interview protocols, deploy their protocols through a cross-platform responsive app, and securely store and export collected data on a back-end graph database. Informed by user-centered design principles, the software allows for quick and accurate capture of data from study participants about themselves and the people and places with whom they interact using a series of touchscreen interfaces. Researchers will be able to easily navigate all three components of the suite, regardless of technical expertise, and leverage the social, relational and geospatial data they collect in near real-time to assess more nuanced associations between contextual factors and the spread of infectious disease.

At the Open House, attendees will be able to:

  • Interact with the current version of the software on a variety of touchscreen devices
  • View a demo led by key project personnel
  • Ask questions about the software design and data collection methodology
  • Preview mockups of forthcoming functionality.

Event details also available on ISGHM's site here. 

Read more about Network Canvas here.

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Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

Lawrence Palinkas & Sapna Mendon: Conceptualizing and measuring sustainability of prevention programs and initiatives

Conceptualizing and measuring sustainability of prevention programs and initiatives

Lawrence Palinkas, Ph.D.
Sapna Mendon, M.S.W.
University of Southern California

ABSTRACT:
Sustainment of prevention efforts directed at substance use and mental health problems is one of the greatest, yet least understood challenges of implementation science.  A large knowledge gap exists regarding the meaning of the term “sustainment” and what factors predict or measure sustainment of effective prevention programs and support systems. Specifically, it is unclear whether sustainment is an outcome of implementation as described by Proctor and colleagues1, whether it reflects a (final) stage in the process of implementation, or whether it is both process and outcome of implementation.  This presentation describes an effort to design and evaluate a Sustainment Measurement System (SMS), based on interviews with 45 representatives of 10 grantees within 4 SAMHSA programs (Strategic Prevention Framework – State Initiative Grants, Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking [STOP-Act], Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program, and Prevention Practices in Schools). Data collection consisted of a semi-structured interview to identify experiences with implementation and sustainment barriers and facilitators; free list exercise to elicit participant conceptions of the word “sustainment” and what it will take to sustain their programs; and a checklist of Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) elements to identify which are important for sustainment.  A draft SMS will be introduced, along with a preliminary conceptual model to explain the sustainment of community-wide prevention programs that are designed for and implemented in community settings, and a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) of CFIR domains to identify necessary and sufficient conditions for sustainment.

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Mar
19
2:00 PM14:00

NIH ODP 2018 Early-Stage Investigator Lecture: Jacob Bor, Sc.D., S.M.

The NIH ODP will be featuring the 2018 winner of the Early-Stage Investigator Lecture, which each year features an early-stage researcher who has made substantial, outstanding research contributions to their respective fields & are poised to become future leaders in prevention research. 

NIH ODP 2018 Early-Stage Investigator Lecture Winner: 
Jacob Bor, Sc.D., S.M.
Assistant Professor & Peter T. Paul Career Development Professor
Boston University

Lecture Title:
The Promise and Pitfalls of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from South Africa

Location:
Neuroscience Center (NSC) Building
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room A1/A2
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Date & Time: 
Monday, March 19, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET

For more information about this lecture, Dr. Bor, and this exciting early-career opportunity, please visit the NIH ODP site here >>

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Mar
13
12:00 PM12:00

Donald Hedeker: Investigating mood regulation and smoking: Applications of mixed-effects location-scale models for intensive longitudinal data

Investigating mood regulation and smoking: Applications of mixed-effects location-scale models for intensive longitudinal data

Donald Hedeker, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

ABSTRACT:
Ecological momentary assessment and/or experience sampling methods are increasingly used in health and psychological studies to study subjective experiences within changing environmental contexts. In these studies, up to 30 or 40 observations are often obtained for each subject, and so these data are also called intensive longitudinal data. Because there are so many measurements per subject, one can characterize a subject’s mean and variance and can specify models for both. In this presentation, we focus on an adolescent smoking study using ecological momentary assessment where interest is on characterizing changes in mood variation associated with smoking. We describe how covariates can influence the mood variances and also extend the statistical model by adding a subject-level random effect to the within-subject variance specification. This permits subjects to have influence on the mean, or location, and variability, or (square of the) scale, of their mood responses. These mixed-effects location scale models have useful applications in many research areas where interest centers on the joint modeling of the mean and variance structure

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Mar
13
12:00 PM12:00

ISGMH: Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Lecture Series – Dr. Dustin Duncan

Join our partners, ISGMH, for their “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Dr. Dustin Duncan. He will present on “Spatial Epidemiology of Health Disparities in LGBT Populations: What Do We Know and What’s Next?”

To RSVP, please visit this page >>

ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the CONNECT Program and with Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health.

Location:
This lecture will be on Tuesday, March 13th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP if you will be attending.

Abstract: 
This talk will focus on existing research that assesses neighborhood-level determinants of health outcomes and behaviors among LGBT populations, including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This talk will also discuss the limitations of current approaches to studying the influence of neighborhoods and health, focus on methods and approaches used to define neighborhoods and measure their characteristics, and explore emerging methods aimed at addressing these limitations, including the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in neighborhoods and health research.

About the presenter: 
Dustin T. Duncan, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, where he directs the NYU Spatial Epidemiology Lab. As a social and spatial epidemiologist, he studies how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health, with a particular focus on HIV epidemiology and prevention and emerging work on sleep epidemiology and promotion. Dr. Duncan work has an emphasis on minority health and health disparities, especially among sexual minority populations and in particular gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and emerging work among gender minority populations. His work includes applying emerging geospatial technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smart phones to, in part, examine spatial mobility and social networks in neighborhoods. Dr. Duncan completed his doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, both in social epidemiology, at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Mar
12
to Mar 13

NAS Health and Medicine Division Workshop: Integrating Infectious Disease Considerations with Response to the Opioid Epidemic

National Academies of Science Health and Medicine Division to host a one and a half day public workshop on the infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic. 

Led by Carlos del Rio, Director of the Emory University CFAR, participants will discuss the scope of the problem, giving particular attention to viral hepatitis, HIV, and endocarditis. Attention will be given to reducing the infectious disease co-morbidities of injection drug use, especially strategies that emphasize empathy, respectful treatment, and patient satisfaction.

Speakers at the workshop will present on how the opioid epidemic has changed the epidemiology of infectious disease. In panel and open discussion, participants will discuss strategies to prevent and treat infections in people who inject drugs, especially ways to work efficiently through the existing public health and medical systems. Effective novel strategies will also be discussed. Attention will be paid to strategies that seem realistic, making efficient use of existing resources, as well as those that could not be implemented without additional funds.

Link to Agenda >>

Link to Livestream >>

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Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Anne Sales: Frameworks to strategies: Designing implementation interventions

Frameworks to strategies: Designing implementation interventions

Anne Sales, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

ABSTRACT:
In this talk, I’ll describe current state of the science in terms of the use of implementation research frameworks to support the process of implementation and implementation planning, assess determinants of implementation success, and evaluate the outcomes of implementation efforts, as well as describe in more detail two commonly used and synergistic implementation strategies: feedback interventions and learning collaboratives. I’ll discuss how to assess when these strategies are likely to be useful, and when they may not be optimal in deciding how to support implementation of evidence based practices.

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Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Third Coast CFAR Pilot Funds: Application Due

PILOT FUNDS AVAILABLE for HIV/AIDS RESEARCH

The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for pilot awards for HIV/AIDS research.

Third Coast CFAR Faculty Members are eligible to serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) on these grants.  Affiliate Members are eligible to serve as co-PIs and collaborators.  The PI must be a new investigator (never PI on R01-equivalent NIH grant) or an established investigator that has never received R01-equivalent NIH funding for HIV/AIDS research.

Required Third Coast CFAR membership is free and it is easy to sign-up here.

Pilot awards are intended for key preliminary studies in HIV-related basic, clinical, or behavioral research that will enable new NIH grant submissions and stimulate cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Maximum project direct costs: $50,000
Required letter of intent survey due: January 10, 2018 - Submit here.
Mandatory pre-submission review meeting: January 22, 2018
Applications due: February 28, 2018
Awards announcement expected: late April 2018
Project start date:  Varies depending on regulatory and administrative components required.

Full RFA, with eligibility and application instructions, is available here.

Questions?  Contact Fern Murdoch at f-murdoch@northwestern.edu

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Feb
28
11:00 AM11:00

ISGMH: Dr. Michelle Birkett presenting at DePaul University

 

ISGMH faculty & Ce-PIM collaborator Dr. Michelle Birkett will present a colloquium at DePaul University sponsored by their Clinical and Community Culture of Research Excellence (CORE) Committee.

Title:
“Understanding the Social and Systemic Drivers of HIV”

When:
Wednesday, February 28th
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Location:
DePaul University
Byrne Hall, Room 403
2219 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

This event is open to the public.

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