Develop innovative methods to maximize the impact of implementation research in HIV prevention.
Apply these innovative methods to close the gap between existing research, policy, and practice for HIV prevention.
Disseminate methods and train/mentor leaders at the intersection of HIV prevention, implementation science, and drug abuse fields to improve implementation of HIV prevention programs.
Our Research Focus
The purpose of this center’s is to develop new methodologies that can be used by federal and local agencies and communities to reduce HIV incidence. Biomedical interventions and strategies, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), rapid testing for HIV and early and consistent treatment for persons who are HIV positive (Treatment as Prevention, TasP) have been shown to have high efficacy and effectiveness in reducing HIV transmission, but there remains a giant gap between what research knows and what services needed to reduce population level incidence of HIV. The major premise of this Center is that the effective biomedical to reduce HIV incidence and disparities are in hand, but success will only be achieved when they are implemented in ways that meet individual, community, and health care delivery system needs. This methods Center addresses this major gap between research and practice through implementation science and methodology, focusing on innovative ways to address the complex, mulitilevel interactions needed to implement HIV prevention programs effectively. Two Cores, an Administrative Core and an Innovative Implementation Methods Core for HIV and Drug Abuse will carry out this work.
The Center’s Administrative structure includes 1) a steering committee, composed of scientists from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Southern California, Emory University, and the University of California Los Angeles and 2) a operations committee, charged with coordinating the research activities across Ce-PIM sites. Ce-PIM also provides pilot funding and mentoring of early stage investigators in the implementation field. These investigators are chosen through a national competition. Ce-PIM provides mentoring as well for K-grant awardees who are integrating implementation science into their work. The Center’s Administrative structure also supports collaborations with Ce-PIM members, scientists and domain experts in their own fields of research and practice.